Mason Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship Presented

Posted: September 22, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 21, 2011 at 8:57 pm

By Erin Cushing

Sandra Price, the first winner of the Mason Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship. Photo by Erin Cushing

Sandra Price, a member of the administrative office support staff at Mason’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) within the Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities, is the first recipient of the Mason Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship. This competitive $250 scholarship was created to help employees on tuition waiver purchase textbooks for their classes.

“Winning the Mason Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship was truly a mountaintop experience for me. It made the difference in whether or not I could attend class this semester, because I didn’t have the money for books,” says Price.

“I had even dropped my class. But thanks to the wonderful and quick-working efforts of Janet Walker, Kathy Haldeman and the entire HR and Payroll team, I was able to get access to the scholarship to purchase my books, register for class the day before it began and attend without a hitch.”

The scholarship is for full-time and part-time Mason faculty and staff members who are also pursuing a degree at Mason. The funds were procured from the prize money awarded to Mason in the TIAA-CREF “Raise the Rate” contest. More information about the contest can be found here.

The actual prize money for the scholarship comes directly from investment results of the endowment, so that the scholarship will be sustainable. This means that more faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to experience the same sort of joy that Price expressed, as the award puts her one step closer to attaining her bachelor’s degree in English.

“Working here at George Mason has allowed me to live my dream of going back to school,” says Price.

Price will be recognized at the university’s annual award ceremony on Oct. 19.

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