Service & Veterans' Issues

Studens paint wall for Freshman Day of Service 2011

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.

President Knapp launched the George Washington University Freshman Day of Service. On the inaugural Freshman Day of Service in 2009, 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

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 by G.I. Jobs magazine, and a “best for vets” university by Military Times’ Edge magazine.

Dr. Knapp is a staunch advocate for GW’s continued commitment to support individuals with military experience through access and achievement in higher education.  Under his leadership, the university has a Student Veterans Services Office and a full-time coordinator position for veteran services and benefits. The office assists more than 700 student-veterans, active duty service members, and dependents at GW with military benefits.

In partnership with the Yellow Ribbon Program, GW 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.