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Prize Patrol Travels Across D.C. to Fulfill High School Seniors’ Dreams with Full-Ride Scholarships to the George Washington University

GW President Steven Knapp to Surprise 10 Graduating Students
March 17, 2017

Maralee Csellar:, 202-994-7564 (w), 202-207-7396 (c)
Emily Grebenstein:, 202-994-3087 (w), 202-768-5529 (c)

The college decision-making process will get a little easier for several D.C. high school students when the George Washington University President Steven Knapp hand-delivers acceptance letters and full-ride scholarships to ten academically talented students.

Throughout the day, the GW Prize Patrol—consisting of Dr. Knapp, the university’s mascot, and admissions representatives—will visit high schools throughout the city. The GW team will greet each student’s family and involve the families in the special moment when their student is surprised with a full-ride scholarship.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

9:30 a.m.: Eastern Senior High School (Ward 6)
1700 East Capitol Street, NE

10:15 a.m.: McKinley Technology High School (Ward 5)
151 T St., NE

11 a.m.: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Ward 5)
101 N St., NW
**Program note: Mayor Murial Bowser is expected to attend

12:30 p.m.: Woodrow Wilson High School (Ward 3)
3950 Chesapeake St., NW

Note: All times are approximate and subject to change.

These site visits are a surprise to the students and times are subject to change. To ensure the element of surprise, media must contact Maralee Csellar at or 202-994-6460 in advance to coordinate coverage. Note: Some locations will have special parking instructions and separate entrances from the school’s main entrance. 

Photo and video will be available after the event. View footage from last year’s scholarship presentations.

GW staff will visit 9 schools and will finish up at 3:30 p.m. If members of the media miss one of the above locations, please contact us to make arrangements to visit another school.

Since 1989, GW has opened the door to higher education to high school students in D.C. through the university’s Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship (SJT) Program. The GW –SJT Scholarship Program provides academically exceptional students with full-ride scholarships that cover tuition, room, board, books and fees.