Student Services

As we continue to support students in the classroom through scholarships it is equally important that we enrich their co-curricular experiences by providing programs and services that foster career and professional development; community, citizenship, and leadership; and wellbeing. Here are a few highlights of philanthropic impact from the 2015-16 academic year.

Support the Student Experience


Career and Professional Development

Students and Alumni engaged with Career Services (career coaching, student employment, career workshops and employer events)

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund

  • $132,000 awarded to 81 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students
  • Since the program’s inception in 2013, we’ve received 862 applications and funded approximately 30%


Community, Citizenship, and Leadership

Community Service is an integral part of GW's identity.


Pre-Semester Adventure Bound Programs

  • 105 participants on 6 trips, including GWilderness, Whitewater, Ocean, Appalachian Trail - McAfee Knob, Shenandoah, and Harpers Ferry
  • Have reduced costs to students by 68% since 2012 to support GW's commitment to inclusion

Support Alt Breaks

Military and Veterans Student Services

  • 1800+ students with military backgrounds, including veterans, active-duty individuals, reservists, ROTC students, and dependents

Support Veterans Services


Student success is also determined by their health and wellbeing


Ronald W. Howard Student Assistance Fund

  • Offers financial assistance to students who incur unexpected expenses that they cannot cover, including providing a ticket home to see a dying parent, a warm coat during a harsh winter, or those last few textbooks
  • 22 Awards Totaling $39,700

Support Student Assistance

The Store: GW's Food Pantry

  • Opened in District House in fall 2016 as a resource for the approximately 25% of students who reported not having enough to eat on a weekly basis.

Support the GW Store

Philanthropy Spotlight - Student Services

Schmidt meets with current students involved in the LGBTQIA Resource Center for a roundtable luncheon.

Supporting LGBTQIA Students

When Michael Schmidt, BA ’78, MBA ’85, first came to GW, he had every intention of pursuing his interest in Political Science, but after a foray into acting, he decided to transfer to t

Aaron Banas (right) leads a nature retreat for D.C.-area veterans.

Supporting Veterans and the Environment

Aaron Banas, MP ’17, came to GW’s Professional Psychology Program because of its “unique approach to treat the whole person.”
Hannah Grosvenor, ESIA ’19, is vice president of The Store, GW’s on-campus food bank.

Laptops and Clickers for Students in Need

Hannah Grosvenor, ESIA ’19, and Colleen Kelty, GSEHD M.A. ’18, pitched an idea to the Luther Rice Society Advisory Council and won a $20,000 award earmarked for student laptop computers and classroom answer clickers.