The University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment

The University Libraries Student Assistant Scholarship Endowment fund was created to recognize and support student employees who have demonstrated outstanding work performance in the University Libraries while meeting the academic requirements of their coursework at Mason. The purpose of the endowment is to award scholarships each year to provide assistance with student employees’ educational expenses at Mason.

The scholarship awards are made possible by the generosity of many Mason alumni and donors who funded the endowment, with the initial challenge gift coming from a Mason alumna who was a former library student employee.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must possess the following attributes:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at Mason (may be in-state or out-of-state residents);
  • Completed at least one semester of employment in the Libraries prior to application and have committed to working in the Libraries during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year the award is distributed;
  • Enrolled for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year following the application;
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.

Scholarship Application Requirements

A complete application will consist of the following:

  • Statement of Interest addressing the influence of the Libraries on the applicant’s studies and work experience (no more than 500 words);
  • Resume;
  • Academic Transcript (unofficial accepted);
  • Letter of Support from Libraries’ supervisor (submitted separately via e-mail by supervisor to

Scholarship Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted via e-mail to by 11:59 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted.

Scholarship Selection Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian and notified prior to the start of the fall semester. The number of award recipients may vary per academic year. This scholarship is not renewable.

Scholarship Award

The awards (one undergraduate student and one graduate student) will consist of a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient, distributed in two payments at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The award will be applied to the recipient’s student account at Mason. In the event the recipient should decide not to return to Mason or not to continue working in the Libraries, the award will not be dispersed to the individual, and the committee may select an alternate candidate.

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