Gifts to The School of Media and Public Affairs at GW make an enduring difference and help foster a culture of philanthropy among our alumni, parents, students and friends. Your gift can transform our program, funding key areas including the recruitment of new faculty in emerging fields such as digital media, purchasing the best equipment for our production labs, and supporting our many centers and institutes, including Planet Forward, the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, The Documentary Center and others.
Your support will also help the two thirds of the undergraduates at GW who receive some form of financial aid. The George Washington University's Power & Promise Fund has been launched to meet this increased need. This University-wide fundraising effort will ensure that qualified students, regardless of their financial situations, can take full advantage of a GW education, and reduce the loan burden of our graduates, so that they can pursue their dreams of becoming the service leaders of tomorrow.
SMPA is committed to educating the next generation of communicators by providing our students with opportunities for success in the classroom and beyond. Donors to GW provide our students and faculty with the resources and experience they need to excel.
At right is donor Larry King (L), whose support of SMPA allows for multiple student scholarships per academic year that have been life-changing for selected SMPA undergraduates. At top is former SMPA Distinguished Fellow and NPR correspondent Mara Liasson speaking to an SMPA class on Rhetoric. The Distinguished Fellows program is made possible by the support of SMPA parents Bruce and Cindy Terker.
The Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Fund
The School of Media and Public Affairs has also announced a unique opportunity to support SMPA students and honor two of our legendary faculty members who retired in 2012. Alumnus Hadas Gold speaks to the importance of donations on student life in this video.
Named for Jarol Manheim, who literally wrote the book on strategic communication and led the development of the political communication major at GW, and Chris Sterling, who with his booming voice and deep research on radio brought media history to life, we have created the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Fund.
Through this fund, we will award two Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prizes each year. One will go to a promising political communication student, the other to a journalism/mass communication major. The awards will allow these students to collaborate with a faculty member, travel for research or reporting projects, or attend events to present a paper or project.
We hope you will consider this opportunity when making decisions about your philanthropy.
You may make your contribution via the form above, or you may send a check payable to The George Washington University with “SMPA” in the memo line by mail to:
GW School of Media and Public Affairs
Attention: Laura Frugé
805 21st Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20052