The George Mason Memorial Society Endowed Scholarship was established in 1997 by the George Mason Memorial Society and funded by multiple donors. The endowment serves to perpetuate the ideals and contributions to American life of the university’s namesake, George Mason IV of Gunston Hall. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to worthy students who seek knowledge of our heritage in preparation for service as citizens in the future. One award will be made annually to an undergraduate history major whose work and interests reflect the legacy of George Mason and the nature of human rights in society, to supplement tuition costs for the recipient’s senior year.
Sean Simmons is a history major from Loudoun County, Virginia, pursuing a bachelor's of arts and an accelerated master's of arts, and they are a senior graduating this semester. Sean is passionate about history and social justice, with their coursework focusing on critical social history and feminist/anti-racist literature. They hope to use their skills and education to meaningfully add to the mainstream history narrative through public history education.