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D.C. High School Seniors Surprised With Full Ride Scholarships to GW

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarships Cover Tuition, Fees, Room, Board and Books
March 20, 2013

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Michelle Sherrard
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WASHINGTON – The dream of a free college education became a reality today for eight D.C. high school seniors. George Washington University President Steven Knapp hand delivered acceptance letters announcing full scholarships to students at their schools. The students’ families were in on the surprise and entered the classroom as their child’s name was called to congratulate the student on joining the GW class of 2017.

“For many of us at GW, this is a favorite annual event,” said Dr. Knapp. “These talented students will bring a great deal to our campus, and I look forward to welcoming them.”

The GW - Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (SJT) Scholarship program provides academically exceptional students with scholarships that cover tuition, room, board, books and fees at George Washington University- a more than $200,000 award.

University officials visited eight students in six schools. This year’s winners are: DeLante’ Fludd of Thurgood Marshall, David Hernandez-Pineda and Olivia Persons of Benjamin Banneker, Timothy Hursen of Washington Latin Public Charter School, Joycelynn Kane of School Without Walls, Leslie Ogu and Charleene Smith of McKinley Technology and Briana Whitfield of Theodore Roosevelt high schools.

The 2017 class of SJT scholarship awardees includes an aspiring actor, neurosurgeon, business owner, photographer, veterinarian and lawyers.

“This year’s SJT scholarship recipients represent the best combination of strong intellect, commitment to community and fierce determination," said Karen Felton, director of admissions at GW. “They are scholars and role models who will undoubtedly make their mark at the university and beyond. I'm excited to watch them grow at GW.”

This year's scholarship recipients will join the 140 District students who have achieved this distinction since the program began 24 years ago. GW selects students based on GPA, SAT scores, course of study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities, community service and other extracurricular activities and achievements. Students are nominated for the awards by their high school counselors and then participate in an interview process before being chosen. All D.C. residents graduating from an accredited. high school in the District – public, charter or private – are eligible to receive the scholarship.. The scholarships are renewed annually if the recipients meet the university's academic progress standards. The graduation rate for participants in the program is approximately 90 percent.

To date, the university has committed more than $16.5 million to the program. Formerly the GW 21st Century Scholarships, the awards program was renamed for Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, GW President Emeritus and University Professor of Public Service, by the GW Board of Trustees in 1998 to celebrate his 10th anniversary in office.

The scholarship alumni are employed in a diversity of fields around the country, including medicine, law, business, finance, communication, secondary and higher education, research, engineering and the performing arts. They also can be found in graduate schools across the nation and worldwide.

In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.

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