Jon Sultan Writing Award $1,000 (Open only to SIS Students)

Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2019

This award is open to all freshman students who have declared an Integrative Studies major in the 2018-2019 year (including students in the EVSS degree). Mr. Steven A. Sultan and Mrs. Susan E. Sultan established the Jon Sultan Writing Award in memory of their son, Jon, who was a valuable member of the first Integrative Studies cohort in 1995. The Sultan Award winner receives $1,000. Students must self-nominate and submit writing sample materials, along with the name and contact information of an SIS faculty member who could, if needed, act as a reference. Submissions are due by 5pm Friday, March 1st.

How to apply:

students who wish to compete for the Sultan Award will submit one PDF document of the combined writing samples. The submission should include three pieces of written work (this can include more traditional essays as well as multi-media projects with a substantial written component, such as digital stories) completed in first year at Mason with a short introduction (500 words maximum) that explains the author’s choice of writing samples, focusing in particular on how these samples showcase his/her talent and versatility as a writer and his/her development as a writer over the first year of college. The introduction should also briefly summarize his/her future writing plans.

These materials should be emailed to Professor Spradling at by 5 p.m. on March, 1st 2019. For full consideration, please include "Sultan Award Submission" in your email subject line.

Criteria for writing samples:

The three writing samples submitted must altogether show evidence of the following:

  1. Well-reasoned arguments that are supported by logic and evidence
  2. Overall strong foundational elements of writing 
  3. A comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter and principles treated in the student’s learning communities
  4. Creativity – a high degree of originality and independence of thought 
  5. A superior ability to organize, analyze, and synthesize ideas 
  6. An outstanding ability to communicate these ideas (through language, composition, excellent grammar, and accurate use of citations)


The panel of judges will consist of SIS faculty members and advisors. They will convene shortly after the deadline to evaluate and select a winner, who will be announced before the end of the spring semester.