VCCS Scholarships

VCCS scholarships are open for students to apply until midnight April 29, 2015. Students can access the online application by going directly to  OR through our website,  which offers scholarship information PLUS the link to apply.

Fellows Program Information:

A generous scholarship plus leadership activities, mentoring and more for rising second year students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Applicants who qualify for the Fellows program may be selected to participate in an interview in Richmond on May 18 or 19. (This is noted on the application.)

Potomac Health Foundation Fellows Program– $6,000 award for rising 2nd year students pursuing a degree in science, nursing or allied health who attend Germanna or Northern Va and reside in the following zip codes served by the Potomac Health Foundation: 20112, 22025, 22026, 22079, 22125, 22134, 22172, 22191, 22192, 22193, 22554, and 22556.

Valley Proteins Fellows Program: $5,000 award for rising 2nd year students pursuing any degree. Please be advised/encouraged: this program is open to students attending any of our 23 colleges. Info. attached so please spread the word!!!

For information please contact:

Anne R. McCaffrey
Director of Development & Scholarships

PAC in the News

The Alexandria Student Life Office would like to announce the winner of the 2015 We Are NOVA T-shirt Contest: Charlotte Hepler

 This design will be used on the t-shirts that will be given out during Spring Fling Week starting on April 13th.

Congratulations Charlotte Hepler!tshirtcontestwinner



Great Way to Learn How to Change the System

5 Ways to Engage Your City by Jes Howen McBride

tara.jpg=s900x1300A friend recently asked me what she could do to “engage” her city, to become familiar with the political pulse. Thanks to mass media, it’s easy to connect to popular culture, social circles, and global causes, but sometimes it’s harder to “dig where you stand” and engage in local government where you actually live. Our built environment, set in concrete and steel, evokes a false sense of permanence, but cities are changeable! And they change by people getting connected, speaking up, and telling decision-makers what they want. You don’t need to be super political or rich or influential; sometimes you just need a problem to solve.

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Arthur Mitchell, Founder, Director Dance Theater of Harlem


Arthur Mitchell is known around the world as an accomplished artistic director, astute educator, talented choreographer and extraordinary dancer. Born in New York City on March 27, 1934, he began his dance training at New York City’s High School of the Performing Arts, where he was the first male student to win the coveted Annual Dance Award.

Mitchell continued his classical training when he received a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet.  In 1955, he was the first African-American male to become a permanent member of a major ballet company when he joined the New York City Ballet.

During his 15-year career with the New York City Ballet, Mitchell rose quickly to the rank of principal dancer and electrified audiences with his performances in a broad spectrum of roles. Mitchell is best known for two roles choreographed especially for him by the late George Balanchine: the pas de deux from Agon and the lighthearted Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performing in nightclubs, on Broadway, in film, and on television, Mitchell was also a popular guest artist in the United States and abroad.

In 1966, Mitchell was asked to organize the American Negro Dance Company, which represented the United States at the first World Festival of Negro Arts in Senegal, Africa. In 1967, at the request of the US International Association, he founded the National Ballet Company of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro.

Upon learning of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, Mitchell was inspired to provide children ― especially those living in Harlem ― with the opportunity to study dance. During the summer of 1968, he began teaching classes in a remodeled garage. In 1969, with financial assistance from Mrs. Alva B. Gimbel, the Ford Foundation and his own savings, Mitchell founded Dance Theatre of Harlem with his mentor and ballet instructor Karel Shook.

As a professional dance company and a school of the allied arts, the continued expansion of Dance Theatre of Harlem into a multicultural institution has attracted thousands of professional dancers and students from around the world. Arthur Mitchell adds to the legacy every day as Dance Theatre of Harlem’s founding artistic director.

Gerald Lawson


Gerald Lawson, Inventor (1940-2011) A self-taught engineer, he is considered a pioneer in the video game world for creating the single cartridge-based gaming system. Gerald Lawson is the person to thank for that PlayStation, Wii or Xbox you are playing on today!

Although he created coin-operated games, he made his mark by leading the team that developed the Channel F Video Entertainment System (above is the System II), which changed gaming forever in one word: cartridges.

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