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$3.2 Million Bequest Will Fund Professorship of Accountability in Journalism

Char Beales, B.A. ’73, and GWSB Professor Howard Beales pledge largest-ever gift to School of Media and Public Affairs.


Ways to Give Back

The School of Media and Public Affairs is committed to educating the next generation of communicators by providing our students with opportunities for success in the classroom and beyond. Donors provide our students and faculty with the resources and experience they need to excel.

You can make your gift to SMPA in a number of ways:

Securely online.

By mailing your check, made out to The George Washington University and with SMPA in the memo line, to:

The George Washington University
PO Box 98131
Washington, DC 20077-9756

or by phone, calling the GW Annual Fund at 1-800-789-2611.

To learn more about ways you can give back to the School of Media and Public Affairs, please contact Matt Cannella at [email protected] or consider giving to one of the SMPA initiatives listed below.

Nana Agyemang

SMPA Career Access Network

The SMPA Career Access Network (CAN) funds student internships and enhances professional connections with support for networking events and a student-alumni mentoring program.

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Frank Sesno

SMPA Director's Fund

Gifts to SMPA make an enduring difference in the lives of students and help foster a culture of philanthropy among our alumni, parents, students and friends.

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Power and Promise Recipients

Support the SMPA Power & Promise Fund

Help us to educate the very best undergraduates regardless of their financial status. Nearly two-thirds of GW undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid from the university.

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Planet Forward Correspondents

Support Planet Forward

Planet Forward identifies, celebrates and rewards ideas to solve global environmental challenges. Using the web, video, social media, television and live events, Planet Forward leads a conversation on our planet’s future. Planet Forward is produced by the Center for Innovative Media at SMPA.

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Award-winner Zinhle Essamuah conducts interview for Manheim-Sterling project

Support the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Fund

Two SMPA students, one political communication major and one journalism and mass communication major, receive the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prize each year. The awards allow students to collaborate with a faculty member, travel for research or reporting projects, or attend events to present a paper or project. This fund honors two legendary SMPA faculty members, Jarol Manheim, who led the creation of the political communication major at GW, and Chris Sterling, who brought media history to life with his booming voice and deep research on radio.

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Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication event

Support the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

The Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication provides a forum for faculty, students and working professionals to address global and gender issues at the intersection of new media, national security, foreign policy, strategic communication and public diplomacy. The Institute is housed at SMPA and jointly administered by GW's Elliott School of International Affairs.

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Documentary Center Student

Support the Documentary Center

For 25 years, the Documentary Center has been committed to teaching documentary film production and creating films for domestic and international audiences. Gifts to the Documentary Center provide support for faculty and student research, travel, graduate student fellowships and academic enrichment at one of the top schools for documentary filmmaking and one of the few educational centers in the nation focused exclusively on non-fiction film.

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Michael Shanahan

Support the J. Michael Shanahan Journalism Internship Fund

The Shanahan Fund allows students majoring or minoring in journalism to take an internship they may not otherwise be able to afford in the summer after junior year. The experiential learning and networking opportunities from hands-on work with professionals in the field are invaluable for aspiring journalists. The Fund honors the late Professor J. Michael Shanahan (1943–2014), by supporting an area that Professor Shanahan deeply cared about—student internships.

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