Every gift, every year helps GW students reach their potential in the classroom, and in life.  The stories below reflect the impact of philanthropy on our GW community.

GRAPHIC: Title IX Spotlight: Meena Lakdawala-Flynn, Gymnastics

Title IX Spotlight: Meena Lakdawala-Flynn

August 24, 2022

Gymnastics alumna gives back through endowed scholarship.

Seymour Perlin and his wife, Ruth R. Perlin

For the Love of Family

July 12, 2022
Couple’s gift endows The Seymour and Ruth Perlin Professorship in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and celebrates the family’s unique 100-year history at GW.
Jeffrey Akman (r) and Steven Mazzola.

Former SMHS Dean Jeffrey Akman Makes $3.5 Million Bequest to Fund Student Research

May 23, 2022
Akman Innovation Fund awards “venture capital” grants to inaugural cohort.
Emma Cieslik, an MA student in the GW Museum Studies program, prepares an equestrian textile from the Brick Freedman Collection

Textile Art Collection and New Endowment Gifts Expand Experiential Learning Opportunities

April 24, 2022

Valued at nearly $5 million, donations from former trustees of The Textile Museum elevate GW as an international center for scholarship and appreciation of textiles as global cultural heritage.

Prashamsha Rayamajhi discussed the impact of scholarships on her own education.

Donors and Recipients Share Impact of Scholarship Gifts

April 04, 2022

After two years, Celebration of Scholarships and Fellowships Dinner returns to in-person celebration at Kennedy Center’s REACH.

Maryanne Lavan (l), Mikayla Harris, the late Larry Harris and Zachary Harris. (Photo courtesy of Maryanne Lavan)

Larry D. Harris Memorial Law Scholarship Honors Life and Legacy of a Founder of the GW Black Law Student Association

February 08, 2022

His family opens the door to opportunity for others and commemorates the lifelong priorities of exemplary alumnus instrumental in building GW’s Black Law Student Association.

Professor's gate archway with blue sky with clouds.

Open Doors: LeBlanc Scholars

December 13, 2021
Funds established by Thomas and Anne LeBlanc in 2018 to help students facing financial setbacks access the opportunities they’ve earned are boosted by new gifts from Trustees, key volunteers and university leadership.
Timothy McCaffrey (l) and Ulvi M. Kasimov tour Dr. McCaffery’s lab where he is developing a RNA-based diagnostic device.

$1 Million Gift to SMHS Research Seeks to Accelerate Deployment of Faster, More Accurate COVID-19 Test

December 13, 2021
GW parents Ulvi and Reykhan Kasimov hope philanthropic support will help stem the tide of the pandemic by developing better detection tools.
Avonda Fogan, B.A. ’16, recipient of the Stephen Joel Trachtenberg scholarship

Avonda Fogan, B.A. ’16

November 23, 2021
Avonda Fogan has never been one to follow a narrow path, and her scholarship to GW allow her to invest time and energy into exploring new opportunities, like learning Mandarin Chinese and studying abroad in Beijing.
William Murphy, B.S. ’16, recipient of the Nelson and Michele Carbonell Engineering Endowed Scholarship

William Murphy, B.S. ’16

November 22, 2021
William Murphy wasn’t always sure he’d go to college at all. A summer job and the Carbonell Engineering Scholarship opened the door to a career in cancer research.
Jasmine Vicencio, B.S. ’16, M.P.H. ‘20, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship recipient

Jasmine Vicencio, B.S. ’16, M.P.H. ‘20

November 17, 2021
"My family was not going to be able to take out loans,” she said. “So when I found out about the scholarship and realized I didn’t have to worry about the financial burden, I could focus on my studies and my career instead of trying to juggle that with working multiple part-time jobs. It opened up so many options for me."
Theiline Gborkorquellie, M.D. ’13, scholarship recipient in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

On the Path to Helping Children

November 12, 2021
For Theiline Gborkorquellie, M.D. ’13, her path started when her mother, a nurse, died when she was only 11. The trauma of the event, along with the values of service and care that her mother had instilled in and modeled for her, set her on the path toward a medical career. With the help of scholarships, today, Dr. Gborkorquellie is a pediatrician at Children’s National Hospital.
Moshe Pasternak, B.A. ’17, and his wife, Margarita Bronshteyn, B.A. ’17

Moshe Pasternak, B.A. ’17

November 11, 2021
Passionate about activism and politics, Moshe Pasternak would still need help to attend GW. His scholarship helped him not only attend but take on unpaid internships, including working on Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Professor Michael King shown at a blackboard demonstrating organic chemistry to a class.

Endowment Bequest Builds on Professor Michael King’s Legacy of Impact at GW

August 03, 2021

Testamentary gifts from the King family will fund the chemistry department’s first endowed professorship and support GW Hillel.


Gift of $2.7 Million Establishes a Master’s Program in Israel Education

June 21, 2021
The Marcus Foundation, through a partnership with The iCenter, builds on GW’s strengths in Jewish education and Judaic studies.


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