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The First-Gen+ Center is Hiring!

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Want to support first-gen and/or undocumented students? The First-Gen+ Center is hiring!


The First-Gen+ Center is looking for enthusiastic students to become student peer mentors and UndocuAlly Trainers. These positions will begin during the Spring 2023 semester and will continue through the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Students selected will be REQUIRED to enroll in a UNIV 300-level course during the Spring 2023 semester (Thursdays 1:30 – 2:45PM). Applications close on January 8th, 2023. Please email firstgen@gmu.edu with any questions.

FIRST-GEN+ CENTER MENTORS: 

  • FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT PEER MENTORS: The First-Generation (“First-Gen”) Peer Mentoring program is a program to support first gen student success at George Mason University. First-Gen Peer Mentors will provide support while serving as a positive role model for these students. 
  • STEP MENTORS: The Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) is an initiative of the First-Gen+ Center created to enhance the recruitment, engagement and retention of first-generation college students accepted to George Mason University. STEP mentors play an integral role in helping incoming STEP students transition and build community at Mason.

UNDOCUALLY TRAINERS:

  • The UndocuAlly Training team includes the ongoing development of an established training curriculum to advance awareness across and beyond campus about undocumented communities (experiences, policy, language, support). Each trainer brings their own skills and experiences, but the training team works together to deliver educational content and facilitate engaging activities for faculty, staff, students, and off-campus partners to advance support for the undocumented student community.
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CEHD Scholarship Applications Now Open

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CEHD scholarship applications for the Spring 2023 semester are now open! Please view the CEHD Scholarships and Awards webpage for information on eligibility requirements and how to apply. Scholarship applications that are currently open have “Apply now!” noted after their name on the site. The deadline to apply for all scholarships open this cycle is Monday, November 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Read more about the criteria for current open scholarships below:

Annandale Woman’s Club Endowed Scholarship

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:
    • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
    • Attempting to complete the final year of a degree or licensure program in Education.
    • Enrolled full-time or part-time in the College of Education and Human Development.
    • Be a US Citizen or permanent resident.
    • Be a resident of Northern Virginia for at least one year prior to receiving the scholarship.
    • Have a strong record of academic merit (3.0 GPA or higher).
    • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application.

Dr. Marjory F. Brown-Azarowicz Scholarship

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:
    • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
    • Be enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development pursuing a program of study leading to initial teaching licensure.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to the teaching profession and the field of education.
    • Exhibit a strong record of academic merit (undergraduate – 3.0 GPA or higher; graduate – 3.5 GPA or higher).
    • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
    • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

The Bernard and Marianne Harless Scholarship Fund

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:
    • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
    • Be a full-time graduate or undergraduate student currently enrolled in CEHD’s Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s (B/AM) program.
    • Have a strong record of academic merit (minimum 3.0 GPA for undergraduate students / 3.5 GPA for graduate students).
    • Be enrolled in a teaching program toward K-12 licensure.
    • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
    • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application.

The Phyllis Cofield Pajardo Scholarship Fund

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:
    • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
    • Be enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Educational Leadership or in a Master’s in Education degree program with an Educational Leadership concentration.
    • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in the College of Education and Human Development.
    • Have a strong record of academic merit (3.0 GPA or higher).
    • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid.
    • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).

Kyle Wilson Memorial Scholarship

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:
    • Submit a completed online application by the deadline.
    • Be currently enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development Athletic Training program.
    • Be admitted to the professional phase of the Athletic Training program.
    • Have at least a 3.0 overall GPA.
    • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application (maximum 300 words).
    • Upload the most recent copy of your resume (via the application). Work experience is not required, but employment history, activities/organizations, awards/honors, etc., that may be relevant to your application is.

