Volgenau School Partners with Volkswagen Group of America

Posted: October 3, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Edgerly

As part of a comprehensive education initiative designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next-generation automotive engineering, Volkswagen Group of America is investing $225,000 in Mason’s Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering.

The investment from Volkswagen Group will support two “VW Distinguished Scholars” in the Volgenau School each year for the next five years for a total investment of $175,000.

The Volgenau School will work with the Office of Admissions to identify potential candidates for these scholarships, who will enter as freshmen in fall 2009.

In addition, Volkswagen’s Public Affairs Department will support a corporate sponsorship at $10,000 per year for the next five years. They will join 14 other current corporate partners who are already engaged with the Volgenau School. The funds will go toward general support of the school.

“We are very pleased that Volkswagen has invested in a strong partnership with our school,” says Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the Volgenau School. “Their commitment to higher education and our community is critically important in the development of premier academic programs for tomorrow’s engineering and information technology workforce.”

Volkswagen announced its “Partners in Education” program at the grand opening of the company’s new U.S. corporate headquarters in Herndon, Va., on Sept. 18. The “Partners in Education” program focuses on creating a comprehensive education initiative for institutions in the greater Washington, D.C., area and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“Volkswagen Group of America and George Mason University share an innovative spirit, making us natural partners,” says Mason President Alan Merten. “We welcome Volkswagen Group as our new neighbor, and we hope that this is just the beginning of future collaborations between our organizations.”

For more information about the scholarships and Volkswagen corporate partnership, contact Jennifer Lamb, assistant dean of development for the Volgenau School.

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