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The Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning
$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:
- A sports empowerment program for young women in Uganda
- Fundraising and programming to send low-income DC students to the World Cup in South Africa around HIV/AIDS education
- A summer program that brings disadvantaged students to Washington, DC for civic leadership education and the opportunity to meet with government leaders.
Visit www.gwknappfellowship.wordpress.com for information on how to apply. The deadline to submit a pitch for feedback is November 21, 2012. Proposals are due January 22, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!
Last Year's Winners
Manmeet Poonam Sandhu and Reshma Arrington, Waste Diversion in DC
Shafinaz Momen and Amir Abdallah, The Financial Literacy Program
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!
- "A Cafe for the Community" GW Today, April 27, 2011
- "GW students win $10,000 award for campus food co-op in downtown Washington, DC!" COFED Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, April 29, 2011
- "Co-op cafe aims to unite a community" The GW Hatchet, May 9, 2011
- "In Poor Economy, College Student Entrepreneurship is On the Rise" Newsleader, November 13, 2011