The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning has been established at the George Washington University by Steven Knapp and Diane Robinson Knapp to recognize, reward, and facilitate creative public service and academic engagement. GW undergraduate or graduate students are selected to design and implement entrepreneurial service-learning projects. Fellows work with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, a faculty member and may work with other students or community partners to execute a project that makes a significant difference to the lives of others.
The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year. Selection is at the discretion of the Provost, who reviews recommendations made by a committee of faculty and representatives from the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.
Undergraduate and graduate students may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others. Awardees must work with the support and guidance of a faculty member on their research and action projects and must be enrolled at GW for the full Academic Calendar year in which the award is being given in order to qualify for the Knapp Fellowship.
Students who apply should demonstrate knowledge and innovative thinking about the issue or problem to be addressed. Once chosen, fellows work throughout the project with a faculty advisor who guides research on the issue, implementation of the proposal, ongoing reports and assessments, and a final work of scholarship.
“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference. Since arriving at George Washington three years ago, we have been struck by our students’ passion for changing the world and by the imaginative and intellectually serious way in which they harness that passion by developing concrete, innovative projects.”
–President Steven Knapp
Past Knapp Fellows
The 2016-2017 fellowship cycle was awarded to : Maranda C. Ward, a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, who won for her project, “D.C. Youth Expression: Art, Community and Identity,” and School of Media and Public Affairs master’s student Zinhle Essamuah for “The Minority Vote” a film documentary following youth voters as the go to the polls in the primary elections.
The award will recognize one or more innovative proposals each year and will provide support for their implementation. Up to $10,000 will be awarded each academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students with one more semester may apply independently or with a group of students to design and create solutions that will make a significant difference in the lives of others.
Deadlines and Dates to Remember
Open feedback session October 1st – December 8, 2017
Knapp Fellowship Information Session By Appointment
Fall 2017 Service-Learning SymposiumDecember 8, 2017
Knapp Fellowship Application DeadlineJanuary 12, 2018
Dr. Wendy Wagner is the Nashman Faculty Fellow for Academic Service-Learning at the Nashman Center. She also teaches leadership and social justice courses in the Human Services and Social Justice program. Before coming to GW, Wendy served as the Director of the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement and assistant professor of leadership and community engagement in New Century College at George Mason University. Wendy’s scholarship is related to the study of student leadership development, as well as facilitating college student learning and development through community-based learning experiences. Her most recent research is aimed at understanding the varying perspectives and motives of community-engaged faculty.