Philanthropy in Action

Yessenia Gonzalez, ESIA '16

Yessenia Gonzalez, ESIA '16

“When you’re the first of your family to go to college, there’s a lot of pressure to succeed, to make your family proud, and to set an example for your cousins, nieces, and nephews,” she explains. “The support I received eased the financial burden, so that was one pressure that I didn’t need to worry about.”

Read Yessenia's story
Maen Hammad, ESIA '17

Maen Hammad, ESIA ’17, is On a Roll

From building skateboard parks in occupied Palestine to volunteering to end discrimination across the United States, Maen is pursuing his dream to study international affairs at the Elliott School and help bring change on a larger scale thanks to the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship Fund.

Read Maen's story
Emanuel Johnson, CCAS ’15

In Their Words: Emanuel Johnson, CCAS ’15

Navy veteran Emanuel Johnson tells of his path from military service to making history.

Read more of Emanuel's story

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.

[Video] Making History: The Campaign for GW

  • Alumni Weekend 2015

    We caught up with several Colonials during Alumni Weekend 2015 and asked them why they support The George Washington University.

  • Video Introduction to Making History: The Campaign for GW

    Because Every Student Has the Potential to Make History

Expanding Learning Opportunities

Corcoran College of Art and Design

GW, Corcoran, and National Gallery Receive Approval to Implement Agreements

The court’s ruling permits the transfer of ownership of the Corcoran’s historic 17th Street building and the College of Art and Design to GW. The National Gallery of Art will gain custody of the art collection.

Find out how GW is creating a global hub for the arts
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

  • Students Say Thank You to Our Donors

    56,655 Donors

    We thank the 56,655 donors whose generosity has opened new doors for students, enhanced our academics, and allowed researchers to make new discoveries.

  • GW Tempietto, By The Numbers feature

    $831 Million

    We are more than 80% of the way to our $1 billion goal thanks to donors like you.

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

  • 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