Each year since 2015, the AAUW Reston-Herndon Area Branch has offered an annual scholarship of $1000 for a Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) student who meets the established criteria.
All female students who reside in one of the following zip codes are eligible to apply.
- In addition, to be eligible, the student must:
- attend a NOVA campus either on a full-time or part-time basis;
- demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid);
- maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0;
- have successfully completed 12 credit hours to apply; and,
- major in a STEM field.
Strong preference is given to re-entry female students. The scholarship can potentially cover two 3 credit courses with residual monies for books.
The NVCC Educational Foundation oversees the awarding of scholarships. The Foundation has approximately $500,000 in scholarship money available from a wide source of donors on an annual basis. There is a $4000 cap per year that can be awarded to a student.
The AAUW Reston-Herndon Branch scholarship recipient is selected each year by the NVCC Scholarship Committee.
The 2019 recipient is Amanda Cadieux, a second year student at the Nova Loudoun campus majoring in Business and IT in anticipation of a career in data science and analytics. In addition, Amanda is studying programming on her own and completing an independent math review. During the spring semester, Amanda enrolled in classes in Chemistry, Calculus, Java programming and Software design. Amanda is the mother of an eleven year old boy, Jackson.
The NVCC Educational Foundation maintains an individual account for scholarship winners who then receive credits towards tuition/ books. In the case of our branch scholarship, the student utilizes the entire $1,000 during the spring (second) semester.
Each year, our branch receives an accounting of our scholarship balance from the college. Although it is anticipated that the $1000 scholarship will be utilized in full by the student, if there is residual balance, it remains as a credit for the next school year to partially fund a new scholarship awardee. Through the “pre-funding” of this scholarship for several years, full funding of our scholarship at the college was in place through the spring 2018 semester. At this time, thanks to the Pre-Funding Plan, $500 is still available to partially fund spring 2019. Fundraising profits of $500 will be forwarded to the college to fully fund the 2019 recipient’s scholarship.
It is the intention of our branch to continue to support the annual NVCC scholarship subject to our fundraising success. The branch typically raises funds through basket raffles at our “Friends Giving” Luncheon held in November, periodic theater events, and 50/50 raffles.