Mason Student Awarded Senator John W. Warner Scholarship

Posted: April 23, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst

Michael Garrity, a freshman at George Mason, has been awarded the Senator John W. Warner Designated Scholarship. Garrity is the first student to be honored with the scholarship.

“I was extremely surprised, but very, very honored to receive the scholarship,” says Garrity. “Senator Warner has been a great state senator and one of the military family’s best friends.”

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), an organization dedicated to protecting the rights and benefits of military officers and their families during and after service in the military, is sponsoring the scholarship. The scholarship was named in honor of the Virginia senator in recognition of his years of service as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Garrity will receive a $4,500 loan and a $500 grant.

Garrity learned about MOAA from his father who joined the organization while he was still on active duty as a Navy officer. After learning about MOAA’s educational assistance opportunities, Garrity applied for and was awarded a $1,500 interest-free loan. As part of the process, Garrity replied with an update about his first year of college.

“At the time I replied, I had no idea MOAA was selecting a student for the Senator Warner Scholarship,” says Garrity.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA. Students are then judged according to three criteria: GPA, financial need and other activities.

Warner and Garrity were honored at MOAA’s annual Marix Awards ceremony at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., on April 17.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with our selection for the scholarship. Michael and his parents were more than appreciative,” says Glen Zauber, chief financial officer and scholarship manager of MOAA.

Garrity is majoring in mathematics with a minor in physics. He is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.

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