Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships

These Scholarships are open to all students who have declared a major in the School of Integrative Studies (INTS, EVSS & BIS).

 For students who are the first in their immediate family to pursue an undergraduate education (e.g. neither parent/guardian have completed a four-year degree in the United States)

   Funds towards internships, study abroad, alternative breaks, field courses 

    For leaders who contribute to the community

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 sspradli@gmu.edu 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)

Judges:

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.

 

First Generation Scholarship

($500 - $1,000)

Description: The School of Integrative Studies First Generation Student Scholarship is open to George Mason University students enrolled in Integrative Studies, Bachelors of Individualized Studies (BIS), or Environmental Sustainability Studies degrees, who are the first in their immediate family to pursue an undergraduate education (e.g. neither parent/guardian have completed a four-year degree in the United States). Awards are given in consideration of financial need.

Qualifications for This Scholarship

  • Applicant must be enrolled full time as an undergraduate student at George Mason University.
  • Applicant must be majoring in Integrative Studies, BIS or Environmental Sustainability Studies.
  • Must be an undergraduate in good academic standing per university guidelines
  • Applicant must have a current FAFSA or Alternative Need form on file with Mason's Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Must be a First-Generation Student as defined within FAFSA or Alternative Need form: The first in their family to attend college (neither birth or adoptive parents have completed a 4-year college degree).

How to Apply

Applications due by October 15. Apply through the Financial Aid Scholarships page(Click on Mason Scholarship Application link)

This award is typically disbursed in December/January.

Experiential Learning Scholarship

($250 - $500)

Description: The School of Integrative Studies (SIS) Experiential Learning (EL) Scholarship is open to George Mason University students enrolled in Integrative Studies, BIS or Environmental Sustainability Studies degrees and registered to participate in an EL program such as an Alternative Break, Field Studies Course, Mason Study Abroad or other EL experience with travel and/or academic costs associated, during the spring, summer, fall or winter semesters. Scholarship awards range from approximately $250 to $500 and vary based on the expense of program and strength of the student's application. Scholarships are need- and merit-based. Each applicant is carefully considered by the School of Integrative Studies Awards Committee. The Committee looks for applicants who have a strong academic record, demonstrate financial need, and are passionate about their Experiential Learning program. Applicants are encouraged to share special circumstances, personal stories, or any other connections that demonstrate why and how the student will benefit from their chosen program and the scholarship award.

Scholarship awards are designed to supplement a student's funds during their chosen program.

Scholarships will not be disbursed to students who cancel their participation in a program or if the program is cancelled. Students who withdraw from their program after disbursement are required to repay the scholarship. 

Qualifications for This Scholarship

  • Applicant must be enrolled full time as an undergraduate student at George Mason University.
  • Applicant must be majoring in Integrative Studies, BIS or Environmental Sustainability Studies.
  • Applicant must be accepted to an EL program (Study Abroad, Alternative Break, Field Studies Course or other EL experience with travel and/or academic costs associated
  • Applicant must have a 2.5 or greater GPA.
  • Applicant must have a current FAFSA or Alternative Need form on file with Mason's Office of Student Financial Aid.

How to Apply

Applications due by October 15. Apply through the Financial Aid Scholarships page. (Click on Mason Scholarship Application link) 

Lucas Leadership Scholarship ($1,000)

Description: The School of Integrative Studies (SIS) Lucas Leadership Scholarship honors the contribution and leadership of Dr. Nance Lucas during her tenure as Associate Dean. This scholarship is open to George Mason University students enrolled in Integrative Studies, BIS or Environmental Sustainability Studies degrees and demonstrate exceptional leadership and ethics in all areas of academic and personal life. This scholarship is renewable and may be used for tuition and fees and/or sponsored activities, but not travel expenses.

Qualifications:

  • Must be an undergraduate in good academic standing per university guidelines
  • Must be pursuing a degree in Integrative Studies, BIS or Environmental Sustainability Studies
  • Preference will be given to students who are verified members of a recognized non-profit group and who demonstrate leadership and service
  • May be either full or part-time students

How to Apply

Applications due by October 15. Apply through the Financial Aid Scholarships page(Click on Mason Scholarship Application link)

This award is typically disbursed in December/January.