Stories of Support

We walk through many doors in life, but sometimes opening a single door can make a world of difference.

Scholarships and fellowships have opened doors for many future leaders at GW, read their stories below:

Professor's gate archway with blue sky with clouds.

Open Doors: LeBlanc Scholars

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.
Avonda Fogan, B.A. ’16, recipient of the Stephen Joel Trachtenberg scholarship

Avonda Fogan, B.A. ’16

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

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

"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

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

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.

GW students arrive on campus with big dreams for their future. With the help of scholarships and fellowships, they’re able to gain peace of mind while focusing their talents and brainpower on achieving their ambitious goals.


Grace Seo, student at GW School of Media and Public Affairs.



Grace Seo, Class of 2023

Scholarship funding has allowed Grace Seo to devote more energy to her academics and the opportunity to connect with professors and the diverse community of GW.

”It’s really important to not only be involved in your academics and pursue what you want to do as a career, but also—because GW is so diverse—it’s so important to embrace your own culture and heritage,” she said. “Being a part of the Asian-American Student Association has allowed me to meet people who share the same types of problems and issues and perspectives.”

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Laya Reddy, Class of 2023



Laya Reddy, Class of 2022

A recipient of the Corcoran Scholars award and Steiner Scholarship, Ms. Reddy is involved with the band and orchestra at GW, and formed a brass quintet in her first year at the university. She appreciates the many concert series hosted by the GW music department, and especially loves the Fridays at Five performances. “Fridays at Five is a great opportunity for students to perform their works in front of a kind and receptive audience. I’ve enjoyed playing at these performances, as well as learning more about other Corcoran students’ works,” she says.

Scholarship funding allows students the freedom to take advantage of all that GW has to offer.

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Andrew Kastner, Class of 2022



Andrew Kastner, Class of 2022

“With the help of the award from the Richard Lahey and Carlotta Gonzalez Lahey Fund, I can attend GW where my world has opened to a wide range of new experiences.”

“Learning from and with a diverse set of peers, and to work and connect with established artists, drive me to keep expanding my knowledge-base and skill-sets.”

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