Philanthropy in Action

Morgan Rollo, SON '17

A Healthy Investment

The first recipients of the Johnson-Pawlson Scholarship for Enhanced Quality and Safety at the School of Nursing share their their stories and future plans.

Read more about these School of Nursing scholars
Sormeh Harounzadeh, SMHS '17

SMHS Alumnus Honors His Mother by Helping a Nurse

Through the Adopt-a-Doc program, Sormeh Harounzadeh, SMHS ’17, inspires an alum by pursuing a dream that his mother never got the chance to realize.

Read more about Sormeh'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

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

Guillermo Martinez was selected for a unpaid internship at D.C. Superior Court, and KACIF helped defray the costs.

‘Knowledge in Action’ Grants Lower the Cost of Unpaid Internships

Dream internship opportunities are part of the "Only at GW" experience, but the cost of taking on a full-time, unpaid internship is often too much. More than 265 GW students have benefited from the Knowledge in Action Fund.

Learn more about KACIF at GWToday
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

    63,567 Donors

    We thank the 63,567 donors whose generosity has opened doors for students, enhanced GW's academics, and allowed researchers to make new discoveries.

  • GW Tempietto, By The Numbers feature

    $968 Million

    We are more than 95% of the way to our $1 billion goal thanks to donors like you.

    Thank you for all you do to support students, enhance academics, and break new ground.

  • Students at graduation

    70% of Undergraduates

    Receive financial assistance from the university.

    Total graduate and undergraduate financial aid is more than $275 million. We rely on philanthropic support to help us ensure cost is not a barrier to aspiring GW students.

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