George Mason University values innovation, diversity, entrepreneurship, and accessibility, and scholarships are just one way in which the school rewards students on the basis of these ideals.
At the School of Business, students who represent these ideals have the opportunity to apply to become a Gunston Business Scholar. The school describes these students as those who continuously demonstrate respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others; act with integrity in dealing with all members of the community; and are accountable for personal behavior as they achieve excellence both in and out of the classroom.
Every fall, a panel of faculty selects five students to join the Gunston Business Scholars. Each student receives $5,000 in annual scholarship support, a mentor selected from the Dean's Advisory Council, and invitation to special School of Business events.
After this year's highly competitive selection process, the five chosen scholars are: Brent Herbstreit, Joshua Williams, Lily Weill, Niels Bulskov, and Duncan Chua.
Herbstreit is a junior management major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. In addition to being selected as a Gunston Business Scholar, he has also been awarded the Certificate of Honor's Scholarship by ExxonMobil, the competitive Lake Gaston Ladies Club Linda Fitts Scholarship, and the Arlington County Police Beneficiary Association Award for three consecutive years. After graduation, Herbstreit wants to pursue his lifelong goal of a career in law enforcement.
Williams is working towards his undergraduate degree in finance. A native Northern Virginian, he remains actively involved in the community. He is currently the director of the Children's Hymns class at Saint Timothy & Saint Athanasius Church in Arlington. In the past, Williams has served as president of the HOPE Club in Chantilly and as a summer camp administrator and keynote speaker with Saint Mark Church in Fairfax. Through his academic career at the School of Business, Williams hopes to acquire experience in business and finance while contributing value and innovative ideas to the national and international community through the Gunston Scholarship.
Weill is a junior accounting major from Fairfax, Virginia. She currently volunteers as a coach with McLean Youth Track. Through her work with a law firm in Fairfax, Weill is directly involved with supporting the Fairfax Law Foundation, an organization that provides pro bono legal representation and educational programs about the judicial system. She has also received various awards throughout her undergraduate career, including the McLean Youth Athletics Youth Leaders Scholarship, an Award of Academic Achievement in Mathematics, and recognition as a Presidential Scholar and Scholarship through the School of Business Dean's Admit Program. Weill is grateful for the opportunity to meet with other like-minded students and mentors as a Gunston Scholar.
Bulskov is a freshman looking to double major in management and operations management. He came to Mason from Gold Beach, Oregon, where he graduated third in his class and received nine Student of the Year Awards. During his high school career, Bulskov volunteered as a teacher's aid, peer tutor, and middle school band instructor. He was a National English Honors Society and National Honor Society member, the bass section leader of the concert band—where he competed at the state level—and the team leader for the Game Maker club. Now part of the Gunston Scholar community, Bulskov is looking forward to furthering his knowledge and business skills to pursue an entrepreneurial career in the future.
Chua is a freshman from Singapore. Prior to attending Mason, he received a diploma in information technology and web development from Ngee Ann Polytechnic and worked as a performance and technology department intern for KPMG in Singapore. While in Singapore, Chua also served as a class chairperson to facilitate communication between class members and lecturers and was a logistic leader for a six-week overseas immersion program with the University of Wuhan in China. At Mason, Chua is a member of the Pi Delta Psi Asian American cultural fraternity and hopes to maximize his academic achievements and personal development as a Gunston Scholar.