Student Professional & Career Development Grants

Shenkman Career Services Fund

Student recipients will receive funding that can be used to help reimburse payment for professional development opportunities that might be considered cost-prohibitive. For example:

  • registration fees for professional conferences in a student’s academic area of interest
  • costs associated with specialized training opportunities, portfolio development, research, etc.


Funds are available for undergraduate and graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at GW and your primary designation must be "student" in order to be eligible to submit an application. GWSB students should contact the Fowler Career Center to apply for GWSB-specific funding.


  • Grants are awarded in the form of a reimbursement for up to a maximum of $500 spent on eligible activities.
  • You can receive the award only once during your academic career at GW. Funding is disbursed in accordance with all applicable federal and university guidelines.
  • Activities that will occur after you graduate from your degree program or professional or career development activities that have occurred prior to submitting an application are ineligible for funding.
  • If multiple students request funding to attend the same conference, we will fund a maximum of ten (10) students per conference.  Individual awards may be limited, per the discretion of the award review committee, in order to provide a more equitable distribution of funding.
  • Funding priority will be given to students who have been selected to present a project or paper at the conference for which they are applying.
  • Doctoral students who will not be presenting a project or paper at a conference are ineligible for funding.
  • Opportunities pursued to support a required research project/course (Capstone, etc.) are ineligible for funding.


If you receive an award, you will be required to:

  • provide receipts or proof of payment for the eligible activities of which you wish to be reimbursed (e.g., conference or training registration payments).
  • all receipts must have the participant's name listed (i.e. hotel reservations, registration, etc.).
  • write an evaluation statement and brief reflection. The reflection may be used in stewardship materials in the future.
  • share your availability for activities (thank you letters, information sessions, donor-recognition events, etc.) to promote the Shenkman Career Services Fund.

If your project or experience will require a security clearance, you must receive the clearance before the grant can be awarded.

You may be required to provide supplementary documentation to verify activities and costs associated with the award. Opportunities outside the United States may be considered - approval of the opportunity through GW Passport must be included with your application.

Impact on Financial Aid Packages

If you receive need-based financial aid and receive this award, your aid package may be impacted. Contact Ruth Hoch, Associate Director of Student Financial Assistance at to discuss any potential impact on your aid package. If you are a student in the Law or Medical Schools, please contact the GW Law Financial Aid Office or the SMHS Financial Aid Office for information about how the award may impact your aid package.

Tax Information

U.S. Citizens & Permanent Residents

Your award will be treated as taxable income for federal and state income tax purposes and GW will issue a Form 1099-Misc to U.S. citizens and permanent residents and a corresponding copy to the IRS. Consult with your parents or family and/or a tax advisor for federal and state income tax filing questions. For more information on tax-related issues, please contact the GW Tax Department.

International Students

Depending on your individual circumstances, GW will be required to issue either a Form 1099-Misc or Form 1042-S. Award payments may be subject to 30% direct tax withholding. Contact the GW Tax Department to determine your circumstances.  Be sure to mention the Shenkman Career Services Fund.

Submit an Application

Submit an application through the MyGW portal to be considered for an award.  Applications for the Fall 2016 semester open on August 15, 2016. All applications must be received no later than December 1, 2016, for the Fall 2016 semester. For opportunities in the Spring/ Summer 2017 semesters, please submit all applications no later than May 1, 2017. Please note the following:

  • Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis, please allow enough time for application review prior to the start of your professional development opportunity.
  • Although applications may be submitted through a certain date, the awarding of funding is determined on a rolling basis and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no guarantee that a submitted application will be granted an award.

About the Shenkman Career Services Fund

The Shenkman Career Services Fund augments and advances the goal of the university’s Career Services Enhancement Initiative to strengthen the overall career culture at GW.  Through a generous donation made by Board of Trustees member Mark R. Shenkman, M.B.A. ‘67, and his wife Rosalind, these grants will provide opportunities for GW undergraduate and graduate students to engage in career and professional development activities.

Questions about Shenkman Career Services Fund Student Grants?

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