Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund

Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Women Helping Women Succeed
Women Helping Women Succeed

The Scholarship Fund, Inc. was established in 1983, when the Great Falls Women’s Club (now Great Falls Friends & Neighbors) recognized the need to provide financial assistance to women pursuing degrees in higher education.​

  • Scholarships are awarded to deserving women over the age of 25 who are residents of Northern Virginia, attending George Mason University or Northern Virginia Community College (Advance Program)

  • By promoting higher education in these women, with our financial support, we are helping them reach their full potential and significantly improve the quality of their lives and that of our community.

  • The GFFN Scholarship Fund, Inc. (GFFNSF) is a 501(c)(3) organization, served by a seven member Board of Directors.

  • Learn more about our founder Doris Fisher Irwin.

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Scholarships are awarded to deserving women over the age of 25, who are residents of

Northern Virginia and attending GMU or

NOVA (Advance Program).

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2020-21 Scholarship Awardees

We are very excited to announce that we are granting scholarships to four deserving women at George Mason University for this academic year:

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Carolina Medrano


Carolina grew up in Arlington, VA and is a first generation Salvadorian American.  She is a single mother, currently works in the Arlington Public Schools as the supervisor of an after school program and attends George Mason full time. 


She is pursuing a career in Education with a concentration in school counseling and plans to give back to the Arlington community in which she grew up and loves through working in the Arlington County Public School system.  She desires to create an environment where all students feel empowered and valued thereby helping them to reach their potential in life.

Masters in Education with a concentration in School Counseling, expected May 2022.

Jennifer Vasquez


Jennifer is pursuing a Masters in Social Work because she desires to have a direct impact on the community and people’s lives. 


Her volunteer work at the Loudoun County Jail impacted her so greatly that she decided to continue to work within that setting. 


Her goal after graduation is to work in a jail setting providing resources,  referrals, and services to those incarcerated.

Masters in Social Work, expected May 2021.  

Sarah Haskell

Social Work

Sarah’s desire is to work with older adults with dementia and memory loss. She realized this passion when she was hired as a caregiver and Registered Medication Aide at an assisted living facility. She developed relationships with the residents and their families and became passionate about advocating for her residents. 


She works full time, attends school full time and works as an unpaid intern part time.

Masters in Social Work, expected May 2021. 

Cathy Yoo


Cathy is the daughter of an immigrant family and had to put her education on hold to help her family through some financial difficulties.  She took charge of the family business and was able to support her family and her siblings’ education.  She earned an associate degree while running the business and then worked at a CPA firm to pay off her tuition. 


All these experiences moved her toward a desire to obtain an Accounting degree.  She attends school full time and works part-time.  She plans to work at a consulting firm in their Accounting Department upon completion of her degree.

Master’s in Accounting, expected May 2021. 

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Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Fund, Inc.

P.O. Box 611, Great Falls, VA  22066

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