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Category: General News, University News

Title: Dr. Scholl Foundation gift creates two scholarships at the McCourt School

The McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to provide new scholarship support to its veterans, active-duty servicemembers and military-connected students, thanks to a generous gift of $40,000 from the Dr. Scholl Foundation.

The Scholl Foundation gift will create two $20,000 merit scholarships covering partial tuition expenses for the academic year 2023-2024 for two military-connected students at the McCourt School. Scholarship recipients will be awarded in the spring of 2023.

“The McCourt School is deeply grateful to the Dr. Scholl Foundation for their support of active-duty servicemembers, veterans and military-connected students in our community,” said McCourt School Dean Maria Cancian. “We are honored to contribute to their mission of improving our world through innovation, hard work and compassion — values we share here at McCourt.”

“The McCourt School and the Dr. Scholl Foundation share a mission to improve our world,” said the Chairman & President of the Dr. Scholl Foundation, Pamela Scholl. “We are proud to support veteran students and future policy leaders as they too embark upon that mission.”

A growing veteran community, and a commitment to inclusion

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. These students are part of a growing population of nearly 1,400 military-connected students across all of Georgetown’s campuses.

Breaking down financial barriers to a McCourt education for veteran students — and all students who contribute to a diversity of lived experiences, including unique racial, ethnic, economic and geographic backgrounds — is an integral part of the School’s strategy to build the most inclusive public policy school in the country

“Georgetown’s McCourt School provides a great pipeline into public policy and public service,” said Dan Mahaffee (COL’09, G’15), Dr. Scholl Foundation board member and senior vice president & director of policy at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. “We are proud to support Dean Cancian’s aspiration to draw across society to build leaders from all backgrounds and experiences.”

This gift builds on renewed financial support for active-duty servicemembers, veterans and military-connected students from Craig Newmark and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, whose Newmark Scholars program at the McCourt School eliminates out-of-pocket costs for nine students, and funds programming for students interested in national defense policy.

About the Dr. Scholl Foundation

The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by Dr. William M. Scholl, in 1947. The Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world, and holds that solutions to society’s most pressing challenges lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion. 

The Scholl Foundation has continued Dr. Scholl’s generosity by contributing over $312 million since 1980 to organizations that help people help themselves, particularly in the area of education.