Founding Scholars

A Pre-Orientation Program for First-Generation College Students

Sunday, August 23 - Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Online registration will open on Thursday, May 14, 2020. 

Founding Scholars, GW’s newest pre-orientation program, welcomes incoming first-generation college students to life at GW through on-campus activities and outings in DC. Students will build community with other first-gen students, connect with faculty & staff, and learn valuable academic and campus resources. Founding Scholars has existed as a single day event in years past, and we’re excited to expand this program to a two and half day program to allow for more learning, relationship building, and fun! 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 a first-generation (FG) college student at GW 
  • Build community with their FG peers
  • Connect with faculty/staff and the District
  • Learn about valuable academic and campus resources to set them up for success while at GW.
Program Dates (times subject to change)
Early Move-in: Sunday, August 23 (after 10 AM)

Founding Scholars:  Sunday, August 23 (check-in 5 PM) - Tuesday, August 25

Program fee is $25. Fee will be added to student bill.

Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Registration opens Thursday, May 14 and will close on Friday, July 10 or when we reach capacity. A wait list will be made available should the program fill before July 10. Register online through the housing application portal at by clicking the button for pre-orientation programs. You are not fully registered until you have received an email confirmation (sent to your GW account). 

Please contact Brittany Abraham at [email protected] with any questions.