Mason Family Events

Mason Family Events

2021 Family of the Year Award

2021 Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Nomination Form

  • The Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award was established to recognize the critical role families play in their student’s experience at Mason and to remind us that families are an essential part of the support network for our students. The 11th annual Dr. Alan and Sally Merten Family of the Year Award will be presented at Family Weekend 2021, which will take place October 15-17.

    At Mason, we believe family is made up of many different people – parents, siblings, cousins, roommates, classmates, best friends, significant others, children, and more. We invite the Mason community to recognize a Mason student and their family by submitting a nomination that describes why this student and their family is worthy of this honor. Self-nominations are accepted. All entries will be judged using the following criteria:

    • • Evidence of family’s support for student’s college success
    • • Evidence of family’s enthusiasm for Mason
    • • Ability to articulate why their family is deserving of this honor

    Nominations must be submitted by September 17 at 5 p.m. ET. The winner will be chosen by a panel of Mason affiliates comprised of faculty, staff, a Parent and Family Council member, and a graduate and undergraduate student. It is the sole discretion of New Student and Family Programs to determine acceptability of content or style. The following entry types will be considered in the selection process:
    • • Presentation or collage (minimum of 5 slides)
    • • Essay (minimum of 500 words)
    • • Creative writing (i.e. poetry, speech, play, song, etc.)

    The winner will be notified via email no later than October 1, and they will receive the following:
    • • A commemorative plaque presented at “Breakfast & Bingo” on Sunday, October 17
    • • All fees associated with Family Weekend registration will be waived or refunded if already paid in full (up to $250 will be covered)
    • • $100 gift card to the University Bookstore
    • • A GMU woven blanket from the University Bookstore
    • • A featured article on
    • • A family photoshoot and featured cover photo on the 2022-2023 Family Calendar

    Contact Shyanne Hardy, Graduate Assistant for Family Programs, at
  • Nomination Form

  • City, State or Country if outside the U.S.
  • Name of each Family Member, Relationship to Mason Student
  • Drop files here or
    Max. file size: 50 MB.
      *Please submit your entry (i.e. presentation, essay or creative writing) in a PDF format.