2023 Celebration of Scholarships and Fellowships Dinner


Members of the GW community came together on March 30, 2023 at The REACH at the Kennedy Center to show gratitude to scholarship donors and celebrate achievements of scholarship students. The more than 250 guests included donors, students, parents, university leaders and friends – with many donors and the students who benefitted from their generosity meeting in person for the first time. The special night featured remarks from GW President Mark S. Wrighton as well as reflections from student scholarship recipients on how their lives are forever changed by the transformative impact of scholarships and fellowships.

President Mark S. Wrighton

GW President Mark S. Wrighton delivers remarks to students, families, and donors.

Guests at the reception

Students enjoy a reception where many met their donors for the first time.

Student Speaker

Student scholarship recipient tells his Only-at-GW story during dinner.



Student Scholarship Recipient Video Spotlights


Chinyere Munonye, CCAS ’23

Lawrence-Klose Family Endowed Scholarship

A native of Washington, DC, Chinyere spent her high school years on George Washington University’s campus while attending the School Without Walls. She explored dual-enrollment programs with GW which sparked her interest in studying at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Chinyere is majoring in psychological and brain sciences with a minor in fine arts; her interests range from sustainability to poetry writing to studio art. After graduation, she will serve as a Student Life Coordinator for GW’s Pre-College and International Summer Programs. Chinyere’s ultimate goal is to serve as a vehicle for positive change for underserved populations through the use of technological advancements. As a scholarship recipient, she hopes to make an impact by inspiring first-generation, low-income students the same way donors inspired her.

Jane Henriques, SMHS ’23

Catherine Breen Student Assistance Fund 

Jane is in her final year at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and has dreamt of becoming a physician since she was a child. Jane recalls admiring the office of her mother, who is also a physician, where she witnessed how fulfilling it was to help patients live a better quality of life. A native of Charlotte, NC, Jane completed her undergraduate degree in biology at UNC Chapel Hill and chose GW because of the specific focus on public health. She has worked extensively with the SMHS Office of Admissions and has a keen interest in ensuring the admissions process is equitable for all. Jane is pursuing a career in pediatrics and hopes to become a physician who is active in her community and able to advocate for public health initiatives and health equity. 

Josh Stone, ESIA ’23

Harold Griffith Sutton Memorial Scholarship

Josh is a senior at the Elliott School of International Affairs studying international affairs with an interest in real estate and serving underrepresented populations. Growing up in Chicago, IL, Josh knew he wanted to attend an institution where diversity and culture were recognized and celebrated, leading him to GW. Josh has worked with organizations including Chicago Scholars, GENESYS Works, Project Destined, and recently had the opportunity to participate in a short-term study abroad trip to Guadalajara, Mexico to evaluate environmental factors affecting the region. In his rare downtime, Josh enjoys attending GW basketball games, trying local DC restaurants, and meeting people from different backgrounds/cultures. 





Open Doors: The Centuries Initiative for Scholarships & Fellowships

Sometimes opening a single door can make a world of difference. To create our future, we must invest in the generations to come. There is no more significant action we can take than to support the diverse and determined problem solvers, caretakers, and changemakers who will lead our world.

The Third Century Scholarship Endowment Match: Unlocking Access to Undergraduate Education accelerates substantial investments in endowed scholarships for undergraduate students and marks the most significant fundraising match in GW’s history. This landmark initiative provides a 1:1, dollar-for-dollar, match to double new gifts that will have a transformative impact on need-based, undergraduate scholarship endowments. Launched in November 2022, this historic commitment is an incredible opportunity to double impact and create a permanent legacy that opens doors for GW students for generations. 

Let's Open Doors






“The impact of your philanthropy transforms a life. This year alone, the folks in this room, this community, have helped over 100 students. This is what philanthropy is all about. Your scholarship philanthropy celebrates the positivity, hard work and resilience of amazing people – the students, of course, but also you.”

Donna Arbide
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Donna Arbide