Philanthropy at Work

Power and Promise - Zinhle Essamuah

Ensuring that Cost is Not a Barrier

The Power & Promise Fund for Student Aid ensures that qualified students, regardless of financial resources, can take full advantage of a GW education. Our success depends on making it possible for the most talented students to come to GW.

Discover how scholarships change students' lives
Career Counseling

Committed to Expanding Career Opportunities

In May 2014, Board of Trustees member Mark R. Shenkman, M.B.A. ’67, and his wife Rosalind, donated $5 million to support the GW Career Services Enhancement Initiative and the F. David Fowler Career Center at the School of Business.

Learn how the donation will help students and alumni
Signage outside of Milken Institute School of Public Health

Create Health Leaders of the Future

The new state-of-the-art Milken Institute School of Public Health building opened its doors on May 15, 2014 and will serve as a hub for cutting-edge research as students and faculty work to solve global health problems.

See how the new space supports our future public health leaders

Philanthropy and Vision

  • Admitted Student Days

    Support Students

    In the classroom, on campus, at an internship, on the field, in the community: GW students are leaders.

    With your support, we can work to open GW's doors to all qualified students who hope to attend.

  • GroW Garden Offers a Lesson in Sustainability

    Enhance Academics

    Learning does not—and should not—stop at the end of class.

    With your support, we can do more to help talented students and faculty apply their skills and passions to the world’s most pressing problems.

  • Energy Lab

    Break New Ground

    Our faculty and students tackle the world’s priorities through research that transcends—and breaks—boundaries.

    With your support, we can create innovative research initiatives to address society’s most significant challenges.

Tools for Success

Knowledge in Action Internship Recipients

Grants Open Doors for Career Exploration

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund grants allow students to build skills and explore career paths through unpaid internships without financial hardship. They also demonstrate GW's commitment to providing valuable internship experiences.

See how the grants make a difference
Working with bees in Foggy Bottom

Opportunities to Explore the Natural World

GW senior Katherine Berry studies pollination, or palynology, by observing pollen forager bees by tracking, marking, and collecting their pollen. Her research is in part made possible thanks to the Wilbur V. (Bill) Harlan Scholarship Trust.

Learn how the trust supports the next generation of scientists
Milken Institute Scholars

Public Health Leaders of Tomorrow

Four incoming doctoral students were selected to be part of the first cohort of Michael and Lori Milken Public Health Scholars. The scholarship program is funded by a generous $10 million gift from the Milken Family Foundation. 

Meet the scholars

By The Numbers

  • GW Tempietto, By The Numbers feature

    $525 Million

    We are more than halfway to our $1 billion goal thanks to donors like you.

    Join us and help support students, enhance academics, and break new ground.

  • Students Say Thank You to Our Donors

    45,969 Donors

    We thank the 45,969 donors who have supported Making History: The Campaign for GW.

    Your generosity has opened new doors for students, enhanced our academics, and allowed researchers to make new discoveries.

  • Students at graduation

    60% of Undergraduates

    Receive need- or merit-based financial assistance from the university. The average award to each student is more than $27,000.

    Yet, there is more to be done.

Because of You

  • Maddison Bruer
  • Will Alexander
  • Suet Kam Lam, MD/MPH '13 chats with Dr. Audrey Jakubowski Lazarus at the Power & Promise Dinner.
  • Theiline Gborkorquellie

"I don’t know if people realize that money is hope for people in my situation. GW provided me with the funds to attend college. GW believed in me and where I was going."

Maddison Bruer, Elliott School '15

"The Trachtenberg Scholarship was a game changer for me. It's such a transformative experience when you see one of your peers apply for and receive the scholarship—just seeing what doors and opportunities that opened up for them made it something I really wanted to strive for."

Will Alexander, SEAS '04, GWSB '06

"There is something priceless about an unexpected hug from a child and the genuine gratitude from parents who feel like you have taken the time to talk to them and have taken good care of their children. I look forward to these moments and knowing that I can make an impact on others’ lives."

Suet Kam Lam, MD/MPH, SMHS '13

"As a young girl, I lost my mother to asthma. I felt helpless, and that was when my desire to change lives through medicine was first sparked. When I learned that I received a scholarship from GW, it was an overwhelming experience because my desire to pursue a career in medicine has been a lifelong goal."

Theiline Gborkorquellie, M.D., SMHS '13