Diversity Golf Classic Raises Funds for Scholarships

Posted: September 24, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: September 25, 2013 at 6:54 am

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Former Early Identification Program students pose with former Washington Redskins and Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Famer Brian Mitchell at the Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic on September 23, 2013 at South Riding Golf Club. Photo by Evan Cantwell

Former Early Identification Program students pose with former Washington Redskins and Washington D.C. Sports Hall of Famer Brian Mitchell, third from right, at the Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic on September 23. Photo by Evan Cantwell

Rescheduled from June, George Mason University’s 17th annual University Life Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic was held on September 23 at South Riding Golf Club in South Riding, Virginia.

The tournament benefits George Mason’s Early Identification Program (EIP), a college preparatory program for middle and high school students who will be the first in their families to pursue higher education; and the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), an initiative to enhance the recruitment, engagement and retention of first-generation college students at Mason.

The University Life Golf Classic has raised more than $250,000 for scholarships since it began. According to Alissa Karton, assistant to the vice president and director of special projects in the Office of University Life, the classic raised just shy of $40,000 at last year’s event and is on target to hit more than $50,000 this year.

“We have a dedicated group of volunteers that put this event together and an amazing group of supporters, local businesses and regular and new golfers who come out to support Mason and first-generation college students,” says Karton. “It’s an incredible testament to the community and ultimately makes Mason a better place for everyone involved.”

Many local businesses, such as Sandy Spring Bank, Lockheed Martin, and QinetiQ sponsored the event.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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