Scholar Cohorts

Students who are part of a scholar cohort program benefit from the support of faculty and staff mentors and collaborative onboarding and academic year programming through OSS to support academic success and connection.

POSSE Scholars

GW's inaugural POSSE cohort graduated in May 2020. Our partnership with the POSSE Foundation has enrolled an accomplished group of scholars, selected for their ability as  leaders to be change agents on campus and in our community. GW is fortunate to have a full four cohorts on campus. POSSE Scholars  continue to have an impact in the classroom and beyond, engaging campus leaders and peers as they lead. The annual spring weekend PossePlus Retreat helps engage students and leaders in thoughtful discussions of issues of national importance with the goal of enhancing understanding and connection.

SJT Scholars

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (SJT) Scholars

This cohort of  D.C.’s most exceptional students are the best and brightest youth in the nation’s capital. As a community, SJT students contribute to academic scholarship, community involvement, and participate in professional development during the course of their academic program.

Cisneros Scholars

Cisneros Scholars

The university named the first cohort of Cisneros Scholars in the Fall of 2015 due to the generous support from GW alumnus Gil Cisneros ‘94 and his wife Jacki. Since then, we have welcomed the first four classes of Cisneros Scholars. In partnership with the Cisneros Institute, the university is committed to providing professional development and programming to students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership and community service, with aspirations to give back to the Hispanic community.


In addition to the scholar cohorts listed above, we also enroll other talented students in District Scholars, Chicago Scholars, Say Yes to Education, We are Welcomed Here,  Kolaghassi, Gates, Impact, Bridge 2 Rwanda, Davis and Pinckney Scholars and others.