The Jeanette A. Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund


Jeanette Michael


About Jeanette A. Michael

Jeanette A. Michael was a member of the GW Board of Trustees and a founder and first president of GW’s Black Law Alumni Association (BLAA, now ABLA).  She was a passionate advocate for both breast cancer awareness and the advancement of African-American members of the legal community.

Prior to and consistent with her service as the first president of the BLAA, Ms. Michael was an active member of GW’s Black Law Student Association, calling the organization “a revolutionary group of folks whose common goals and experiences kept us connected to one another.”

In 2009, GW recognized Ms. Michael with the Spirit of Life Award at its Annual Cancer Gala. A breast cancer fighter herself, Ms. Michael inspired others as a community leader and personal example of perseverance and hope. She also received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University in 1997.

During her distinguished career, Ms. Michael was a past president of the D.C. Chapter of the National Forum on Black Public Administrators, former chief of staff to the D.C. mayor, and a former executive director of the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Board.

The GW Law community is exceptionally proud of the life, career, and advocacy of our friend and colleague. In recognition of her commitment to the GW Law community, the Law School established the Jeanette A. Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded to a student who reflects the principles evidenced by Ms. Michael’s life. More specifically, a 2L/3L with service to the BLSA community, the GW Law community, or the greater DC community, intent to pursue public interest law or involvement in the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics.

About the Scholarship Fund

The Jeanette A. Michael Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 by multiple donors from the Black Law Alumni Association, family, friends, and Jeanette A. Michael’s own bequest to the law school. 

The Fund establishes an endowment to support scholarships providing financial assistance to qualified African-American Juris Doctor degree candidates enrolled at the law school.

Endowed in 2017, the scholarship creates a lasting legacy of support by providing funds for financial aid in perpetuity.

Please join us in this effort to honor Jeanette A. Michael and her profound commitment to the advancement of African-American members of the legal community.

Ways to Contribute


Mail a Check

Please mail your check to:

The George Washington University Law School
Office of Development
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC  20052

Checks should be made payable to GW Law, with a note indicating the Jeanette Michael Memorial Scholarship.


Donate by Phone

To make a donation by phone, please call 202.994.6117.

For questions about this fund and methods of giving, please contact:

Nina Waters
[email protected]
Assistant Director, Law School Leadership and Annual Giving
Phone: 202.994.7014