Elena's Scholarships

Elena Prien
Elena Prien




Elena Prien, a graduate of George Mason University, endowed undergraduate student scholarships with the goal of enhancing students’ well-being. These scholarships will be awarded to students whose lives can benefit from resources to support their well-being in various domains (psychological, emotional, social, purpose, community, and physical, as a few examples). Elena’s Scholarships are open to full-time, undergraduate students from all academic majors. Priority will be given to applicants who are just beginning their intentional efforts to cultivate well-being.

This is a program for personal well-being mentoring, plus a financial scholarship. Applicants should be willing and able to participate in one-on-one mentoring with a faculty or staff person who has expertise about well-being. Mentoring will take place about once every three weeks during Fall semester and then monthly during Spring semester. In addition, scholarship winners receive a financial award of $1,000 – with $500 credited to their account on the first day of class for Fall semester, and another $500 on the first day of classes for Spring semester (contingent upon successful participation in the mentoring for Fall semester).

Individual mentoring is a key component to this program, and award winners will be assigned a skilled mentor from among the Mason faculty and staff who is committed to well-being. The well-being mentors will be available to meet with students in support of their learning and growth. The intention of the mentoring program is to guide scholarship recipients in their journey to reach higher levels of well-being in their lives – that is, greater meaning and purpose, resilience, vitality, and engagement.  

The $1000 scholarship will be made available in each recipient’s Mason student account, in two parts as described above. The scholarship funds can be used for tuition, fees, and/or room and board at George Mason University. Eligible students must be either sophomores, juniors or seniors for the entire 2018-19 academic year and have a minimum overall 2.0 GPA or higher when they apply.

Applicants are encouraged to read more about well-being as they formulate their answers to the application questions. For information see this web page from Mason’s Well-Being University initiative: http://wbu.gmu.edu/definition/

You can also learn more about Elena Prien in this article.


The application deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018 by 11:45 p.m. All applications must be submitted online through the Get Connected system using this APPLICATION FORM.

(Please note: If you’re having trouble with the link, please use: https://getconnected.gmu.edu/submitter/form/start/162694 and make sure that you have logged into Get Connected first, using your NetID and Password.)

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