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Welcome from the Director

Please note that no decisions about selection for the University Scholars Program will be made until February.


Dear Prospective University Scholars and Families:

We welcome your interest in George Mason and the University Scholars Program. The University Scholarship is Mason’s most prestigious and most competitive merit-based award, and the selection process is a rigorous one: the committee considers candidates’ academic accomplishments, their potential for intellectual development and original thought, their leadership skills, and their service experiences. Each year, about 25 in-coming freshmen join this unique, interdisciplinary community of learners and leaders.

University Scholars have access to all the best Mason has to offer: the diverse population of students and scholars and the opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research that come at large, top-flight research campuses, as well as the personal connections to faculty, staff, and classmates fostered by the more intimate environment of the Honors College. And, if you are selected to become a University Scholars, you will have additional opportunities: you will¬† build your own freshman Living-Learning Community in Eastern Shore with 25 other first-year Scholars, and you will find friends, colleagues, collaborators, and mentors in the University Scholar classes above your own. University Scholars serve as leaders in classes, labs, and organizations across Mason’s campus; whatever your interests and passions are, you will likely find a Scholar eager to share them with you.

As the Director of the University Scholars Program, I have opportunity unique among educators: I help students think about their undergraduate experience holistically–that is to say, as an entire four-year experience–rather than just approaching circumstances from one semester to the next. I have the privilege of working with a great group of students every day, and I can say without hesitation that this community both welcomes its members and challenges them to make the most of their undergraduate experience. If you join this community, you too can be a leader at George Mason and make a difference in your world.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me —

With all best wishes,

Anthony Dyer Hoefer, PhD
Director, University Scholars Program