The George Washington University March 31 awarded 10 academically talented D.C. Public High School seniors with the annual Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship -- a full, four-year scholarship worth over $180,000. Students were presented with the scholarship awards March 31 in surprise announcements at each of their respective high schools. One of the awardees is Mei-wah Lee of Eastern High School. Miss Lee was born in the United States. Her parents immigrated to the United States from China some twenty years ago.
Said GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. "Our goal is to lead, both in higher education and
in building a better future for this community. Investing in these young people is one of the best
ways to accomplish this."
GW selects students based on their class rank, GPA, SAT score, course of study, teacher recommendations, leadership qualities, community service and other extracurricular activities and achievements. The scholarships are renewed annually provided the recipients meet the University's academic progress standards.
The program, now in its 15th year, has provided 71 academically talented D.C. Public High School seniors with full, four-year scholarships covering tuition, room and board, books and fees. The scholarships, along with other grants and work-study programs, make GW the largest single post-secondary contributor of aid to D.C. Public Schools for the last 11 years. GW?s total commitment since the inception of the program is approximately $9.5 million.