Three CHSS Students Win Alumni Association Scholarships

Three CHSS Students Win Alumni Association Scholarships

After rigorous review of applications and follow-up interviews with the finalists, the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee has selected the following students to receive the Association’s 2011-2012 awards to be presented at the University Scholarship Dinner in April. 

The Peter C. Forame Student Leader Scholarship:  $1,000 

Mirella Saldaña-Moreno, a sophomore majoring in global affairs and Spanish, expects to graduate in May 2013. Saldaña-Moreno first came to Mason as an Early Identification Program student in high school. She is still active with EIP, working on an alumni outreach project for the program in addition to her duties as a Mason Ambassador and mentoring other first-generation Latina college students. She dreams of becoming an educator and continuing to mentor others.  

George Mason University Alumni Association Service Scholarship: $1,000 

Nicole Grim, a sophomore majoring in global affairs and conflict analysis and resolution anticipates graduating in May 2013. In addition to serving as the vice president of events for the Mason Ambassadors, Grim chaired the advertising committee for GBAY during the auction's inaugural year in 2010, raising over $10,000 for student scholarships. She was named Best New Member of a Greek Organization for her work as the Director of Alumni Affairs with the Alpha Phi Sorority.  

John C. and Louise P. Wood Undergraduate Scholarship: $2,500

Joseph Quarcoo, a sophmore majoring in government and international politics, plans to graduate in May 2013. Quarcoo and his family are originally from Ghana, coming to the United States when Quarcoo was 7. When his father lost his job last year, he took up driving a taxi, but it wasn't enough to cover Quarcoo's tuition. He was forced to take a semester off, but is happy to be back on campus working as an RA and taking classes in the Honors College. He hopes to one day earn a law degree.

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