George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being is preparing to launch Elena’s Scholarships. The Center, whose goal is to help Mason become the nation’s first comprehensive well-being university, will use the annual scholarship to benefit students who may not otherwise have access to additional resources necessary for physical and emotional well-being.
In spring 2014, Mason alumna Elena Prien (BIS ’82) endowed the Center with $150,000 to create the scholarship, which will award $1,000 to six applicants every year. “It’s important to help young people going through tough times in their lives,” says Prien. “Students who are thriving physically and emotionally are more likely to have successful college careers, which then positively impacts their lifelong well-being.”
The Center provides resources to help the Mason community thrive together, expanding upon a university culture in which students, faculty, and staff build lives of vitality, purpose, and resilience.
“Elena’s gift is an affirmation of our center’s mission of serving as a catalyst for human well-being,” says Nance Lucas, the center’s executive director. “Her generous gift will make a difference in the lives of many students for years to come.”
Students can self-nominate; faculty and staff are also encouraged to nominate students who might benefit from the scholarship. Check the website in October for scholarship application details.
By Penny Gilchrist
Original Source: The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, http://wellbeing.gmu.edu/articles/7215