Inspiring Service




“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference. Since arriving at George Washington…we have been struck by our students’ passion for changing the world and by the imaginative and intellectually serious way in which they harness that passion by developing concrete, innovative projects.”

– Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University

Inspired by the vision of President George Washington, GW has always made it a priority to prepare our students to be citizen-leaders. Advancing new paradigms and inquiring about old ones are central to the school’s mission of developing engaged citizens and creative leaders. This idea is brought to life through the Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning, established by President Knapp and Diane Robinson Knapp to recognize, reward, and facilitate creative public service and academic engagement.

Through the fellowship, selected GW undergraduate or graduate students design and implement entrepreneurial service-learning projects. Fellows work with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, a faculty member, and potentially other students or community partners to execute a project that makes a significant difference to the lives of others.

The most recent recipients of the award are students Chloe King ‘18 and Gayatri Malhotra ‘19.

Chloe will organize a food conservation challenge in D.C. Public Schools to educate students on environmental issues and encourage them to prevent waste.

Meanwhile, Ms. Malhotra plans to explore perceptions, beliefs and attitudes of adolescents and how these change in communities in Delhi, India. “What I’m going to be doing is implementing a gender equality curriculum in schools,” she says.

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