Emerging Business Leader Awards

Presented by the School of Business Alumni Chapter, these awards annually recognize graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated the desire and aptitude to become an outstanding business leader and a distinguished representative of George Mason University's School of Business. Deadline for Application Submission EXTENDED: July 15, 2015


During the 2015 award cycle, there are two different categories that will be recognized—graduate student and undergraduate student. The following amounts will be given:

  • One $1,000 graduate student award
  • One $700 undergraduate student award
  • An invitation to participate in key activities produced by the School of Business Alumni Chapter, a School of Business Regional Society, or Mason's Alumni Association

Student awardees will also receive a commemorative plaque on behalf of the School of Business Alumni Chapter. Additional awards may be given at the discretion of the awards committee.

Eligibility Requirements & Selection Criteria

Eligible students for the 2015 award cycle should meet the following criteria:

  • Fall 2015 registered Mason student in a School of Business degree program
  • Excellent academic standing
    • Minimum 3.5 GPA for undergraduate students
    • Minimum 3.75 GPA for graduate students
  • Undergraduate candidates must have completed at least 60 credit hours. Transfer students must have at least 12 Mason credit hours (juniors and up)

Student award recipients are also chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Scholastic Achievement
  • Leadership and Business Acumen
  • Commitment to Global Awareness or Diversity
  • Service to the School of Business and George Mason University
  • Other Community Service, Philanthropic Efforts, and Awards

Students chosen as finalists will be asked to participate in a professional photo shoot and awards reception during the Annual Business Alumni Celebration on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel.

Students recognized as finalists or winners in previous Emerging Business Leader Award cycles are ineligible to participate in the 2015 award cycle.


Application Requirements

  • Required: A completed application form (PDF)
  • Required: A personal statement in no more than 500 words highlighting the student's achievements
  • Required: A resume or vita that does not exceed two pages demonstrating professional, extra-curricular, and volunteer experiences
  • Optional: A professional or academic reference in no more than 500 words highlighting the relationship between the recommender and the student applicant and his/her relative achievements.
  • Deadline for Submission EXTENDED: July 15, 2015
  • Please submit complete application to:

George Mason University | School of Business
Attn: School of Business Alumni Chapter
4400 University Drive, MS 5A1
Fairfax, VA 22030

For questions or to submit your application electronically, contact Katie Parkes at (703) 993-1020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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