Give to the Trachtenberg School

Your generosity

makes a difference

No matter the size of your gift, there are many ways to support the Trachtenberg School. Help individuals and organizations to do good and do it well by supporting one of our existing funds or creating your own.

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School Catalyst Fund

This fund gives the Trachtenberg School unrestricted resources to move quickly when opportunities arise and provide just what is needed exactly when it's necessary. This fund supports innovative curricular and outreach activities to support students, faculty, alumni and community success.

Erica speaks at orientations

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Dr. Kathryn E. Newcomer Scholarship for Equity and Public Service provides aid to deserving students who embody Kathy’s and the school’s values and dedication to equity and public service. It provides critical tuition relief and promotes more diversity, equity and inclusion in our public service workforce.

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Faculty Research

Researchers, practitioners and scholars contribute to the Trachtenberg School. Your support of faculty research provides faculty with access to data, research support and funds for well-regarded scholarly activities. This fund prioritizes research partnerships.

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Trachtenberg School Power and Promise

Supporting student aid ensures qualified students, regardless of financial resources, can take full advantage of all the Trachtenberg School and GW offer. In 2019, 45% of incoming Trachtenberg School students received a financial award from the school, lowering their loan burden.


Students around campus

GW Cares Student Assistance Fund 

As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold and affect daily life, many in the GW community are showing support for students by giving to this fund, which assists any Trachtenberg School graduate students facing financial hardship, including in paying for housing, food or technology expenses; and offsetting income from lost part-time jobs. Please note if you'd like your gift earmarked for TSPPPA Students, please indicate that in the comment section of the giving form.



Mary Tschirhart, Daniel Burwell, Vicki Thomas and Matt Cannella

A Living Legacy

After earning her Masters in Policy Analysis and Evaluation from the George Washington University, alumna Vicki Thomas, MPA ’83, worked for nonprofits dedicated to promoting democracy at home and abroad. She is an avid Washington Capitals and Nationals fan who spends her weekends volunteering to help homeless cats.

She was inspired by the distinguished career of her late father, Dr. John R. Thomas, a foremost expert on Russia for the State Department, who earned a Ph.D. in Sino-Soviet relations from GW in 1969. After his passing in 2017, Vicki established an endowed scholarship at GW.

The Thomas Fellowship provides a merit-based scholarship for Trachtenberg School graduate students who intend to pursue a career in Homeland Security, Emergency Management or National Defense. As a fiercely loyal donor and volunteer, Vicki’s gift has a direct influence on students.

“My passion for public service stems from my parents," said Daniel Burwell, MPP '21, the most recent recipient. "Thanks to the Thomas Fellowship, I have been able to pursue my education full time."

Thanks to donors like Vicki, the Trachtenberg School is able to provide an annual scholarship for years to come.

Learn more about endowing a scholarship or an endowed faculty professorship. Contact us for other naming opportunities.