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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

University Scholar Henry Lopez paints a student organization bench. Lopez came to the United States from Guatemala when he was 4. He recently introduced first lady Michelle Obama, who came to Mason for a campaign rally.

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 year. They're selected from Honors College applicants who applied by the priority deadline, November 1. Finalists are identified by mid-January and invited to participate in an on-campus selection process, which takes place in late February.