Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy recently announced the creation of a scholarship fund to increase access for active-duty servicemen and women, veterans, and military-connected students. By eliminating out-of-pocket costs for five military-connected students, and funding experiential learning and other community programs, the Craig Newmark Veterans Scholarship Fund will advance the McCourt School’s goal of empowering students to immediately pursue their calling as civil servants and public service leaders.
Established through a $125,000 gift to the McCourt School from Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the scholarship fund will:
- Fund up to five Craig Newmark Scholars, eliminating their out of pocket expenses for the 2021-2022 academic year
- Support military-connected students who pursue unpaid internships, by providing funding to support their living and travel expenses
- Expand the work of the Civil-Military Association, a McCourt School student organization, by providing dedicated resources for events, outreach, and other needs related to the military-connected community
Building a more inclusive McCourt School
The McCourt School is home to several dozen military-connected students, including approximately 20 active-duty U.S. Army Officers participating in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Internship program.
“Military-connected students bring a rich diversity of lived experience to our classrooms,” said Maria Cancian, dean of the McCourt School of Public Policy. “These students are a vital part of the McCourt community, and this gift supports another important step in our efforts to become a more inclusive school.”
The McCourt School aspires to become the most inclusive public policy school in the world, by educating a new generation of leaders who better reflect the diversity of our local, national. and global communities.
“Our veterans and their families are no strangers to service,” said Newmark. “I am proud to support the Craig Newmark Veterans Scholarship Fund at Georgetown’s McCourt School, which will advance opportunities for military-connected students who want to extend their service in the field of public policy, and deepen the impact they can have for the common good.”