Ed Hetsko/Laurie McQuillan/ISSA-NOVA Scholarship Fund

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Ed Hetsko/Laurie McQuillan/ISSA-NOVA Scholarship Fund

What is it?
The Ed Hetsko/Laurie McQuillan ISSA-NOVA Scholarship Endowment was created to provide scholarships for full-time graduates and undergraduate students pursuing degrees at the George Mason University (Virginia) Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, and specifically for students of financial need and academic merit with an interest in Information Assurance (also known as information security).

Who created it?
Initial funding was provided by the ISSA-NOVA organization (Information Systems Security Association – Northern Virginia Chapter). George Mason University owes a big debt of gratitude to the ISSA-NOVA Board, which donated $25,000 into the endowment over the next five years.

Why was it established?
Always the organizer, Laurie documented in her final wishes that friends, family, and colleagues consider donations in lieu of flowers to the George Mason University (and also to the American Cancer Society). With Laurie’s passing January 5, 2007, the ISSA-NOVA Board began discussions with George Mason University to set up the endowment.

What can I contribute, and are donations tax deductible?
Any amount is acceptable, and yes, donations are tax deductible.

How can I contribute?
1. Go to http://supportingmason.gmu.edu and in the upper right-hand corner click on the words “Make a Gift Online”.
2. On the left side of the page, decide on one of three options: make a gift, make a pledge, or make a pledge payment (on an existing pledge).
3. If you choose make a gift or pledge, there will be an online form to make a gift via credit card and under “Donation Allocation” you would put in the “Ed Hetsko/Laurie McQuillan/ISSA-NOVA Scholarship Endowment”. Also, you are welcome to write in the comments section “In memory of Laurie McQuillan.”

Via Mail:
1. Put “Ed Hetsko/Laurie McQuillan/ISSA-NOVA Scholarship Endowment” in the note
2. Mail to address below

How can I learn more about the Ed Hetsko/Laurie McQuillan ISSA-NOVA Endowment?

Ms. Una Murphy
Director of Leadership Gifts, Office of University Development
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, M5 IA3, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
(703) 993-8621, umurphy@gmu.edu