WGL and George Mason University Establish Engineering Scholarship
Funds will support students in the Volgenau School of Engineering
across five years
Yesterday evening, WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL) announced its support of
George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering through the
establishment of a scholarship fund totaling $25,000 to fund
scholarships that will offset students' tuition costs by providing
$5,000 per year over a 5-year period. The company's donation will
support students enrolled in the Dual Admission Compact established
between Mason and Northern Virginia Community College.
"At WGL, we recognize the need for strong and diverse talent to support
evolving industries in our area, including energy. Investment in STEM
programs is critical to the development of that talent," said Adrian
Chapman, President and Chief Operating Officer of WGL and Washington Gas
Light Company. "By partnering with George Mason University and its
Volgenau School of Engineering, more students will have the resources to
pursue careers across industries and drive economic development in our
During the event, WGL announced additional contributions toward academic
enrichment among engineering students, separate from the scholarship
donation. The company will fund five students' exam fees for the
Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, the first step in becoming licensed as
a professional engineer, and it will establish a mentorship program
between WGL volunteers and freshman- through senior-year students.
"WGL's support for our Dual Admission Compact will have an impact on
engineering students for years to come," said Kenneth Ball, Dean of the
Volgenau School of Engineering. "Their generous gift promotes necessary
access to education for a more diverse student population, including
first generation college students, underrepresented minorities, women
and military veterans in the local community and beyond."
Admission Compact is an initiative led by Mason's mechanical
engineering department, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community
College, to outline a path for students to transition from an
associate's degree to a bachelor's degree in engineering from the
Volgenau School of Engineering in a convenient and affordable way. The
program's desire to establish a more diverse student population aligns
with WGL's value of diversity in its leadership, employees and
For more information on WGL and its companies, visit wgl.com.
For more information on engineering programs at George Mason's Volgenau
School of Engineering, visit volgenau.gmu.edu.
WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL), headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a
leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With
activities and assets across the U.S., WGL consists of Washington Gas,
WGL Energy, WGL Midstream and Hampshire Gas. WGL provides options for
natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including
generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and
efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy
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About the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University
Established in 1985, the Volgenau
School of Engineering was the first engineering school in the United
States to focus its scholarship primarily on information
technology-based engineering as opposed to the traditional, physical,
and material-based engineering approach. It was also the first school to
offer a doctoral degree in information technology and remains the
Commonwealth of Virginia's only school of engineering with its main
campus in the National Capital Region. The Volgenau
School of Engineering prepares students to be competitive in their
field and achieve academic and career excellence in high-demand
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