The George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) announced on October 16 the creation of the Colonials Helping Colonials Fund, a new fundraising initiative that will benefit student internship support as part of the university’s Making History campaign. The GWAA has set an initial fundraising goal of $100,000 for the fund.
“We’ve created this new fundraising initiative—the first ever for the GW Alumni Association—as a way of showing our support for the Making History campaign,” said GWAA President Jeremy Gosbee, BA ’98, MBA ’02, while announcing the fund at the university’s Board of Trustees meeting on October 16.
Once established, proceeds from the Colonials Helping Colonials Fund will help support the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF), which was established in 2013 by the university-wide Career Services Council with generous donations from university alumni, parents, and other supporters. KACIF provides stipends to GW students who would like to participate in unpaid internships but lack the financial means to do so.
“The board felt that the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund would be an excellent way to honor our philosophy of ‘Colonials Helping Colonials,’” said Gosbee. “It also gives us a way to set a positive example for other alumni.”
“Colonials Helping Colonials”—GW alumni, students, faculty, and staff being committed to looking out for and supporting each other—is the principle that guides the GWAA, which represents the interests of the university’s 275,000 alumni worldwide.