Five Fantastic Funds

Andres Leon, ESIA ’17

Internship Award Opens Doors for Students

The right internship—which may not offer compensation—can maximize career options. Since 2012, thanks to a fund established by generous alumni and friends, nearly 20 students in the Elliott School of International Affairs’ International Trade and Investment Policy (ITIP) program have been able to hold unpaid internships and still cover the rent. The ITIP Internship Award Fund offers competitive grants to high-performing students. The award has also strengthened bonds among ITIP alumni and students, who recently gathered to celebrate five years of success. A gift to the ITIP Internship Award Fund goes directly to the students who receive these important grants.

“The ITIP Award enabled me to intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where I had the opportunity to apply the knowledge and technical skills I developed at the Elliott School to real-world scenarios. The internship also gave me a clearer sense of my career path and opened doors with prospective employers.” — Andres Leon, ESIA ’17


Amanda Hamilton, MPS ’16

O’Dwyer Fund Relieves Student Debt

Funded by Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) board member Brian J. O’Dwyer, BA ‘66, LLM ‘76, and his wife, Marianna, BA ‘67, MA ‘70, the O’Dwyer Fund for Student Loan Forgiveness encourages GSPM graduates to take jobs in the public sector by helping to pay some of their student loan debt. By supporting this fund, the O’Dwyers hoped that graduates would pursue careers in the public sector rather than feeling pressured to take higher-paying jobs in other fields. Gifts to the O’Dwyer Fund increase the number of “forgivable” loans to recent GSPM graduates who carry significant loan debt and who are employed in the public sector. These loans are used to pay down the graduate’s private or federally subsidized student loans that were used for undergraduate or GSPM studies.

“Thanks to the O’Dwyer family financially investing in my education, I am now able to manage my student loans and get ahead financially. There’s no doubt that I would not have the necessary tools needed to commit to my goals as a public servant without this support.” — Amanda Hamilton, MPS ’16, program analyst with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts


Office of Entrepreneurship

Founded in 2010, the GW Office of Entrepreneurship provides cross-disciplinary programming around innovation, education, venture creation, and making connections to support GW entrepreneurs and the Mid-Atlantic startup community. The office leverages the unique strengths of the university’s location in the nation’s capital to serve society at large through the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship. Philanthropic support enables GW to scale existing events and create new initiatives that offer aspiring entrepreneurs opportunities to turn their ideas into actual business ventures.

“This is experiential learning at its best. The ability to imagine a solution to a problem and take that idea to market is true innovation.” — Lex McCusker, director, GW New Venture Competition


From left: Indrajeet “Jeet” Viswanathan, MS ’12; Pascale Dumit, BS ’03, MS ’05, Cert. ’05; Sana Al-Hajj, MS ’92, DSc ’05 EAA Dinner © Eleanor Kaufman 2015 2015 Eleanor Kaufman

Engineering Alumni Scholarship Fund

The Engineering Alumni Scholarship Fund—started by the Engineer Alumni Association in 1991—provides partial scholarships to students based on academic standing, leadership in the school, and financial need. As the emphasis on the importance of STEM and STEAM education grows in the United States, this fund is ever more important as a funding vehicle to prepare and train more engineers. Gifts to this endowment will help generate additional funds in perpetuity to even more deserving students each year.

“This fund is a perfect example of how the SEAS community of alumni and supporters come together to pave a bright future for our students. Tuition support for deserving students is critically important in training and preparing science and engineering leaders to address our world’s toughest challenges.” — Sana Al-Hajj, MS ’92, DSc ’05





Alternative Breaks

The GW Alternative Breaks program is a nonprofit organization housed under GW’s Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service. The program offers community service trips annually to domestic and international locations. Students participate in a range of service areas from sustainability to education to community development. Recent trips have taken students to Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, a food bank in New York, and a coffee farm in Costa Rica. Gifts help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals, cultural/educational activities, and service costs during these service trips. They also provide scholarships to make this program financially accessible to all students.

“What I think that’s so great about Alternative Breaks is that it brings together people from all corners of campus and all backgrounds. It’s a diverse group of people you wouldn’t have met otherwise, and they truly become your best friends.” —Anna Hedlund, ESIA ’17


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