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2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients


Muska Anwar               Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Breault                Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Christakos      Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Shanell Folger                Milken Institute School of Public Health

Alexis Aitana Godoy       Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Emily Lew                       Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Chante Mayers-Barbot  Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Administration

Casey Osgood                  Milken Institute School of Public Health

Kelsey Porter                   Milken Institute School of Public Health

Alicia Quayson                Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Danielle Soto                   Milken Institute School of Public Health

Bianca Stewart               Milken Institute School of Public Health



The application deadline was Saturday, April 11, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST)


The deadline for The Columbian Women Scholarship was Saturday, April 11, 2020 (11:59 p.m. EST)


The objective of The Columbian Women Scholarship (TUITION ONLY) is to recognize and assist women pursuing a degree program in any field of study at The George Washington University who demonstrate a high level of achievement in academia and a commitment to their chosen profession.

The Columbian Women Scholarship is based on merit and financial need. Applicants are first evaluated for financial need; applicants meeting the need criteria typically have an expected family contribution of less than $10,000 as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All applicants are required to complete a FAFSA application prior to applying for a Columbian Women Scholarship.


Awards will only be made for the 2020-2021 academic year. Although award amounts may vary year-to-year, the anticipated total award amount for 2019-2020 will be approximately $90,000 with most individual awards ranging between $5,000 and $10,000. Scholarship awards will cover tuition costs only. If a scholarship recipient registers for fewer credits than when the initial award was given, the amount will be reduced to ensure only tuition costs are covered. The remaining amount will be returned to The Columbian Women. Award recipients (and other applicants) are eligible to reapply in subsequent years.


The Columbian Women of The George Washington Univesity reserve the right to reduce award amounts or to not award scholarships in a given year - if funding is limited, inaccessible or due to extenuating circumstances.


Please review the following guidelines and instructions carefully before beginning your application.

The application, and all required attachments including recommendation letters, must be received on or before the deadline of April 11, 2020 (11:59 P.M. EST).. Late and incomplete applications, including required attachments and recommendation letters, will not be reviewed or considered.



All applicants must:

• Be enrolled in The George Washington University for at least one semester in a recognized academic degree program (e.g., bachelor, masters, doctorate, JD, or MD).

• Have completed a minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours for undergraduate or nine (9) credit hours for graduate studies from The George Washington University prior to the application deadline.

• Demonstrate financial need by submitting the appropriate information to The George Washington University Financial Aid Office through filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The 2019 FAFSA must be filed prior to the application deadline.

• Have a grade point average of 3.5 or above at The George Washington University prior to the application deadline.


Students who are already receiving a scholarship, fellowship, tuition credit, or any combination of these that covers their full tuition are ineligible.

Scholarship awards will be distributed by the University for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters. Recipients are required to attend a Scholarship Tea, hosted by The Columbian Women, which is typically held in the fall.


The Application

Applications will be evaluated by a committee who will score the applications based upon the following criteria: GPA; commitment to student activities, community involvement, academic career or profession; candidate statement; and recommendations. 


Applicant Profile: Provide your GWID and contact information.


Academic Information: Please provide your current GPA. When submitting your application, please attach an electronic copy of your unofficial transcript. You can obtain this from the Banner secured area on the GW website.


Candidate Data: Please provide the following information. Each section should not exceed 300 words.

a) Student, academic, professional and community participation. This includes professional organization participation and contributions, volunteer work, number and name(s) of workshops/seminars/lectures attended during year, relationship to career enhancement, etc.

b) Special recognition in professional activities or personal awards. Types of recognition include certificates, letters of appreciation, cash awards, recognition resulting from self-development which demonstrates a relationship to the chosen profession, scholarships, and overseas studies.


Candidate Statement: Provide a narrative not to exceed 500 words demonstrating self-development, long-term educational and professional goals, commitment (related activities) to the chosen profession, and basis for need. Please cite your achievements in your chosen field as well as your personal goals for your chosen career.


Recommendation Letter

Recommendation Letters: One recommendation letter is required. You may submit up to two letters of recommendation. DO NOT submit additional letters, as hey will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their recommendation letters are submitted by the application deadline. Applications without a letter of recommendation will not be considered.


Recommendation letters should be from an advisor, faculty member, or supervisor and should cite the qualifications and skills that make the applicant sufficiently outstanding to be considered to receive the award. Please note that the recommendation does not need to be from an employee of The George Washington University. It is best to choose a recommender who knows you well and can speak to and give examples of your accomplishments. The nomination should address academic achievements, self-development initiatives, contributions to the community and participation in profession-sponsored activities.


When you submit your application, the online system will generate and email request for your recommendation letter.  Please also inform them of the request via your personal email and/or in person so they will be expecting it and know their recommendation letters must be received on or by 11:59pm EST, April 11, 2020.


Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.


Email for any questions regarding the scholarship application process.

The 2020-2021 application process is now closed.


The application deadline was 11:59 p.m. EST on April 11, 2020.


The Columbian Women Scholarship Application is closed and the deadline was on April 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST, which was the deadline for applications and all required attachments, including transcripts and reference letters.


Courtesy of GW Alumni Association
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