Nancy Mason of Bluefield, Virginia, received Virginia Tech’s 2015 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Outstanding Senior Award.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the Outstanding Senior Award recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a graduating senior from each of the university’s eight colleges. Recipients have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and are selected by faculty and students within the respective colleges.

Mason will receive a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Asian area studies during the University Commencement ceremony May 15 in Lane Stadium.

Mason completed three undergraduate research projects, is participating in two other projects, and was invited to present her research at several conferences this spring.

A member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, she serves on the advisory board for the Office of Undergraduate Research, where she works to promote undergraduate research. Mason’s many volunteer activities including church activities, serving as a volunteer actress for Kidzlife in Salem, the Bridges Language Partners Program, ACROSS international outreach program, Roanoke Rescue Mission, and The Big Event.

She also founded Hot Chocolate on the Drillfield, which provides beverages to students who cross the Drillfield to their 8 a.m. classes.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.