#GWGivingDay Raises More than $1.6 Million

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#GWGivingDay Raises More than $1.6 Million


Funds raised from almost 2,500 donors will go toward student aid, university infrastructure and other areas of need.

GW raised $1,607,819 from 2,485 donors during its second annual Giving Day on April 6, surpassing its $1 million goal by more than 60 percent. Donations rolled in from alumni, students, faculty and staff, parents and friends of GW in 46 states and 15 countries.
More than 50 GW community members made matching commitments in advance to support teaching, learning and living at GW, while still more created matching challenges on the day itself. The university’s lead matching donation of $350,000 from trustee and longtime GW supporter Ave Tucker, B.B.A. ’77, met its goal by 1 p.m.

Eight GW schools and units exceeded their goals, with the GW School of Business raising the largest amount at $228,783. For the second year in a row, GW Athletics had the largest number of individual donors. More than 300 people passed through an in-person Giving Day event in Kogan Plaza featuring GW-branded prizes, flowers and snacks. A total of 384 donors are current GW students.

“We are thrilled with the turnout,” said Patty Carocci, associate vice president of alumni relations and annual giving. “It shows how enthusiastic and dedicated the GW community is about coming together to support student aid.”

Student scholarships and support under Open Doors: The Centuries Initiative for Scholarships & Fellowships received a significant percentage of support, including funds from the Tucker challenge. Other funds will go to university initiatives and areas of need for individual schools and units.

“Giving Day had an amazing debut during our bicentennial year in 2021, and this year surpassed our already high expectations,” Carocci said.

Learn more about how GW is expanding opportunity for the next generation of leaders at go.gwu.edu/opendoors





384 current students


top matching donation






largest amount raised for single unit/school (GWSB)





Opening the Door to a World-Class Education
in the Nation’s Capital

GW is committed to attracting and retaining academically talented students, and our tuition and financial aid packages are part of that commitment. While we work to offer a competitive mix of scholarships and aid, many students struggle to close the financial gap to attend GW and achieve their academic ambitions.

Take this by-the-numbers example for hypothetical George, valedictorian of his Ohio high school and an incoming Columbian College of Arts and Sciences first-year student who wants to study political science. George is not alone. Affordability is a critical factor in whether or not students choose and come to GW, and many of our students face an annual gap of $3,000 to $6,000 after factoring in family contributions, scholarships, loans and financial aid.

That’s why the university is starting its third century by prioritizing increasing access for GW students with the greatest need. The Open Doors: The Centuries Initiative for Scholarships & Fellowships aims to make the transformative power of a GW education possible for students like George.



$85,000 to $125,000

George’s family income, the typical
range for GW undergraduate students.

Contributions from
George and his Family




What George’s parents can contribute based on his Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


A gift from George’s


George’s wages from his summer job scooping ice cream


Total family contributions





Cost of attendance 2022-23

Scholarships and
financial aid from GW




University & Alumni Award
(from university funds and donors)


Federal work study job George has on campus


Federal direct subsidized loan


Federal direct unsubsidized loan


Total financial aid and scholarships



Total of family contribution, scholarships and financial aid


Outstanding need that George and his family still need to cover



Let’s open doors together