J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Award


The J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Public Service Awards have been established at GW to support and encourage young Americans who undertake voluntary public service. Recognizing that the need to earn income to support their education during the academic year and vacation periods may be an obstacle for some young people in undertaking such service, these Awards, established with a gift from the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Charitable Trust, were developed to remove such barriers.

Applicant Eligibility Criteria

  • US Citizen
  • Full-Time GW Freshman, Sophomore or Junior in good standing (Seniors are not eligible)
  • Minimum 3.4 GPA
  • Proposed internship must be unpaid
  • Proposed internship service must total 300 hours (no fewer than 30 hours per week).


Students are eligible to reapply in other years if they are still eligible; however preference will be given to worthy applicants who have not previously held the award.

Public Service Internship Eligibility

Eligible public service may include work for any private non-profit organization or any institution or agency of federal, state, or local government. The public service must be performed in the United States.

Eligible private organizations may include any that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as legitimate non-profit organizations or institutions. Such organizations may include, but are not limited to, those providing educational, health, or cultural services, those engaged in advocacy, or those providing programs toward the alleviation of social ills or environmental problems, with the exception of any program or project involving research work which may cause pain (physical or psychological) or death to animals.

The recipients must undertake this work without compensation for at least 300 hours in total, for a period of 8-10 weeks between May and September. The public service may be in Washington, D.C.. or the student's hometown.

Research Requirement

Shapiro Public Service Awardees are required to write a 3000-word (8-10 page) formal research paper addressing a topic, problem or question growing out of their internship experience. This research paper must be submitted within two weeks of the conclusion of the internship.


Awards are for $5,500 and will be applied directly to awardees' tuition accounts for the academic year following their summer of service, submission of a summer report, final verification of service from the internship supervisor, and submission of the required research paper. Awards are applied in two installments of $2,750 each.


These awards will be considered as "other merit awards" and could affect any need-based aid students may be offered for the academic year. The awards may be held concurrently with other GW merit awards. Students are responsible for consulting with the Office of Student Financial Assistance to estimate the impact, if any of a Public Service Award on their aid package.

Criteria for Selection

  • Quality of proposed internship experience (should constitute substantial, responsible contribution to the work of the internship organization).
  • Strength of connections between proposed internship experience and students' intellectual, academic service and/or professional goals.
  • Evidence of prior consistent commitment to public service
  • Academic accomplishments

Note: Selection is merit-based, though preference will be given to equally qualified candidates with clear evidence of financial need.

Application Procedures

To apply, please complete a Shapiro Traveling Fellowship application, available through CURF's InfoReady portal

A complete application consists of the following:

  1. Statements of purpose and financial need
  2. Copy of college transcript(s) (No transcripts off GWeb please - transcripts can be obtained at Colonial Central in the basement of the Marvin Center)
  3. Resume (make sure to include your current contact information)
  4. Verification from organization of intent to place applicant, including a description of service and certification of eligibility. (see directions in application form).


Applications and all supporting materials must be received by the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at the above address by 11:59pm April 13th, 2018.

Only complete applications will be reviewed by the Committee. Awards will be applied to the tuition accounts of the students for the academic year (one fall, one spring disbursement) following their summer of service and submission of their summer reports as well as receipt of verification from the organization served.