The Military, Veterans, & Families Initiative

Education

Mason is a Research I university dedicated to providing access to excellence for all students from all backgrounds. Nearly 10% of Mason’s student body are veterans, active duty members, or dependents, and Mason is routinely ranked by numerous publications as one of the best universities in the nation for veterans. Supporting students with military backgrounds, active duty students, and students from military families is a priority at Mason. The University offers scholarships, custom pathways, and other support resources for those students, as well as a range of curricular programs related to military and veteran issues.

Scholarships

There are a range of scholarships that are specific to Mason student veterans and dependents.

The Cornell Wells Endowed Scholarship
  • For active duty military, a reservist, or a military veteran with an Honorable Discharge pursuing a degree from the School of Business
ERPI Patriot Scholarship – College of Health and Human Services
  • For undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Health and Human Services
  • Applicants must be service-disabled veterans, veterans, or immediate family to a veteran of the U.S. armed forces
  • Applicants may either be full time or part-time students and will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need
ERPI Patriot Scholarship – Schar School of Policy and Government
  • For veterans admitted to a Schar degree program or dependents of service-disabled veterans
  • $2,500 per semester toward educational expenses, up to a total of $10,000
The Kara Anne Lang Endowed Scholarship
  • For veterans who have been honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Services, or who are currently serving as an Active Duty, Reservist, or National Guard service member
  • Recipients must be undergraduates and will qualify on the basis of merit and/or financial need
The Kevin and Veronica McCrohan Endowed Scholarship
  • For students majoring or minoring in marketing in the School of Business who are serving or have served (1) on active duty in the Special Operations forces of any US military service or (2) in the combat arms of the US Army (Combat Arms or Combat Support; Air Defense Artillery, Armor, Aviation Engineers, Field Artillery, Infantry, Chemical Corps, Military Intelligence, Military Police or Signal Corps), or (3) in the US Marine Corps
  • Preference will be given to those in category 1 above, and appropriate documentation of service will be required, such a Form DD-214
  • Applicants must be full-time undergraduates and must poses a minimum 2.5 GPA
Thank You Veterans Study Abroad Award
  • For student veterans participating in a summer term, Mason, faculty-led program abroad
  • Funding to cover tuition, program fees, and travel incidentals as required
The Veterans Endowed Scholarship
  • For veterans who have been honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Services, or who are currently serving as an Active Duty, Reservist, or National Guard service member
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who have earned military awards, have demonstrated leadership in community activities, or are combat veterans
  • Applicants must be undergraduates and will qualify on the basis of merit and financial need
  • Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA
Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship
  • For undergraduate students who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years, are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree, anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time post-graduation, and qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need
  • Preference will be given to newly matriculating students
  • Recipients should also demonstrate achievements and promise in the face of challenges and/or hardships as well as a commitment to obtaining their degree
Osher Re-Entry Scholarship Program
  • For re-entry students who have experienced a cumulative gap in their pursuit of higher education of at least five years and have documented financial need

Pathways

Mason provides a set of curriculum pathways that are specifically oriented toward current and former service members.

Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2)
  • The EMDP2 is a two-year program designed to ready military personnel for medical school. The program includes coursework and training to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test. It is made possible by a partnership between Uniformed Services University and George Mason University’s College of Science.
Veteran Nursing Pathway
  • The veteran nursing pathway shortens the time required to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) by co-enrolling at Mason and a partner community college AAS-Nursing program. Applicants can earn their BSN in as little as one semester after completing the AAS-Nursing degree and obtaining their RN license. The majority of classes are offered in a seven-week format and all of the courses are offered online.
Congressional Fellowship Program for Master’s in Public Policy
  • The Congressional Fellowship Program for Master’s in Public Policy provides fellows with the skills in policymaking and analysis necessary for understanding and solving critical problems.

Resources

Mason is committed to helping its student service members, veterans, and family members navigate the various sets of resources available.

Office of Military Services
  • The Office serves active-duty service members, veterans, national guard, reservists, and dependents with benefits, the GI Bill, verification of enrollment, academic advising, career resources, disability services, and more. Although any office at Mason will do their best to assist with questions and information, the Office of Military Services has expertise in how the military community can make the most of Mason’s resources.
Resources in Schar School of Policy and Government
  • George Mason University and the Schar School of Policy and Government are proud to welcome veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, and dependents to our community. As the largest public research institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mason offers a wealth of resources to its students.
George Mason University's Chapter of Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) builds leaders and leads collaboration among government and industry to develop multi-disciplined solutions to national security infrastructure challenges. The Society unites public and private sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and facility management, cyber security, project planning, contracting and acquisition, and related disciplines in support of national security.

Programs

Many of Mason’s programs may be of interest to service members, veterans, and family members – click to review our undergraduate and graduate programs. We also have a set of programs that are specifically related to military and veteran experiences, as listed below.

War and the Military in Society Concentration (MA – Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • Recent events have demonstrated the degree to which military issues affect social groups, global politics, and the world economy. Understanding the ways in which armies are raised and funded, the reasons troops serve, the conditions military personnel and civilians endure during wartime, and the multifaceted and evolving ways in which nations conceive of the military apparatus has direct bearing on future policy decisions.
Security-Related Programs (Graduate Certificates/Programs – Schar School of Policy & Government)
  • With a faculty drawn from the alphabet agencies and think tanks of nearby Washington, D.C., the Schar School of Policy and Government’s security studies programs take students on an immersive academic experience unlike any other. The programs prepare students to become leaders who face down the country's and the world’s largest challenges in policy, intelligence, terrorism, biodefense, emergency management, and diplomacy, among others.
Naval Ship Design (Graduate Certificate – Volgenau School of Engineering)
  • The graduate certificate in naval ship design provides students with the fundamentals and hands-on experience to be effective ship designers and design managers. Through coursework and experiential learning, students will develop specific knowledge in the art of naval ship design and acquire the skills to support the management of new and in-service design programs.
Training/Internships for Students
  • George Mason University trains current and future professionals to be competent in working in their respective fields with service members, veterans, and their families. Future goals include providing workforce training for service members, veterans, and their families.