Finishing Your Course: What Comes Next?

Students who have had rewarding experiences through their community engaged scholarship course this semester should consider these next steps in sharing their work and continuing their community engagement. 


Propose a Social Innovation Project for GWupstart Funds 

Go deeper with your community partner from this course and submit a proposal for fundingto implement a new initiative.Approximately $75,000 is available annually to support students’ community projects.


Submit Your Scholarly Work for a Prize or for Publication 

If your community engagement in this course resulted in scholarly work, please share it with the Nashman Center


Nashman Center Prize for Community Engaged Research: Recognizes GW student research conducted in partnership with the community can be submitted for this special prize at the annual Research Showcase in April. Prize is $300/$200.


Nashman Center Prize for Community Engagement in the Arts and Design:Recognizes GWstudents who use artistic practice to engage in community relationships aimed at justice, social change, and advocacy.Awarded at the Corcoran’s NEXT Exhibition in May. Prize is $300/$200


Julian Clement Chase Prize for Community Impact in the District of Columbia: Awardedannually to aGW undergraduate student (or small team) for projects that make a positive difference in the life of Washington, DC. The award honors projects that have ongoing impact, through partnership with community residents and a community organization. Projects may be undertaken as part of a course, a student organization, or individually. Nomination deadline in May. Prize is $1,000.


Julian Clement Chase Prize for Undergraduate Research Writing: Recognizes GW students’ exceptional research writing projects,demonstrating an in-depth engagement with the District of Columbia.Nominations due annually in May. Prize is $1,000.


Julian Clement Chase Prize for Creative Writing in Washington:Recognizes GW students’ outstanding fiction/creative nonfiction writing that includes or incorporates the District of Columbia, utilizing the city as a backdrop, or for thematic purposes, in the narrative.Nominations due annually in Fall. Prize is $1,000


Submit Scholarly Work for Publication: Several undergraduate journals, like the Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change focus on community engaged scholarship and accept papers such as project descriptions, case studies, research, and reflections.


Continue to Serve 

You may continue to serve with the same organization you worked with for your course, or identify a new opportunity to expand your experience and knowledge.  


If you'd prefer to service on a team with other GW students, the Nashman Center has several opportunities, including ArtReach, engageDC, SMARTDC, Math Matters, Jumpstart, Alternative Breaks, Community Engaged Consulting, and the Public Service Grant Commission. You could even consider joining our student staff. 


Graduating? Serve with GW and DC Public Schools through AmeriCorps 

Continue serving the DC community through the GWServes AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Benefits of AmeriCorps service include: Bi-weekly Living Allowance, End-of-Service Education Award or Cash Stipend, Student Loan Forbearance, Healthcare, Federal Non-Competitive Eligibility, Professional Development and Networking. Learn more and apply.