English
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD in Writing and Rhetoric

Program Scholarships

Alumni/Mobil Fiction Fellowship Endowment

Established in 1994 with a gift from an anonymous donor and additional funding by the Mobil Foundation, to assist graduate students in fiction writing.

Cynthia Wynn Herman Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1995 in memory of Cynthia Wynn Herman, MA ’90, by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wynn, joined by others, to benefit students pursuing a degree in English with an interest in women’s studies.  Recipients may be a full-time of part-time and an in-state or out-of-state student.  The scholarship may be renewable.  Cynthia Wynn Herman, an alumna of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was assistant director of the Writing Center and editor of the women’s studies program newsletter.

Current students may apply for this scholarship through the Office of Financial Aid Award Spring portal

English Scholarships

Recipients will qualify on basis of merit and/or need; and may be in-state or out-of-state students. 

Mary Roberts Rinehart Fellowship Endowment

Established in 1998 by Mrs. Rinehart’s granddaughter, Gratia Rinehart Montgomery, to encourage, promote, and develop creative writing by making awards to talented writers at George Mason University by providing or awarding, among other things, scholarships or fellowships for deserving students. 

Mary Roberts Rinehart Scholarship Endowment

Established in 1982 by the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation to encourage and promote creative writing.

Wendi Kauffman Memorial Writer’s Endowed Fund

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for students in their work as writers and to promote their success.  Examples of possible uses include, but are not limited to: support for attending conferences or other venues for getting connected with other writers, editors, or agents; retreats or similar venues that allow writers to engage in extended, uninterrupted periods of productive work; acquisition of writer tools such as printers, printing supplies, or computers; payment of tuition or expenses related to attending the creative writing program.   

This fund was started in 2015 with donations from alums to honor the late alumnus whose short story collection, Helen on 86th Street and Other Stories, became the first title published by Stillhouse Press in the summer of 2014. Stillhouse Press is an independent, student-run non-profit press based out of Northern Virginia.

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