$1 Million Gift Creates Scholarship Endowment

Posted: November 15, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Denise St. Ours

Barbara and Mark Fried have donated $1 million to create a scholarship endowment at George Mason for graduates of high schools in the counties of Arlington and Fairfax and the cities of Fairfax, Alexandria, and Falls Church. Their leadership gift brings the total raised in support of The Campaign for George Mason University to more than $120.8 million, and the number of endowments created to 100 since the beginning of the campaign in 1998.

“We are, indeed, inspired by the Frieds’ compassion and generosity, which will open the doors of opportunity to generations of promising students who seek to further their education but cannot because of economic challenges,” says President Alan Merten. “On behalf of those students, we are truly grateful.”

Barbara Fried is a former chair of the George Mason University Foundation and a key figure in the successful launch of the campaign. Mark Fried has served on the university’s Board of Visitors.

The campaign, which had an initial fund-raising goal of $110 million, runs through June 2005.

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