George Mason University


Mason Scholarships

Applying for a scholarship at Mason could not be easier! Scholarships are considered FREE money that will help you pay for college expenses.

Mason Foundation Scholarships

Foundation scholarships are open to all continuing undergraduates, admitted transfers, and graduate students, to review and apply for scholarship opportunities offered through the Mason Scholarship Application. The application process may vary by college or department. Students should contact their respective department for further information about the scholarships offered through their program.

Incoming Freshmen

Mason Foundation Scholarships for incoming freshmen attending fall semester require no separate scholarship application. Awards are open to admitted students who have confirmed their acceptance through a tuition deposit. Scholarship awards based on a combination of merit, need and availability. Some foundation scholarships are renewable provided students maintain eligibility by completing their requirements and may not be available for the current incoming class.

Notification of foundation scholarships for incoming freshmen begins mid-June and continues through August. Students, selected for the award will receive an official letter via email from the department or award committee. Recipients may view their awards on Patriot Web in the Financial Aid Awards section.

Continuing & Transfer Undergraduate Students

  • Admitted to the university
  • Must enroll for the upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75

Graduate Students

  • Admitted to the university
  • Must enroll for the upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Application Overview:

The Mason Scholarship Application includes both merit-based and financial need-based internal scholarships. Consideration for need-based scholarships require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Alternate Needs Assessment Form submitted to the financial aid office no later than January 15.

  • To access the online application, students must use their Patriot Pass log in credentials (NetID username and password).
  • Some applications require resumes other documents. Please ensure ample time for additional documents to be completed and submitted by the designated deadline.
  • We recommend typing your essays in a word processing program to take advantage of spell checking and word counting. Once you are done, just copy and paste your text into the application.
  • If you are having issues logging in with your Mason Net ID (username and password) please visit the Password Management website at Pass.

Mason Scholarship Handbook Guide


Participating Departments and Colleges

College/DepartmentApplication Source *Undergraduate only


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Alumni Association

Check Department Website

College of Education and Human Development

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website

College of Health and Human Services

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website

College of Science

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website*

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website

School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website

Volgenau School of Engineering

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website*

Office of Student Financial Aid Scholarships

Mason Application

Antonin Scalia Law School

Check Department Website

School of Business

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website*

Schar School of Policy and Government

Varies-Mason Application/Check Department Website

Study Abroad

Check Department Website

* Applies to undergraduate students only.


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