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Lois & George Schaefer Scholarship

George Schaefer (BA/SPA'72) and his wife, Lois Bedner Schaefer (BA/KSB'72), established the Lois and George Schaefer Scholarship in the School of Public Affairs in 2000. George and Lois made this financial commitment to the education of SPA undergraduates by endowing a scholarship that supports an eligible student each year with a $2,500 award. "Lois and I believe that it is important to give back to American University in recognition of all we received while attending. We fully support the development of the School's programs and its focus on being one of the nation's top public affairs schools that attracts top talent”, George said recently.

2010-2011 Awardee


Jonas Varnum
Hometown: Lake Quivira, Kansas
Class of 2011
BA/ Law and Society

Jonas is an exceptional student, currently majoring in law and society. In addition to his rigorous studies, he has completed internships with two Kansas law firms and the D.C.'s Public Defenders Service. Jonas enjoys giving back to the University and serves as an orientation leader and resident assistant. He looks forward to graduating in May of 2011 and moving back to the Midwest for law school.