The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority Commission has coordinated the establishment of the Dr. Gerald L. Gordon Scholarship Endowment to benefit the Honors College at George Mason University. Members of the Commission announced the creation of the scholarship last night at an event honoring Gordon’s 35 years of service to Fairfax County. Gordon is retiring effective January 4, 2019.
Also at the event, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova read a proclamation honoring Gordon’s service to the county and revealing that she declared December 5, 2018, as Jerry Gordon Day in Fairfax County.
The purpose of the scholarship fund is to provide support for undergraduate students enrolled in the Honors College who are pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field, economics, or another discipline relevant to economic development in Fairfax County.
“We are so excited to be able to establish this legacy in Jerry’s name,” said Cathy Lange, chair of the FCEDA Commission.
Commission member Rocky Mitchell announced a $50,000 challenge grant from his employer, Fairfax County-based PenFed Credit Union, to support the fund.
“Jerry is an asset to Fairfax County and indeed all of Virginia,” Mitchell said. “PenFed’s president and CEO, James Schenck, and our entire executive team feel this challenge grant is a most appropriate way to celebrate Jerry’s legacy.”
Also in conjunction with the fund, Commission Secretary Ronald Johnson presented a check for $20,000 to Zofia Burr, dean of the Honors College, on behalf of the Fairfax Economic Forum.
“This is overwhelming. It is something I will never forget,” Gordon said after the announcement of the scholarship.
Gordon served as the founding chairman of the Honors College Advisory Board beginning in 2014. In his role as chairman, Dr. Gordon has coordinated the creation of multiple internships for Honors College students at the FCEDA and at other local businesses. He has introduced Honors College students to a number of important groups in the region including the Virginia Technology Council and the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce.
“Dr. Gordon never loses sight of the important connection between education and economic development,” said Honors College Dean Zofia Burr.
Donations to the Gordon Scholarship Fund can be made online at http://advancement.gmu.edu/ihc02.
Donations also may be made via mail. Checks may be made payable to GMU Foundation. Please note the “Dr. Gerald Gordon Scholarship Fund” in the memo field, and mail to:
Mr. Valentino K. Bryant
Director of Advancement, Honors College
George Mason University
4400 University Drive MS 1F4
Fairfax, Virginia 22030