Privacy Policy

Thank you for inquiring about the Washington Scholars Program’s Privacy Policy.

The WSP Privacy Hub is a resource for our students, their parents, and our staff members. You can view our Privacy Policy and learn more about our privacy practices and how you can control your personal information. Plus, you’ll find links to third parties that provide information on how to protect your identity online.


Privacy Policy Highlights

We want you to read the whole policy. This highlights section provides a summary of The Washington Scholars Program’s privacy practices, and is not the whole policy. The highlights and full privacy policy apply to The Washington Scholars Program’s conferences, our websites (; wyse.gmu,edu;, the George Mason University mobile apps, and other locations where we may collect personal information.


What We Collect Your Choices
  • We may collect personal information such as your contact, billing, and shipping information. We may also collect demographic information, such as your birthday.
  • We collect information regarding your interactions with our websites and mobile apps.
  • We may obtain additional personal and non-personal information from third party providers.
You may choose to:

  • Stop receiving e-mail, direct mail and telephone marketing communications.
  • Update and correct your personal information.
Uses of Information Important Privacy & Contact Information
  • The Washington Scholars Program does not sell or rent your personal information to third parties.
  • We use information about you to fulfill your requests, administer various programs, provide services, and for other business purposes.
  • Your personal information may be shared with current or future entities or subsidiaries affiliated with the Program or George Mason University.
  • We may also use the information you provide to send you marketing communications.
  • In some circumstances, WSP may share your information with certain third parties to perform services on our behalf.
  • The Washington Scholars Program does not knowingly collect information online from children under 13.
  • We value our relationship with our customers and we are committed to responsible information-handling practices. Please read our entire Privacy Policy, as outlined on this page.



Regular mail:
The Washington Scholars Program
4400 University Drive
MS 3A4
Fairfax, VA 22030

This Policy applies to:

  • The websites owned or operated by The Washington Scholars Program, George Mason University, and any of our subsidiaries or related companies, unless that site has its own privacy policy; if it does, that policy applies.
  • The George Mason University mobile apps.
  • Information we collect in The Washington Scholars Program conferences and at other locations and events under The Washington Scholars Program name.

For simplicity, we will call The Washington Scholars Program websites and mobile app “digital properties” throughout this policy.


Information you give us
We collect and store information you provide through our digital properties and in our programs.

The information we collect from you includes things like:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Credit card number and other payment information
  • Your G# (through George Mason University)

In certain situations, we may also collect things like:

  • Your whole Social Security number (if you apply for college credit)
  • Location information (such as when you ask us to tell you about the programs)
  • Demographic and lifestyle information (if you sign up a program)
  • IMEI/UDID (a numeric identifier for your mobile device)
  • MAC Address (another kind of numeric identifier for your mobile device)
  • IDFA (Apple’s ID For Advertising, a randomly generated number which can be cleared like cookies)
  • Your responses to surveys

Information you give us about others
You may give us information about other people, such as the name and address of a gift recipient, or the name and contact information of someone who will attend one of our programs. We will only use this information for the specific reason you provide it.

Information from other sources
We may receive information about you from other sources, including third parties that help us update, expand, and analyze our records and identify new customers, and provide products and services that may be of interest to you.

Information collected automatically online
We collect information about your interactions with us, including the type of device or browser you’re using, your IP address, your browsing behavior while on our website, and the URLs of the websites you were at before you visited our site (these are called “referring URLs”).

The Washington Scholars Program and our partners use technologies such as cookies or similar technologies to analyze trends, administer the website, track users’ movements around the website, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level.

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We may permit third party service providers to collect and process some information from our digital properties. We may share personal information with those providers and may have similar arrangements with interest-based advertisers. We provide more information about interest-based ads below.

Our digital properties are not designed to respond to “do not track” requests from browsers.

Location information
Some of our digital properties may collect your location to help you search for one of our stores or to use special mobile features within some of our stores. For example, The Washington Scholars Program works with third parties to provide you with helpful messaging in your mobile app when you come to our stores.

In order for any mobile application to identify your location, you must enable location services through your mobile device’s settings. If you do not want The Washington Scholars Program to collect this information or to enable these features, you can turn off location services on your mobile device. The Washington Scholars Program has no control over your device’s settings.

Reviews and other content you provide
Our websites offer publicly accessible blogs or community forums. Be aware that anyone who accesses these areas may read, collect, and use the information you provide.


We use the information we collect for things like:

  • Identifying you on our websites and our mobile app in order to customize your experience (for example, based on your purchase history or your location)
  • Marketing and advertising products and services
  • Conducting research and analysis
  • Processing The Washington Scholars Program scholarship applications

Interest-Based Advertising
You can opt out of interest-based advertising from third-party providers who follow the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising at

Information Retention
We may retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.


The Washington Scholars Program does not sell, rent, or trade your personal information to third parties. We share your information only in the ways we describe below.

We may combine or share information among current or future The Washington Scholars Program companies, including affiliates and subsidiaries.

We may share your information with third parties to perform services on our behalf such as:

  • Sending The Washington Scholars Program marketing communications
  • Conducting research and analysis
  • Applying for college credit, admission, or scholarships

We may share personal information in connection with financial products or services related to our business, such as the GMU Admissions Department.

Sometimes we may be required to share personal information for legal reasons, for example, if we are required to do so by a regulation, court order, subpoena or other legal process. We may also share information when we believe it’s necessary to comply with the law or to respond to a government request, or when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to protect The Washington Scholars Program, our customers, or others.

We may share personal information in the event of a corporate sale, merger, acquisition, dissolution, or similar event. If such an event takes place, we’ll notify you through e-mail (if we have your email address) and/or a prominent notice on our applicable website(s) of any change in ownership, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information.


We use a variety of information security measures to protect your online transactions with us.

  • We use reasonable security measures to protect the confidentiality of personal information under our control and appropriately limit access to it.
  • Our digital properties use encryption technology to protect your personal information.

We are committed to protecting your information, but you can do your part. You should create a strong password and protect against unauthorized access to your password and your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer and do not share your password with anyone. We cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us and by using our digital properties you acknowledge that you do so at your own risk.


You may at any time:

  • Stop receiving marketing or promotional e-mails, direct mail, phone, and mobile marketing communications
  • Update and correct your personal information
  • Deactivate your account
  • Request removal of information you post on our digital properties. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your content or personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.

To do any of these, let us know by one of these methods:

  • Follow the directions in a marketing e-mail, direct mail, or mobile communication that you receive from us
  • Provide your request and current contact information through one of the contact methods listed under “Contact Us” below.

Please note: Even if we are able to anonymize or make your content or information no longer visible, this does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of your content or personal information from the Internet.


We are committed to protecting children’s privacy on the Internet and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13.


Our websites link to other websites, many of which have their own privacy policies. Be sure to review the privacy policy on the website you’re visiting.


Our website includes ways to interact and share using social media, through features such as the Facebook “Like” button, the “Share This” button, or interactive mini-programs that run on our website (“widgets”). These features may collect information such as your IP address or the page you are visiting on our website, and may set cookies to enable the feature to function properly. Social media features can be hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these features are governed by the privacy policy of the social media company providing the feature.


We may need to update our Privacy Policy as we and our customers grow and evolve. If we make material changes, we will notify you by e-mail (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of posting a notice on this website prior to the change becoming effective, as well as inform you of any choices you may have with respect to these changes.


If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or practices please contact us.



The Washington Scholars Program
4400 University Drive
MS 3A4
Fairfax, VA 22030