Service & Veterans' Issues

Studens paint wall for Freshman Day of Service 2011

“I 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

A Culture of Service

From tutoring in D.C. schools to advocating for the environment, George Washington volunteers are keeping step with President Knapp’s priority to expand upon the university’s renowned culture of service.

In accord with President Knapp’s long-standing tradition of fostering public service,

  • The George Washington University has established an Office of Civic Engagement and Public Service to help develop a new generation of public service leadership,
  • George Washington hosted the national kick-off for President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge to promote interfaith dialogue and understanding through college and university service activities, and 
  • Dr. and Mrs. Knapp presented the inaugural Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning, an award inspired by the deep commitment and community engagement of GW students.

On September 11, 2009, Dr. Knapp ushered in the George Washington University Freshman Day of Service. On the inaugural Freshman Day of Service, First Lady Michelle Obama issued a challenge.  If students would complete 100,000 hours of community service, she would be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2010.  In response, students, faculty, and staff performed 163,980 hours of service in nine months.  And at the 2010 Commencement on the National Mall, Mrs. Obama urged, “Keep doing what you’re doing. Just take it global.”

Read more by visiting the GW Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

Serving Those Who Served

"Veterans richly deserve the opportunities that higher education provides.  At the same time, the experience and perspective they bring to campus greatly enrich the education of their fellow students."  – Steven Knapp, President

The George Washington University is committed to providing the highest level of student and financial services to those who serve their country.  Under President Knapp’s leadership, George Washington has been named a “military friendly” institution for three consecutive school years by G.I. Jobs magazine, and a “best for vets” university by Military Times’ Edge magazine.

Dr. Knapp is a staunch advocate for George Washington’s continued commitment to support individuals with military experience through access and achievement in higher education.  Under his leadership, George Washington now has a Student Veterans Services Offices and a full-time coordinator position for veteran services and benefits. Among the many student-veterans, active duty service members, and dependents at George Washington, more than 700 are assisted by that office in their use of military benefits.

In partnership with the Yellow Ribbon Program, George Washington tuition also has been covered fully for undergraduate student-veterans since 2009.  And thanks to increases in government assistance, almost all graduate student-veterans now will be able to earn a degree tuition-free.

For more information, visit GW Student Veteran Services.