Yesterday evening, WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL) announced its support of George Mason University's Volgenau School of Engineering through the establishment of a scholarship fund totaling $25,000 to fund scholarships that will offset students' tuition costs by providing $5,000 per year over a 5-year period. The company's donation will support students enrolled in the Dual Admission Compact established between Mason and Northern Virginia Community College. "At WGL, we recognize the need for strong and diverse talent to support evolving industries in our area, including energy. Investment in STEM programs is critical to the development of that talent," said Adrian Chapman, President and Chief Operating Officer of WGL and Washington Gas Light Company. "By partnering with George Mason University and its Volgenau School of Engineering, more students will have the resources to pursue careers across industries and drive economic development in our communities." During the event, WGL announced additional contributions toward academic enrichment among engineering students, separate from the scholarship donation. The company will fund five students' exam fees for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, the first step in becoming licensed as a professional engineer, and it will establish a mentorship program between WGL volunteers and freshman- through senior-year students. "WGL's support for our Dual Admission Compact will have an impact on engineering students for years to come," said Kenneth Ball, Dean of the Volgenau School of Engineering. "Their generous gift promotes necessary access to education for a more diverse student population, including first generation college students, underrepresented minorities, women and military veterans in the local community and beyond."