Student Organization Recognition & Grants

Chernak Opportunity Fund

Thanks to the generous donations from alumni, parents, and friends, the Dr. Robert A. Chernak Opportunity Fund for Student Engagement will support the diverse efforts and interests of student organizations to pursue and create opportunities that come their way, much as Dr. Chernak did over the course of his tenure at the university.  Chernak Opportunity Fund awards are available up to $300 per program or project, with each student organization eligible to receive one grant per calendar year. 

Learn more about the Chernak Opportunity Fund or apply here


Alumni Association Grant

Grants are available up to $2500 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to support programs that connect students and student organizations with GW alumni.  The GW Alumni Association has informally extended the fall #1 application deadline (which had been August 11) on a case-by-case basis to help support student organization events during Colonials Weekend.  See the additional details and application.


Center for Student Engagement Student Organization Spotlight Award

The Spotlight Award is designed to recognize student organizations that:

  • Foster programs and services that support the mission and values of GW and their organization;
  • Complete work that enhances the prestige and brand of GW and the CSE;
  • Work collaboratively on projects with other organizations or departments;
  • Overcome challenges or struggles within their organizations with grace; and/or
  • Create far-reaching and outstanding events.

The winner is determined through a vote among all student organization advisors. Each monthly winner receives $150, to be deposited in their revenue account by the Center for Student Engagement. An annual winner will be named from the pool of monthly award recipients and receive $300.

Nominate an Organization for the Spotlight Award

2017-2018 Winners

September - Theta Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.

2016-2017 Winners

September - Afghan Student Association
October - African Students Association
November - GW Women in STEM
December/January - GW Young America's Foundation
February - She's the First at The George Washington University
March - Sikh Student Association
April - Student Association for Graduate Economists

Overall 2016-2017 Spotlight Award Winner: African Students Association