Student Projects Take Center Stage in Colonial Crowdfunding

Five student-led projects are featured in the inaugural round of Colonial Crowdfunding, a program harnessing the power of the GW network to support student ventures. The projects, which will accept donations through December 7, are seeking anywhere from $2,500 to $8,000 in donations to achieve their goals.

The fall 2015 crowdfunding projects are:

  • African Students Association: expand the 10th annual Taste of Africa Cultural Showcase
  • Program Board: help organization leaders attend the National Association for Campus Activities national convention for the first time
  • Camp Kesem: build out a peer support network for children of parents with cancer
  • Men’s Club Volleyball: send the team to the National Club Volleyball Tournament
  • Robotics Team: support construction of an underwater robot to compete at the Marine Advanced Technology Education underwater robotics competition at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston

The five Colonial Crowdfunding projects for fall 2015 were selected from a pool of 20 applicants.

Meet the Colonial Crowdfunding Project Leaders

Faith Frugar_ASA“Taste of Africa is always the highlight of the African Students Association year. We sell out, people from other schools come. Non-African people from GW come. It’s a time to share and celebrate African culture, and to educate students about Africa.”

Faith Fugar, class of 2016
African Students Association


Program Board_Seth Gold“The National Association for Campus Activities this spring will really help us grow as a board and to become better event planners for the school.”

Seth Gold, class of 2016
GW Program Board



Camp Kesem_Grant Smith“We want to show campers and their families we are there for them throughout the year, not just the week of camp. These funds will help us be there for campers and their families in a pinch.”

Grant Smith, Class of 2018
Camp Kesem


Mens Club Vball_Ike Ikeri“Our aim is to get 20 team members, two full teams, down to Louisville. We haven’t ever fielded two full squads at nationals. I want to provide all the team members the same experience that I had as a freshman, which made me really engaged and want to get better at the sport.”

Ike Ikeri, class of 2016
Men’s Club Volleyball


Robotics Team_Josh Waldron“Being a member of the Robotics team will allow anyone to get hands-on technical project experience and apply skills learned in the classroom to solving real problems. With crowdfunding, the team will be able to acquire necessary materials and components to build a first generation robotic submarine to compete in the international intercollegiate Marine Advanced Technology Engineering competition this summer.”

Josh Waldron, class of 2016
Robotics Team


Any GW registered student organization could apply to take part in Colonial Crowdfunding. Each application was reviewed and final project decisions were made by a committee of student and staff members. Applications for spring 2016 Colonial Crowdfunding will open in January.


Author: GW Impact

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