Cokie and Steve Roberts SMPA Student Support Fund

Named in honor of groundbreaking broadcast journalist, the late Cokie Roberts, and her husband, Steve Roberts, the J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, the Cokie and Steve Roberts SMPA Student Support Fund will provide support for School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) undergraduate students as they pursue their education at GW. 

The purpose of this fund is to support students facing financial hardship, including unmet need and financial emergencies. In the spirit of Cokie and Steve, the fund will support as many students as possible each semester and students with the greatest need will be given priority. Cokie and Steve Roberts SMPA Student Support Fund awards typically range up to $7,500.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis to ensure urgent needs are met.

What can be funded?

The fund can be used to support students who meet the following criteria: 

  • Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking full-time or part-time undergraduate SMPA student at the George Washington University and; 
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship.


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Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


"I can show you my life, tell you my struggles, calculate my expenses, and express to you how much time I spend concerned about how I am going to make ends meet. But, I could never express in words the feeling you gave me through the relief of the Cokie Roberts Tuition Relief Fund.”

Political Communication Student '23