University Scholars

Mason's Investment in the Next Generation of Problem-solvers

Each fall since 1989, Mason has identified its most outstanding entering first-year students as University Scholars. These students receive a four year, full-tuition scholarship. Through this significant investment, Mason and the Honors College aim to develop a diverse and multidisciplinary group of problem-solvers able to take on the biggest questions and most daunting challenges.

University Scholar Henry Lopez

Henry Lopez, University Scholar Class of 2017, paints a student organization bench on the quad.

Along with their outstanding academic records, University Scholars each demonstrate excellence in three categories:

  • Intellectual vision and creativity.
  • An ability to solve problems and overcome obstacles.
  • A commitment to contributing to their communities, ranging from the local to the global.

In addition to receiving Mason’s largest merit scholarship, University Scholars receive four years of enhanced mentoring from faculty and the program’s Director. Throughout their time at Mason, they participate in unique co-curricular experiences designed to help them develop as leaders, researchers, and engaged citizens.

Approximately 20 new students join the University Scholars each fall. They are selected from Honors College applicants who applied by the priority deadline, November 1; no other application is necessary. Throughout December and January, a faculty committee evaluate applications and identify approximately 50 finalists. Finalists are invited to participate in the final stage of University Scholars selection. 

Finalists for the University Scholars class of 2025 have been notified at the email address they used to apply to the University. They will be invited to participate in a virtual, final selection process taking place at various times between February 25 and 27, 2021.