Founding Scholars

Founding Scholars, GW’s newest pre-orientation program, welcomes incoming first-generation (first-gen) college students to life at GW through activities on-campus and outings in D.C. Students will build community with other first-gen students, connect with faculty & staff, and learn valuable academic and campus resources.

Founding Scholars will no longer occur before orientation, but will still take place in some form during orientation or throughout the first semester. As plans develop, more information and details about these co-curricular experiences will be shared.

Three students highlighted walking through Kogan Plaza.


"I really enjoyed being able to hear my small group’s really helped me to feel reassured as to why I am here and why we are here as first-generation students."

2019 Participant

Program Benefits

By addressing the unique characteristics of this population, the goal of Founding Scholars is to reduce barriers between first-gen students and continuing generation peers thereby catapulting students to a successful start to their college experience.

Founding Scholars participants will:

  • Explore what it means to be first-gen at GW;
  • Build community with their first-gen peers;
  • Connect with faculty/staff and the District; and
  • Learn about valuable academic and campus resources to set them up for success while at GW.



of students agreed that they can apply their strengths as a first-generation student after Founding Scholars


incoming students participanted in 2019, the first year of Founding Scholars


Participant fees will be announced this summer. Program fee waivers may be available for individuals who express financial need.


Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will be opening soon! A waitlist will be made available should the program fill.

Program Dates

As plans develop, more information and details will be shared. 


The schedule will be available later this summer - check back soon!

Additional Information

Communication: More information and updates will be provided via your GW email throughout the summer and fall semester.

Small groups: Participants will be assigned to a small group led by two returning GW students.

What to bring: Yourself and a positive attitude! No special equipment or materials are required for this program; however, we'll send a few suggestions closer to move-in.


If you have any additional questions, please contact Denise Remedios, Program Coordinator for Leadership.