The University announced this week that GW will set aside $250,000 annually for scholarships using cash that was previously spent to engrave graduating seniors’ names on bricks around campus.
With names already etched onto most of the bricks on GW’s walkways, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning Forrest Maltzman said money will be reallocated into a scholarship fund in the name of each graduating class.
The last recipients of the two-decade-old program were students of the Class of 2013. Since 1990, names have filled bricks in University Yard, Kogan Plaza and Anniversary Park.
“Re-directing funds from the alumni brick program, along with the gifts given by seniors through the Senior Class Gift Campaign, ensures that each class leaves a legacy beyond bricks and mortar on campus – a legacy of philanthropy for future Colonials,” a statement from the University reads.
Student Association president Julia Susuni said she brought concerns up with University President Steven Knapp this week after hearing multiple complaints from seniors.
“A lot of people are pretty disappointed by it, but I also think it’s nice to know that the money is being redirected for future students,” Susuni said.
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning Forrest Maltzman said he doesn’t think the end of the program will change how alumni relate to GW.
“Although I have always liked seeing the bricks, our academic programs and student aid are always my top priorities,” Maltzman said.