Pathway 2014 VALHEN Scholarship Recipients

Jonathan Coellojonathan

Mario Colón Rivadeneira Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Northern Virginia Community College – Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program
Jonathan is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College where he is a part of the Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program. He is studying Biology while maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.7, aiming to transfer to George Mason University. Eventually he would like to attend medical school. Hoping to become the first in his family to receive a Bachelor’s degree, Jonathan does his best to balance school with work and personal time. Having a passion for working with children, he volunteers at a local neighborhood community center where he tutors students from 1st to 12th grade as well as coaching young children as a swim instructor. Having been through many hardships in life, Jonathan seeks to be a good role model for the people he comes across and tries to instill a love of school and learning in young minds. He makes sure to take full advantage of every opportunity granted to him. He is already considered a success among his family and friends and they are all very proud of him!

wilmerWilmer Medrano

VALHEN Scholarship ($500)

Northern Virginia Community College – Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program

Wilmer is a freshman at Northern Virginia Community College. His passion towards helping his community motivates him to study criminal justice. In 2013, Wilmer joined Raider Readers, a club that places high school students at Baileys Elementary school to read to the young students and build a mentoring relationship. He also joined the Hispanic Honor Society that promotes Hispanic culture through school activities. For example, he volunteered as a tutor for high school freshmen in beginner level Spanish. Since his first year in the United States he has held a job to support his family and his studies. His dedication at school, willingness to serve, and discipline at work have served him well as he joined the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Service as an Activity Facilitator. He was been actively involved with United for Social Justice (USJ), and STAR, two non-profit organizations whose missions are to enable more low-income and at-risk students to access higher education.

Scott Wright Student Essay Contest

Community College Week and NISOD are proud to announce the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest in honor of Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week (1995–2000), recipient of the 1998 Award for Excellence in Higher Education Journalism, and the reporter who brought national attention to developmental education and the unique mission community colleges possess in providing an accessible education.

Student authors are asked to describe an actual faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged him or her to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college, and describe how that encouragement helped him or her reach their goal.
• One winning student author will receive a $1,000 check.
• The faculty member, staff member, or administrator featured in the winning essay will receive a $1,000 check.
• NISOD will provide a complimentary membership to the winning student author’s college.

For complete details, visit

NASA Seeks Community College STEM Students!

The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) application is now open for the spring session!

Community college students interested in exploring a STEM career at NASA can apply today to become a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar.

Scholars learn about past, present and future Mars mission in a 5-week online session beginning January 2015. Scholars who successfully complete the web-based activities may be eligible for a 3-day workshop at NASA, where they will:

  • Work on a team project directed by NASA engineers
  • Attend briefings by NASA engineers and scientists
  • Tour NASA facilities
  • Open the door to a world of career possibilities at NASA!

Visit the NCAS website for additional details:

Please contact Maria Chambers with additional questions at

Don’t Wait! Apply Today! Applications due Dec 15, 2014.

Current Volunteer Opportunities


Central Union Mission

Dates: Monday, October 6th & Monday, October 20th

Transportation provided from the AN and AL campuses

Van leaves AN at 3:30pm; AL 4:00pm

Earn 4 hours of community service

Sign-up here:


Senior Center @ Charles Houston Center

Volunteers who have experience in music therapy, arts n crafts, drawing, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting and possibly ceramics.

Contact: Cynthia Pearce, MS,   (703) 746-5834


To sign up for above opportunities  & to see current Pathway

positions. Go to:

Track your community service efforts by filling out the form found on the blog or by going to:


TheDream.US provides a scholarship for DREAMers

dream.usTheDream.US provides scholarships of up to $25,000 to DREAMers to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation for a two-year or four-year degree at Partner Colleges in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC, and online available to students that live anywhere in the United States.

NOVA is proud to be one of these Partner Colleges. For more information, visit <>.


Pathway Student Leaders Attend NOVA’s Leadership Retreat

saltNOVA’s leadership training program held last weekend at the 4-H Camp site, involved current student leaders from all six campuses and focused on the importance of leadership. Pathway was represented by Peer Mentors and P.A.C. members.

Interested in getting involved?

Pathway has two leadership groups that are active on all six campuses, Pathway Advisory Council (PAC) and Peer Mentors.

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