The Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning

Knapp Fellowship winner
$10,000 Available To Bring Creative Concepts into Practice

The  Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning originated in a 2010  endowment that makes it possible for exceptional GW students to bring creative concepts into practice that align with their respective academic goals.  


The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year.

Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Awardees must work with the support and guidance of a faculty member on their research and action projects.

Students who apply should demonstrate knowledge and innovative thinking about the issue or problem to be addressed.  Selection is at the discretion of the Provost, who reviews recommendations made by a committee of faculty and representatives from the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

Once chosen, fellows work throughout the project with a faculty advisor who guides research on the issue, implementation of the proposal, ongoing reports and assessments, and a final work of scholarship.


“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference.   Since arriving at George Washington three years ago, 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.” -President Steven Knapp

The award is a catalyst for new ideas and a way for students to turn their education into action. GW students have a strong track record for turning their ideas into action. Examples include:


Visit for information on how to apply.

The Knapp Fellowship makes it possible to recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and help provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 is awarded each academic year. Learn more on:

  • November 8 , Marvin Center 526 - 20 minute sessions will happen throughout the day from 10am- 4pm
  • November 11, Marvin Center 526 -20 minute sessions will happen throughout the day from 10am- 4pm

Applicants are highly encouraged to submit an initial project pitch to gain feedback on how to strengthen your project and subsequent application during our feedback sessions from October 14th to December 3rd. Please contact Maurice Smith and Katie Monsky at to set up an appointment to pitch your project.

Proposals are due January 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Last Year's Winners

Manmeet Poonam Sandhu and Reshma Arrington received $7,500 for Waste Diversion in DC

Shafinaz Momen and Amir Abdallah received $2,500 for The Financial Literacy Program

Previous Winners

In 2010-2011, Melissa Eddison (Class of 2012) received the inaugural fellowship award for the GW Student Food Co-Op.  Visit the project's blog!

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