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CDS Student Awarded Stanley Zoltek Memorial Scholarship


Samantha Lawrence, a student in the Computational and Data Sciences program, is this year’s recipient of the Stanley Zoltek Memorial scholarship, an award established in memory of Dr. Stanley Zoltek, a professor at George Mason from 1980 to 2018.

I was given notice that I received this scholarship two weeks before the start of the semester,” Lawrence said. “Upon reading the email, I felt ecstatic and very grateful. Paving my own way as a first generation college student is difficult. This scholarship was a big deal for me, and means a lot. I feel motivated to continue on in my journey and that others are supporting me and want me to succeed. That is an amazing feeling."

“After my B.S. in Computational Data Science, I plan to continue on at George Mason pursuing an M.S. in Computational Science. Afterwards, I plan to enter the workforce using the skills I learned at George Mason to aid scientific research regarding the climate crisis. I am so grateful to the donors, CDS department staff, and George Mason for giving me this opportunity.”

In his years at Mason, Dr. Zoltek was active in the departments of Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, and Computational and Data Sciences. The Stanley Zoltek Memorial scholarship is open to undergraduate students in those departments. Students qualify on the basis of academic merit and are selected by a committee appointed by the Dean of the College of Science in coordination with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Please contact Marie Calle, Assistant Director of Development, at for more information about applying for this scholarship or if you wish to make a donation in support of it.