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

Alumnus John Sullivan (left) with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck (right).

Alumnus’ $1.5 Million Endowment to Support Math Department

A $1.5 million bequest commitment by alumnus John Dixon Sullivan, BS ’76, MS ’83, will aid faculty, research and scholarly work in the Mathematics Department.

Conference panelists included (from left) former Washington Post correspondents Peter Osnos and Keith Richburg, Columbia University historian Lien-Hang Nguyen and former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Raymond Burghardt.

Lessons from Vietnam: Why the War Still Resonates Today

In a CCAS-sponsored event, historians, cultural experts and political and military leaders reflected on the Vietnam War’s global influence 50 years later.

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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