The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation highlighted a vast array of impactful work from students and faculty at the organization’s 40th annual dinner, held Nov. 13 at the Marriott Fairview Park.
More than 460 community leaders attended the event – with the theme “Strong Roots, Bright Future” – while student-ambassadors from a variety of disciplines shared their personal stories with donors and guests, and a live appeal raised more than $30,000 to fund scholarships and student assistance.
Gov. Northam was on hand to salute retiring Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, an alumna of the college, as one of this year’s honorees. She noted that, “really, it has been NOVA that has prepared me for what I’ve done working for Fairfax County. I was eager to work; I was eager to realize my full potential. I am a proud alumna.”
The event was emceed by former Virginia Secretary of Education Jim Dyke and NOVA Educational Foundation board chair Ellen Dyke, who spotlighted the college’s continuing public and private partnerships.
Several awards were presented during the evening:
• Northrop Grumman was honored as Distinguished Corporate Partner for 2019, an award presented by state Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax).
Northrop Grumman was one of the founding partner companies to help launch the “Advance” program at the college, which supports students transferring to George Mason University to complete their undergraduate degrees.
• The George Washington University (GWU) was saluted as Distinguished Academic Partner, with the award presented by Russ Ramsey.
GWU’s Health Careers Opportunity Program has partnered with Northern Virginia Community College to offer eligible students scholarships to study at GWU’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
“Public-private partnerships are integral to tackling complex problems in our community, such as health equity, and GW is proud to have strong partners who are also passionate about this work, such as Northern Virginia Community College,” said Dr. Reamer Bushardt of GWU.