May 2008
Issue 68

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2008 GW Trachtenberg Scholarship recipients President Knapp and scholarship winner Natasha Dupee
2008 GW Trachtenberg Scholarship recipients President Knapp and scholarship winner Natasha Dupee.

Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools Michelle Rhee joined GW President Steven Knapp to present full scholarships to GW to nine outstanding high school seniors and to reaffirm their commitment to partner on improving D.C. Public Schools on April 4. The GW Trachtenberg Scholarship program, now in its 19th year, has provided 99 academically talented D.C. high school seniors with full, four-year scholarships, which cover tuition, room and board, books, and fees.

The university has committed more than $11.5 million to the program since 1989, and with the class of 2012 awards the total rises to more than $13 million. These scholarships, along with other grants and work-study programs, make GW the largest single post-secondary contributor of aid to students from D.C. Public Schools for the last 15 years.

This year’s recipients of the GW Trachtenberg Scholarships include: Omari Daniels, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School; Sarah Jackson, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School; Taylor Moore, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School; Mharibeth Caparas, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School; Natasha Dupee, School Without Walls; William Echbihi El Idrissi, Theodore Roosevelt High School; Veronica Torres, Theodore Roosevelt High School; Bdho Gidey, Woodrow Wilson High School; and Mariam Mohammed, Woodrow Wilson High School. These students plan to major in a variety of fields including pre-med, biology, computer science, and journalism.

GW selects students based on class rank, GPA, SAT scores, course of study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities, community service, and other extracurricular activities and achievements. The scholarships, worth more than $200,000 each, are renewed annually provided the recipients meet the university’s academic progress standards. Formerly the “GW 21st Century Scholarships,” the awards program was renamed for former President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, now GW president emeritus and University Professor of Public Service, by the GW Board of Trustees in 1998 to celebrate his 10th anniversary in office.

For more information read the GW press release and The Washington Post blog entry.
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