MFA in Creative Writing

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.

Anthony and G. Louise Otto Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2008 by University President Alan G. Merten and his wife, Sarah L. (Sally) Merten, in honor of her parents, Anthony and Louise Otto. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for students pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing.  Recipients will qualify on the basis of merit and financial need, and may be an in-state or out-of-state student.  This scholarship may be renewable.   

Creative Writing Endowed Fellowship

The fellowship shall be a tuition fellowship available only to students attending George Mason University who are in good academic standing, formally engaged in the creative writing program and making appropriate progress toward the MFA degree in creative writing. This may be construed as the candidate having completed an undergraduate degree with a concentration in writing applying to the MFA program. The fellowship shall be based primarily on merit. However, the committee may consult the Financial Aid office should merit and need become an issue in the selection process. The fellowship is intended to support students at George Mason University. Should a supported student leave the university during the academic year, the remaining portion of the assigned fellowship shall revert to the fund for use by a subsequent fellow. The fellowship may be reassigned in sequence to a student in good standing for more than one year.

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

Mark Craver Endowed Poetry Award

The Mark Craver Poetry Award was created in honor of Mark Craver (MA ’83 and MFA ’84), who was a popular Mason adjunct professor and area high school teacher until his death in January 2004. Craver was the author of several books of poetry, including, The Problem of Grace, Seven Crowns for the White Lady of the Other World and Blood Poems, and They Come for What You Love. His last book of poetry, Say When, was published posthumously in September 2004.

The recipient will be a currently enrolled MFA student on the poetry track and will be selected based on outstanding achievement in poetry writing. Recipient may be either full or part-time, and be either an in-state or out-of-state student.

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.

MFA Fellowship Endowment

Established in 2007 by an anonymous donor.  The purpose of the fund is to support fellowships for students in the master of fine arts program.  Recipient must be a graduate student within the MFA program, may be an in-state or out-of-state student and will be in good academic standing, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. 

Michael R. and Robin B. Kelley Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2006 by Michael R. Kelley, Ph.D. and his wife, Robin Blackwelder Kelley. Dr. and Mrs. Kelley are long-time friends of George Mason University. Dr. Kelley, a professor of English and telecommunications, was also on the faculty of the School of Public Policy. In 1983 he won the Faculty Member of the Year award, and was also a member of the George mason University Board of Trustees. This endowment was established to support one or more student scholarship awards for a graduate student(s) pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. The recipient will qualify on the basis of artistic merit with consideration of financial need; recipient may be either full or part time, and may be either an in-state or out of state student. This scholarship is renewable, subject to the availability of funds.

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.