Support Scientific Research at Mason
Through the Lord Fairfax Charity Ride

George Mason University and the Fairfax community share mutually rewarding history. In recognition of this partnership, Mason is partnering with the “Lord Fairfax Charity Ride” in September 2018, planned as an extension of Fairfax County’s 275th Anniversary celebration.

The Lord Fairfax Charity Ride is a one, two, or four-day ride commencing on September 22, 2018 with the goal of raising at least $250,000 for the Fairfax community, including the the College of Science Fellowship and Research Fund. The ride will be led by avid motorcyclist Lord Fairfax, the 14th Baron of Cameron, and a descendant of the Fairfax family who originally owned the 5,200,000 acres of the original Northern Neck land grant between the Potomac and the Rappahannock rivers from the Chesapeake Bay to the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia.

The College of Science Fellowship and Research Fund will support cutting-edge scientific research and help ensure Mason’s continued designation as a top-tier research university: in 2016, George Mason University was ranked as an “R-1” university, joining an exclusive category that includes 115 institutions known for performing research at the highest level. This achievement is especially significant considering Mason’s youth and commitment to access and diversity. Achieving this status is a remarkable milestone in Mason’s history; maintaining this status is absolutely critical to Mason’s continued success and impact.

As Mason President Ángel Cabrera said recently, “What would Silicon Valley be without Stanford, without Berkeley? What is Cambridge, Massachusetts without MIT and Harvard?” And what would Fairfax be without George Mason University? Today, the city and county of Fairfax can boast a world-class research university and a thriving economic community. This is the time for all leaders in our community to come together and join us in moving our region forward. The GMU Research and Fellowship Fund is essential toward this shared, ongoing success.

The Lord Fairfax Charity Ride will also raise funds for the Lamb Center, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver, and the Bethlehem Baptist Church Community Support Program. If you are a motorcycle enthusiast and would like more information about registering, please visit

We appreciate your donation to the GMU Research and Fellowship Fund. For more information, please contact Audrey Kelaher, Assistant Dean for Development for the College of Science, at or 703.993.8386.