The Winant Endowed Scholarship

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:
    • Submit a completed online application by the deadline
    • Be enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Education and Human Development.
    • Exhibit a strong record of academic merit (3.5 GPA or higher).
    • Have a FAFSA application on file with the Office of Financial Aid demonstrating financial need.
    • Write an essay on a topic specified by the application.
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Join The Honors College: Upcoming Info Sessions 10/20 & 10/24

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The Honors College is now accepting applications from current Mason students who are exceptionally motivated and enthusiastic about learning. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are looking for an environment that will challenge and stretch their abilities while providing support and community. Currently enrolled students can apply to join the Honors College in their second or third year and the application can be found on this webpage

Interested students are encouraged to join one of the two upcoming information sessions on Thursday, October 20th or Monday, October 24th. Detailed information about the sessions can be found on the Honors College websiteMason360, and on the attached flyer. Students are also more than welcome to email trahman5@gmu.edu with any questions. 

General eligibility criteria to apply for the Honors College are as follows:

  • Minimum of 24 credit hours completed at Mason (by the end of the semester they are applying)    
  • Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA  
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New Scholarship Opportunity for Aspiring Teachers

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The Rachel Sleichter Scholarship for Teaching Excellence was established in 2022. Rachel graduated in the spring of 2022 with her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Elementary Education from the College of Education and Human Development. This scholarship honors Rachel’s dedication and persistence, and supports aspiring teachers. This scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate or a graduate student who is pursuing a degree in teaching, specific to K-12 education.

Applicant requirements:

• Undergraduate or graduate student (full or part-time)

• GPA of 2.75 or higher

• Must be pursuing a degree in teaching, specific to K-12 Education

• Demonstrated financial need and academic merit

Important Dates and Other Information:

  • Application Window: September 1st, 2022 – January 1, 2023
  • Awards Notifications: all finalists will receive a confirmation of their award selection or denial by Friday, March 10.
  • Scholarship Dinner: all selected scholarship recipients will be invited to the annual Scholarship Dinner. Additional RSVP is required upon receipt of invitation.
  • Thank You Letters: all selected scholarship recipients will be required to write a formal letter of appreciation to the donor(s) responsible for endowing the scholarship that they have received.
  • Photo/Press Release: all selected scholarship recipients will take a group photo and be featured in various Mason news publications, such as, The Scroll, Mason Spirit magazine, Mason website, social media accounts, etc.

Apply Here.

For inquiries, please email Jessica Scibetti.

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CEHD Student Organization Spotlight: Educators Rising Collegiate

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This week, we interviewed Educators Rising Collegiate President, Sophia Takacs, to learn more about the CEHD-related organization. Keep reading to learn more about Educators Rising, and to find out how you can get involved!

Who is eligible to join Educators Rising?

Everyone! Our organization goes beyond CEHD. We welcome any Mason student of any major to join us if they are interested in the education field. Graduate students are also welcome, but cannot be E-board members nor vote. 

What is the mission of Educators Rising?

Educators Rising Collegiate strives to help prepare individuals to become effective educators who advocate for their profession by providing professional development, leadership development, and opportunities geared towards allowing aspiring educators to make an impact.

Why should students join Educators Rising?

Students should join our organization because it is an excellent network and an opportunity to build community where you can learn about processes to become a teacher, apply for scholarships and get a foot in the door with schools with shadowing, subbing, or tutoring. If you plan to teach in the future, Educators Rising will help you build the confidence and tools you need to become an effective educator.

What kinds of events does your organization offer?

In the past, we have planned a lesson plan workshop, the first day of the school-themed meeting, and an interview workshop with a principal from Loudoun County Public Schools. 

What is your favorite thing about being in Educators Rising?

My favorite thing about being in Educators Rising is the community we have made. It is incredible to have so many people interested in the same profession in one room. There is so much dialogue that is extremely beneficial for all future educators to hear. 

What is the best way to contact Educators Rising to get involved?

The best way to contact our organization is through our email edrising@gmu.edu. You can also join our organization on Mason360!

Is there anything else you think the Mason CEHD community should know about Educators Rising? 

We will be attending the 2022 Yardfest occurring on Sunday, October 16, 2022, from 10:30 am-2 pm. Also, our goal is for every General Body meeting to be held on the second Friday of each month, though it might be subject to change based on schedules.

If you have further questions about Educators Rising, you can learn more by visiting their national website at https://educatorsrising.org.