Letters to the Editor

Less aid, more help from alumni

In response to Gabrielle Friedman’s article “Less Aid? Not GW’s fault,” the government may fall short of its financial aid promises, but the answer for those families struggling to afford a GW education comes from within the GW community. We received the news last week that GW is no longer listed as one of the top 10 most expensive schools in the country, thanks to below-average tuition increases and a fixed tuition plan. This certainly reaffirms University President Steven Knapp’s commitment to making GW more affordable, but still highlights the need for additional financial aid resources in light of tough economic times for many GW families.

A number of the financial awards these students receive are made possible by alumni who give back to our scholarship fund, the Power & Promise Fund. Established by Knapp in 2009 as the number one fundraising priority for the University, the Power & Promise Fund provides opportunities for students who otherwise would not be able to afford a top-notch college education. By offering students these opportunities, we not only facilitate their learning experiences but also enrich the entire GW community.

As a student who is a recipient of two alumni scholarships, I am grateful to those donors who have made it possible for me pursue my goals in the nation’s capital. To show my appreciation, I have made a contribution back to the Power & Promise Fund for the past two years – yes, even as a student. It is important, now more than ever, that all of us continue to give back, even modestly. Last year, alumni gifts under $100 accounted for $1 million of University fundraising efforts. I know I appreciate the support from our alumni, and I think you’ll find that many other students do as well.

Eric Thibault

-The writer is a senior and a coordinator of the Senior Class Gift Committee.

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