Giving Priorities

GW parent Ulvi Kasimov (center) endowed a fund to support graduate fellowships in the Art Therapy Program.

Your gift to GW’s Columbian College of Arts & Sciences has the potential to shape the future of education, research, and innovation. Your support is not merely a donation; it's an investment in the potential of tomorrow's leaders and the ongoing pursuit of excellence. Whether it's supporting scholarships for bright minds or backing research that pushes the envelope, you've got options. Your contribution, big or small, plays critical a role in advancing our mission and vision.


Give Where It's Needed Most ...

The largest fundraising match in GW's history, the Third Century Scholarship Endowment Match is a landmark opportunity to support our students. GW will match new gifts to need-based undergraduate scholarship endowments dollar-for-dollar. To create a scholarship fund in the Columbian College or your school, department or program, contact CCAS Giving Staff. To learn more about how the match works, visit the GW Giving site.


... or Support a Specific Cause

Your generosity could support a diverse range of initiatives in the arts and sciences:

Create Opportunity with Endowed Professorships

Endowed faculty positions, such as the Max Ticktin Professorship of Israel Studies, provide academic honors and salary support in perpetuity, and enable Columbian College to attract and retain the best researchers and teachers. These positions bolster our academic reputation while providing students opportunities to develop collaborative partnerships with elite academic scholars.

Ease Student Debt

The high cost of student debt can impede accomplishment, and impact educational and career goals. But when financial burdens are lifted through fellowships and scholarships, students such as Aaron Aksoz, BA ’20, are able to maximize their GW experience. Columbian College looks to philanthropic support to alleviate student debt burdens and increase the diversity of the student population.

Support Innovative Faculty Research

Every research project begins with an innovative idea. These creative sparks require funding for equipment, travel stipends and laboratory time. Your support could enable hands-on training for the next generation of investigators, such as the tuberculosis research Abby Pepin, BS ’17, conducted with Associate Professor Cynthia Dowd. Pilot funding also seeds preliminary results that may attract larger grants to accelerate future breakthroughs.

Fund Undergraduate Research Opportunities

No matter which field they explore — science, public policy, social science, the arts or the humanities — our undergraduate students work side-by-side with faculty to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity. Undergraduate research opportunities, such as what is supported through the Robert Vincent Fellowship, provide students with the means necessary to inspire the next generation of scientists, analysts, artists and more.


Stories of Impact

Washington on stage being interviewed by Tony Goldwyn, her longtime friend and former co-star on ABC's 'Scandal,'

Kerry Washington's Inspiring Return to GW: A Master Class, a Book Launch and a Revolutionary Revelation

The actor and alumna hosted an intimate discussion with theatre students at CCAS' Corcoran School before her sold-out book tour event at Lisner Auditorium.

2023-24 Terker Fellows Mindy Finn and Jonathan Karl

New SMPA Terker Fellows to Bring Experience and Share Knowledge with Students

As fellows, award-winning journalist Jonathan Karl and CEO of Citizen Data Mindy Finn will contribute their expertise to class discussions and events at SMPA.

Read More Stories of Impact


Damian Galvan


"When I received the Cisneros Scholarship and The Earl and Valerie Washington Scholarship, I understood what this meant for my academic pursuits and what this meant for my parents. It inspires me to keep pedaling. You realize that you’re the one who has to turn the wheels. . . . There are ups and downs, but I know there are people there to support me along the way.”

Damian Galvan
Political Science and Sociology Double Major