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.

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.
fountain on Mount Vernon campus

Mount Vernon Seminary Alumna, Spouse Bequeath $1 Million to GW Women’s Leadership Program

June 11, 2021
GW preserves the legacy of Mount Vernon Seminary and College through an innovative first-year living and learning community on the Mount Vernon campus.
Frank Sesno with Ted Turner

CNN Gift Propels Environmental Media Initiative

May 03, 2021
A $500,000 CNN gift will help achieve the goal of creating a Ted Turner Professor of Environmental Media at SMPA and support GW’s focus on sustainability.

University Receives more than $12 Million to Fund Scholarships

March 23, 2021
As GW gets ready to celebrate its first-ever Giving Day on April 7, the university announced $12.48 million in major gifts that will fund scholarships for current and future students across the university.
GW Law

GW Law Alumnus Makes $2 Million Bequest to Start Scholarship Fund

March 03, 2021

A gift from Kenneth E. Jaconetty will create an endowed need-based scholarship to support law students from diverse backgrounds to pursue studies in intellectual property law.

Founders Gate

GW Designates $22.5 Million in Gifts for Student Financial Assistance

October 29, 2020
The university reached a significant philanthropic milestone as it announced more than $22.5 million in gifts that will be used to create need-based student scholarships.
Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.

GW Announces Transformational $12.5 Million Gift Advancing Work on Religious Freedom

October 08, 2020
Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.’s $12.5 million bequest builds upon the ambassador’s initial $2.5 million gift in 2016 that established the Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom at GW.
Michael J. McKeon, JD ’96

GW Law Alumnus Endows Professorship of Intellectual Property Law

September 16, 2020
GW Law received a major gift from alumnus Michael J. McKeon, JD ’96 that established the Michael J. McKeon Professorship of Intellectual Property Law. Professor Robert Brauneis, co-director of GW Law’s IP program, was appointed the inaugural holder of the endowed professorship.


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