The Donald R. Barr Memorial Endowed Scholarship was 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. To provide scholarships for history majors.
Rose Eldardiri began her journey at George Mason University as a global affairs major. After much searching and contemplation, she discovered her love and passion for history. Now, she is concentrating on global history, specifically the Middle East and North Africa. Although she grew up in northern Virginia, Rose was originally born in Cairo, Egypt. Her passion for Middle Eastern culture and history is what led her to her concentration. Currently, Rose is a senior. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a teaching license to teach English as a foreign language abroad. After that, Rose hopes to visit the Middle East and begin her career there. Overall, she feels extremely honored to receive this scholarship and is excited about the future.
Sean Simmons is a junior in the George Mason history bachelor’s to accelerated master’s degree program. He is from Northern Virginia, and intends to go into the museum field after graduation. Sean specializes in racial injustice in American history, and is pursuing minors in music and political philosophy.