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The George Washington University is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and rewards exceptionally qualified students with academic scholarships. Recipients of these competitive scholarships represent a wide range of economic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. Unless indicated, applicants are automatically considered for scholarships as part of the admissions process, and no application is required.
While GW offers multiple scholarships and you may meet the qualifications for several, only one can be awarded. Some scholarships may require U.S. citizenship. Students receiving GW employee benefits are not eligible for the awards listed on this page.
Scholarships for Freshman Applicants
Freshmen awarded one of the scholarships listed below are guaranteed this award for up to 10 consecutive semesters as long as they maintain continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. Unless otherwise indicated, all scholarships and merit awards can only be used towards tuition expenses.
PRESIDENTIAL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS
All freshman applicants, including international students, are considered automatically for these tuition scholarships. Presidential Academic Scholarships are awarded to the most competitive applicants in the pool.
National Merit Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars who apply to GW and meet the following eligibility requirements are considered for merit scholarships.
- National Merit finalists must select GW as their first choice college with the National Merit Corporation.
- National Hispanic Scholars must be designated by the College Board as a National Hispanic Scholar in the National Hispanic Recognition Program.
STEPHEN JOEL TRACHTENBERG (SJT) SCHOLARSHIP
Outstanding graduates of the District of Columbia high schools who have been nominated by their school counselors are considered for SJT Scholarships. These awards cover full tuition and fees (beyond the DC Tag Program allowance), room and board, and include a book allowance. Candidates must be residents of the District of Columbia, attend a regionally accredited D.C. high school, and have applied for financial assistance.
SCOTTISH RITE SCHOLARSHIP
A limited number of half-tuition scholarships, established through a gift from the Scottish Rite Foundation, are awarded annually to full-time undergraduates in on-campus degree programs. A separate Scottish Rite Scholarship Application is required in order to be considered for this award. Eligibility requirements are included on the application.
Scholarships for Transfer Applicants
All transfer applicants, including international students, are eligible for consideration for the following transfer scholarships:
PHI THETA KAPPA
Members of Phi Theta Kappa honors society who apply to GW are considered for academic tuition scholarships of $7,500 ($15,000 for two years). To qualify for consideration, the applicant must apply to enter GW for the fall semester on a full-time basis, present proof of membership in Phi Theta Kappa and have at least 56 semester hours of transferable credit with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
ALPHA BETA GAMMA
Members of Alpha Beta Gamma honors society who apply to GW are considered for academic tuition scholarships of $7,500 ($15,000 for two years). To qualify for consideration, the applicant must apply to enter GW for the fall semester on a full-time basis, present proof of membership in Alpha Beta Gamma, and have at least 56 semester hours of transferable credit with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
Transfer students admitted to the School of Engineering and Applied Science with a minimum of three credit-hours of college-level chemistry or physics and six credit-hours of college-level calculus or higher mathematics may be considered for a Presidential Academic Scholarship. To be considered for a $16,000 tuition scholarship, the applicant must have at least 30 hours of transferable credit with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. To be considered for a $20,000 tuition scholarship, the applicant must have at least 60 hours of transferable credit with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. Preference is given to students who apply for the fall semester.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF COLLEGIATE SCHOLARS
Members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) Community College Scholars Program who apply to GW are considered for academic tuition scholarships of $10,000 ($20,000 for two years). To qualify for consideration, the applicant must be accepted as a transfer student from an NSCS community college chapter to enter GW for the fall semester on a full-time basis, present proof of membership in NSCS, and have at least 56 semester hours of transferable credit from a community college with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 on a 4.0 scale.
YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM
GW participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill's Yellow Ribbon Program which allows academically qualified undergraduate veterans who are eligible for the program to attend GW for free. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, please review the Student Application Policy and Procedures.
Qualifying ROTC scholars may be eligible for awards toward the cost of GW campus housing and meals. Navy, Army, and Air Force ROTC scholars who are new to the military service with majors in computer science, mathematics, chemistry, physics, or engineering may be eligible for a $4,000 room and board award. Regardless of major, NROTC scholars with prior Navy experience may be eligible for awards up to the average cost of room and board.
Information on this page is accurate and current for the class entering Fall 2015.