Margaret C. Howell Outstanding Achievement Award

The Margaret C. Howell award recognizes individuals whose efforts demonstrate the character of its namesake and carry on her legacy of making a difference.

Margaret C. Howell
Margaret C. Howell

About the Award

For 20 years, through her departure from the university in 2002, Margaret performed outstanding and committed service as a valued and well-loved member of the Mason community—beginning as secretary for minority student affairs before retiring as an Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Specialist. Both in work as in life, her focus remained on the development of respect, diversity, and individual dignity throughout the University and surrounding community.


The award recipient will receive $2,000, co-sponsored by Human Resources and Payroll and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this award, nominees:

  • Must have at least three (3) continuous years of service at Mason
  • Should display evidence of work that promotes respect, diversity and individual dignity (e.g., providing mentorship for students/staff/faculty, developing programs that promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation, resolving problems arising from individual differences, etc.)
  • Should display efforts that have impacted an individual or individuals, George Mason University, and/or the surrounding community.

Recent Awardees:

  • Joshua Kinchen, LGBTQ+ Resources Center (2021)
  • Wendi Manuel-ScottIntegrative Studies and History/Art History, African & African American and Women & Gender Studies (2019)
  • LaNitra BergerHonors College (2018)
  • Clare TalbertHelen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities (2017)
  • Lisa SnyderLeadership Education and Development (2016)
  • Jennifer CrewalkOffice of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (2015) 

Submission Details

Nominations for staff or faculty members may be submitted by completing the Nomination Form provided by Human Resources and Payroll Reward and Recognition.