Keeping a Promise to Pay It Forward

GW students write “thank you” notes to donors as part of Flag Day, an annual event celebrating philanthropy. Michael Hope provided matching funds to encourage donors to give.


More than three decades after his graduation from GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Michael J. Hope, BA ’79 established the Michael J. Hope Endowed Scholarship to ease the burden of higher education expenses for deserving undergraduates.

Michael’s enthusiasm for his alma mater continues to motivate him to give generously both through personal philanthropy and by encouraging others to join with him to support education. He participated in the 2016 GW Flag Day, an event dedicated to raising awareness of the need for and impact of alumni philanthropy.

 “As Elliott School alumni, we have the talent, training, and expertise to change the world, but our global influence is only as strong as those who come after us,” Michael wrote to his fellow GW graduates. “Help me give the GW experience to the great minds of tomorrow.” Thanks in large part to Michael’s efforts, hundreds of alumni made gifts to the university as part of GW Flag Day.

Most recently, Michael participated in GW’s Legacy Challenge by formalizing his intention to include the university in his estate plans. He designated his planned gift to the endowed scholarship in his name, thereby adding $10,000 to the fund. Over time, this sum will grow, and the Michael J. Hope Endowed Scholarship become an even more significant award. For decades to come, the university’s best and brightest students will benefit from Michael’s dedication to paying it forward.

“A GW education can change a life. I am who I am today because I received a scholarship to attend the Elliott School of International Affairs, and I promised myself that I would pay that gift forward.”

– Michael J. Hope, BA ’79

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