Student Scholarships

Academy For Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES): ARCHES is a six-week program for ten undergraduate students who are rising juniors and rising seniors interested in pursuing medical studies. All students are encouraged to apply, including students who identify as first-generation college students, students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in the health professions, and students who are committed to advancing opportunities for populations who lack equitable access to health care and/or committed to serving the underserved.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund: The maximum grant is $15,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available. All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year. Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years. An online application must be submitted along with a personal statement (no more than 1000 words), two letters of recommendation, transcripts and financial information by April 1.  Incarcerated applicants may request a paper application. Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July.

The Devlin Family Scholarship: The Devlin Family Scholarship is a gift from Sociology alumna, Suzanne Devlin. A $1,000 award will be made on an annual basis. The purpose of the Devlin Family Scholarship Fund is to provide support to a sociology undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates leadership in social justice activities which support constructive community integration and dialogue spanning race, religion, ethnic, cultural, and stereotyped gender bias. Activities include participation in a Fairfax County program that supports re-entry from incarceration, conflict management, restorative practice, anti-bullying, gang resistance education, or gender transition issues. If you fit the eligibility criteria for this award, submit your application to Dr. Rutledge Dennis ( by 5:00 p.m., March 15th.

Dennis-Weathers Award: The Dennis-Weathers Sociology Award was created in honor of Dr. Rutledge M. Dennis’s parents, David and Ora Porcher-Dennis, and his godparents, Joseph and Rebecca Rutledge Weathers. This award will be given annually to full-time or part-time students who’ve been involved in programs and activities at the university and /or the broader community, which support cultural, inter-cultural, and cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. No GPA requirements. If you fit the eligibility criteria for this award, submit your application to Dr. Rutledge Dennis ( by 5:00 p.m., March 15th.

Global Sustainability Scholars: The Global Sustainability Scholars program brings together talented undergraduates for a paid three-summer immersive experience, where students travel abroad, conduct research and build their professional network in real world sustainability issues.  

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Scholarship: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Scholarship is a merit scholarship available to Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) transfer students who have shown significant academic achievement and community involvement at George Mason University. Applicants must be a NVCC transfer student with a Mason cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate involvement within the Mason Community.