Beginning in 2015, the AAUW Reston-Herndon Area Branch established an annual $1000 scholarship 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 the Loudoun 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 2017-18 recipient is Brittany Whitfield, a second year student majoring in Computer Science at the Loudoun Campus.
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 may utilize $500 increments for the upcoming fall and spring semester unless the student chooses to use the total monies in a single semester.
Each year, our branch receives an accounting of our scholarship balance from the college. Although it is anticipated that the $1000 will be utilized in full by the student, if there is residual balance, it will remain as a credit for the next school year to partially fund a new scholarship winner. Funding is in place at the college through the 2018 and $500 toward 2019. 2017-18 fundraising profits will be forwarded to the college in the fall of 2018 for the next recipient’s use.
It is the intention of our branch to continue to support the annual NVCC scholarship subject to our fundraising success. We typically raise funds through basket raffles at our holiday luncheon held in November, periodic theater events and 50/50 raffles.