College of Public Health receives $250,000 gift from Sentara Healthcare to support student scholarships 

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The Sentara Scholars Scholarship will provide financial assistance to approximately 60 students from Virginia. 

The George Mason University College of Public Health is pleased to announce the Sentara Scholars Scholarship, funded by Sentara Healthcare, to provide tuition assistance to students interested in health care careers. Sentara’s gift of $250,000 will provide scholarships for approximately 60 Virginia students in the spring and fall of 2023. Graduate and undergraduate students in the Departments of Global and Community Health; Health Administration and Policy; Nutrition and Food Studies; and Social Work; and the School of Nursing may apply. 

“Removing financial barriers to obtaining a public health degree is a top priority for the College of Public Health. This generous gift from Sentara Healthcare helps bolsters the education of future health care workers, with the goal of advancing health and well-being for all,” said College of Public Health Dean Melissa Perry. “The Sentara Scholars Scholarship provides additional support for students whose professional goal is to improve the health of others. We look forward to working with Sentara to advance student success.” 

Sentara presented the College with a $250,000 check at the Celebrate Public Health on March 25.  

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Information regarding the application process can be found on the Mason website here.


About Mason 

George Mason University, Virginia’s largest public research university, enrolls 39,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason has grown rapidly over the last half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity, and commitment to accessibility. 

About the College of Public Health at George Mason University 

The College of Public Health at George Mason University is the first and only College of Public Health in Virginia, combining public health transdisciplinary research, education, and practice in the Commonwealth as a national exemplar. The College enrolls more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students in our nationally recognized programs, including six undergraduate degrees, eight master’s degrees, five doctoral degrees, and six professional certificate programs. The College is comprised of the School of Nursing and the Departments of Global and Community Health, Health Administration and Policy, Nutrition and Food Studies, and Social Work. 

About Sentara  

Sentara Healthcare, an integrated, not-for-profit health care delivery system, celebrates more than 130 years in pursuit of its mission – “we improve health every day.” Sentara is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and among the top 20 largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country, with 30,000 employees, 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, and the Sentara Health Plans division which serves more than 1.2 million members in Virginia and Florida. Sentara is recognized nationally for clinical quality and safety, and is strategically focused on innovation and creating an extraordinary health care experience for our patients and members. Sentara was named to IBM Watson Health’s “Top 15 Health Systems” (2021, 2018), and was recognized by Forbes as a “Best Employer for New Grads” (2022), “Best Employer for Veterans” (2022), and “Best Employer for Women” (2020).