Opportunity Comes Knocking

For each of the past 25 years, the George Washington University has offered eight deserving and inspiring DC seniors the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to pursue higher education at no cost.

The Stephen Joel Trachentberg Scholarship program has recognized eight District students each year since 1989 with the chance to pursue four years of schooling at GW at no cost. The university’s undergraduate admissions team selects nominated students based on GPA, SAT scores, course study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities and extracurricular activities.

On a snowy morning with George and a camera crew in tow, GW President Steven Knapp surprised each hard-working senior at his or her school with the news that a college education was on us. Get to know each SJT scholar below, and watch the day unwind through social media and news articles in our Storify.

Previous Scholarship Winners