Cisneros Scholars

Cisneros Scholars

In partnership with the Cisneros Institute, the university is committed to providing professional development and programming 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 in their applications for undergraduate admission to GW.

As Cisneros Scholars, students gain access to important connections and networking opportunities with Hispanic leaders and mentors that can be built upon beyond graduation. In addition, scholars are welcomed into a supportive and dynamic community that fosters engagement in university life, community outreach, leadership activities, and success 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 distinction as a Cisneros Scholar will be given to students who completed the summer program.

The university named the first cohort of Cisneros Scholars in the Fall of 2015. Since then, we have welcomed the first four classes of Cisneros Scholars. Prospective Scholars are invited to apply for consideration in our program when they apply for undergraduate 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."