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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.

Fifteen to 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 will evaluate applications and identify approximately 50 finalists. The finalists will be notified in mid-January and invited to participate in come to Mason on February 23 and 24 to participate in the final, on-campus stage of University Scholars selection. If you are a finalist, you will be notified via an email sent to the account you provided on your application, so please check that account.