Cisneros Scholars

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In partnership with the Cisneros Institute, the university is committed to providing college scholarships to select students—named Cisneros Scholars—who enroll at GW and demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service, with aspirations to give back to the Hispanic community. Students interested in being Cisneros Scholars should demonstrate such a commitment through the content of their applications for undergraduate admission to GW.

Beyond the scholarship award, Cisneros Scholars gain access to important connections and networking opportunities to Hispanic leaders and mentors that can be built upon beyond graduation. In addition, scholars are exposed to a supportive and engaged environment to encourage involvement in university life, community outreach, leadership activities, and successful outcomes in the classroom. We will also look to scholars for mentorship and counseling assistance for the Caminos al Futuro summer program for rising high school seniors. Priority for the Cisneros scholarships will be given to students who attended the summer program.

The university will name students Cisneros Scholars for the first time in the Fall of 2015 and will welcome the first class of first-time undergraduate students during the 2016-17 academic year. Beginning with the class of 2016-17, Cisneros Scholars will learn of their selection along with their admission to George Washington University

Scholar Spotlight

Cisneros Recipients Say ‘Thank You’

Meet Abril, Victoria, Guillermo, and Isaac. They are the first GW students to benefit from the Cisneros scholarships and the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Kyanna Spaulding, GW Class of 2020

"Right now it’s especially important that we get up and have our voices heard and say we are leaders, we are Americans, we are worthy, we are smart, we can contribute, and we want to contribute. Programs like [Cisneros] really help get our voices out and educate young Latinos."