2017 Book Award

GW Book Award

George Washington’s Leadership Lessons

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Alumni Relations at The George Washington University are excited to present outstanding high school juniors from participating high schools with the George Washington University Book Award. The GW Book Award recognizes high school juniors who embody the GW drive and spirit, specifically with their academic excellence, leadership outside of the classroom, diversity of thought, and ability to put knowledge into action. We encourage school counselors to nominate one qualified high school junior each year.

The Award

Nominees will be reviewed by a selection committee. Those selected will receive George Washington’s Leadership Lessons, have their GW application fee waived, and, if they apply to GW, will be eligible for a scholarship just for GW Book Award recipients.

The Book

George Washington’s Leadership Lessons was written by the late James C. Rees (GW Class of 1978), former executive director of the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. The book brings to light how President Washington developed his leadership skills to become a visionary and inspirational leader who ultimately guided our nation on the path to greatness.


  • November 1: GW Book Award Nomination Form opens
  • April 30: Deadline to submit nominations (Nomination reviews will begin in February)
  • March - May: Awards sent to schools

Counselor Information

For more information about the GW Book Award, please email [email protected]. If you are interested in nominating a high school junior for the GW Book Award, please submit the GW Book Award Nomination Form.