“Our hope is that this award will help students make a difference. Since arriving at George Washington, 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.” — Former GW President, Steven Knapp
The Steven and Diane Robinson Knapp Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Service-Learning has been established at the George Washington University to support student projects that make a significant difference to the lives of others. Working with a faculty advisor and partners in the community, Knapp Fellows address social issues in their community context, through a combination of scholarship and action. Knapp Fellows receive up to $10,000 to connect scholarly research a social issue with the implementation of an entrepreneurial community based project.
The Knapp Fellowship supports students in any discipline. Previous Knapp Fellows have implemented projects related to: school support for students who are immigrants, telling the stories of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), addressing food waste and food insecurity in DC public schools, youth development through the arts, supporting survivors of sexual assault, and voter participation in under-represented populations. The students’ scholarly work has included research papers, presentations, and even a documentary film.
GW undergraduate and graduate students, working individually or in teams, are encouraged to apply.
Step 1: Contact Rachel Talbert for an initial advising meeting (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Step 2: Submit proposal by May 24th, 2019
Step 3: Finalists are contacted and prepare presentations to a review panel
Step 4: Selected Knapp Fellows implement their scholarly work and community project in the 2019/2020 academic year.
To learn more about current and previous Knapp Fellows and the application process click here.
You can also learn more from the current Knapp Fellows and their faculty advisors at the upcoming Symposium for Community Engaged Scholarship, Friday, April 26th at 2:30pm.