Maxwell Dean’s Fund

Donors made my graduate opportunities at Maxwell a reality. I have a graduate assistantship that made it possible for me to pursue my graduate career and coursework. So donor support really hits home for me.

Brittany Utz G’17

You can directly impact our students.

Where Funds Go

The Maxwell School Dean’s Fund helps support scholarships, research, and other mission-central activities of the Maxwell School, helping to instill the core competencies and values of citizenship and public service, and making a direct impact on the success of our students.

From our experienced-based work in our Citizenship and Civic Engagement major to our hallmark MAX courses, from hands-on domestic and international research with faculty in our institutes, departments, and centers to professional experiences with organizations like the International City/County Management Association, annual gifts to Maxwell allow us to provide opportunities that challenge our undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to think differently and creatively about core problems, the range of potential solutions, and their implementation in communities around the world.

Gifts of any amount are gratefully received and act as a vote of support for the school’s vital mission.

Every gift counts. Every donor matters. Make a difference today!

The Maxwell Dean’s Fund enriches everything Maxwell does, and gifts, regardless of their size, have a remarkable impact. Here are just a few examples of the fund’s effects:

  • A $500 gift can fund a research award, recognizing a student’s outstanding academic performance, or make it possible for a student to attend a professional conference.
  • A $1,000 gift can make a crucial financial difference when a student pursues a career-launching (but unpaid) internship.
  • A gift of $5,000 can help underwrite a student-group trip for immersion in the policy-making world of Washington, help bring an enlightening speaker to campus, or fund a summer research project for a student striving toward a doctorate.

What binds these examples together is that a modest amount of money enables an activity that will likely make a pivotal difference in the course of a student’s life.

Ultimately, our goal is to ensure the next generation’s commitment to leave the city greater, better, and more beautiful than it was given to us.

David M. Van Slyke
Dean, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs