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Subject: 	A Giving Opportunity: Support our Black/African Heritage Students
From: 	David C. Atkins <[log in to unmask]>

Dear Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators:

**The George Mason University Black Alumni Chapter has established the *Black 
Scholars Endowment Fund*. The Chapter is fundraising to secure a minimum of 
*$25,000* in donations to start the endowment.  The endowment will be used to 
provide financial support to undergraduates who have maintained a high level of 
academic achievement while giving back to the university through service or 
taking a course offered through the African and African-American Studies 
program.  First preference for awards will be given to students of Black/African 
Heritage. The costs associated with a college education can be a barrier to 
gaining a college degree; the Black Alumni Chapter is committed to assisting 
students in obtaining their educational goals at Mason through the Black 
Scholars Endowment Fund.

On October 2, 2010,Mason black alumni and students representing the National 
Pan-Hellenic Council of Fraternities and Sororities performed in the Mason 
Alumni Weekend Step-Off to raise funds for the endowment. Additionally, each 
organization participated in a Black Greek Challenge.**As a result of these 
efforts and others, we have raised more than half of the required amount.*We are 
now reaching out to Mason's Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators to assist in 
reaching our goal.Will you consider a gift of $25, $50, $100 or more?All gifts 
are tax deductible. *We want you to be part of the success of this established 
endowment as you have been in the past supporting Mason Black/African Heritage 
students.**Funds may be contributed online at * *. Look for 
the yellow BAC button on your left.
You may also mail contributions to George Mason University, Black Alumni 
Chapter, MS 3B3, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030, noting Black Scholars 
Endowment in the "memo" section of your check. Checks should be made payable to 
GMU Foundation.**

For more information, please contact the Black Scholars Endowment Chair at 
[log in to unmask] or 703-993-3402.

With Mason Spirit,

David C. Atkins, '90
Black Scholars Endowment Chair