History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

BA in History

Program Scholarships

Charles and Polly Webber American History Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1975 by the Alexandria Scottish Rite Bodies as a tribute to Charles E. Webber and his wife, Pauline Graham Webber, to advance the study of American history. Mr. Webber was a leader in the Southern Jurisdiction (U.S.) of the Scottish Rite. Recipient must be majoring in history with an emphasis in American History and must have completed 30 hours at the University.

This scholarship is awarded by faculty nomination only, at the discretion of the department.

Donald R. Barr Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1985 in memory of Donald R. Barr, ’78, MA ’86 (posthumous), to assist students in history.  Mr. Barr was an alumnus of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  The endowment was funded by multiple donors, including his mother, Anita G. Barr, who was an employee of the university.  This award is presented to the graduating history major with the highest cumulative GPA and GPA in the major.

This scholarship is awarded by faculty nomination only, at the discretion of the department.

George Mason Memorial Society Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1997 by the George Mason Memorial Society and funded by multiple donors, the endowment perpetuates the ideals and contributions to American life of the patriot, George Mason of Gunston Hall. The scholarship benefits an undergraduate history major studying the legacy of George Mason and the nature of human rights in society.  Recipient will be chosen during his or her junior year and receive the scholarship assistance toward tuition costs during his or her senior year.

This scholarship is awarded by faculty nomination only, at the discretion of the department.

Randolph and Lucy Church Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2006 by Randolph W. Church, Jr. and Lucy C. Church, ’81, MPA ’86 to attract outstanding students majoring in English, history, modern languages, philosophy, psychology, political sciences, humanities, or economics. Mr. Church, an attorney, is a former rector of the Board of Visitors and former trustee of the George Mason University Foundation. Mrs. Church, a former trustee of the foundation and a former faculty member, is an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Recipient must:

  • Be an incoming freshman with a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and a strong record of scholastic achievement in college preparatory courses;
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student;
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Show unusual promise of superior scholastic achievement in the opinion of the college dean; and

Major in one of the following: English, history, modern languages philosophy, psychology or economics.

This scholarship is awarded by faculty nomination only, at the discretion of the department.

Robert K. Hedrick, Jr. Scholarship Endowment

Robert K. Hedrick, Jr. is a 1971 alumnus who earned a BA in history. The faculty and staff at George Mason had particularly impressed Mr. Hedrick, and he wanted to honor their hard work with special acknowledgement extended towards Dr. Josephine Pacheco, who greatly influenced his life. In addition, Mr. Hedrick feels that his education at George Mason University proved to be instrumental in his development as a professional and therefore, feels the need to offer the same opportunity to prospective liberal arts students. According to Mr. Hedrick, a liberal arts education is a foundation upon which students can explore a variety of careers.                                           

The fund supports scholarships to students earning a degree in history or art history.  Recipients may be an in-state or out-of-state student. Recipients will be considered on the basis of academic merit and demonstrated financial need, without which the individual would find it difficult to attend George Mason University. This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time, undergraduate student who meets these criteria.

This scholarship is awarded by faculty nomination only, at the discretion of the department.

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