National Educators Coming Out Day!

What the purpose of the day is:

  • To encourage educators to publicly come out and be proud about supporting and working alongside undocumented students.
  • Encourage students to reach out to their educators to come out publicly and to move beyond support into action.
  • Create a national support network of educators. Shift the narrative to one that highlights that educators have a responsibility to provide resources to all of their students.
  • Encourage conversation around how support looks like for undocumented students in schools and to engage in conversations on how to increase the resources and access for undocumented immigrant students in education.

Get Involved…go to: http://unitedwedream.org/educatorsout/


PAID STEM Internships


Student benefits include…

  • A Certificate of Completion signed by  Governor McAuliffe.
  • Access to free and informative webcasts posted on the CSIIP website.
  • A convenient single-application process to reach 100+ companies across Virginia. Students don’t need to reapply each year.
  • No application deadlines
  • CSIIP applications roll over for future years, and updating your application is easier than ever
  • Students can indicate an interest in a specific organization or specific internship opportunity.
  • Opportunity for excellent hands-on experience related to their field of study.

Please direct your questions to Scott Bellows 757-766-5210(office).

For further questions regarding the CSIIP application process email CSIIP directly at csiip@spacegrant.org


NOVA GAP Scholarship

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of the  NOVA GAP Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Student must be program placed in a NOVA associate’s degree

2. Student must have completed/be completing at least 12 credits toward degree requirements

3. Student must have participated in ONE Fall 2014 GAP-sponsored workplace training module:

  • If you attended the September 30th Resume Development Workshop
  • Conflict Resolution Workshop, Nov 7th, 9-9:50am, CA 317, Annandale Campus
  • Interviewing Skills Workshop, Dec 3rd, 9-11am, AA (Bisdorf) 196, Alexandria Campus

4. Student must be in Good Standing at NOVA with no less than a 2.8 GPA overall

5. Student must provide one letter of recommendation from a NOVA faculty member

6. Student must submit an essay addressing two topics:

  • What I found most valuable in the Gap Seminars?
  • What I am currently doing and plan to do to improve my career preparedness?

7. Student must be eligible for employment within the United States

Number of Awards Offered: Three

Value of Each Award: $898

Use of Award: The scholarship may be used only for tuition, books, and supplies at NOVA, as stated in NVCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Policy.

How to Apply (must be postmarked by December 10, 2014):
1. Completed Scholarship Application
2. Essay
3. Letter of Recommendation

Mail or deliver documents in a sealed envelope to:
Stuart Bowen, Retention Counselor, Pathway to the Baccalaureate
Northern Virginia Community College
5000 Dawes Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311

Recipient Selection Process: Selection made by NOVA’s Grants Committee.

Deadline for Application: Completed Scholarship Application and any other required materials must be received by Stuart Bowen on/or postmarked by December 10, 2014.

If you have any questions about applying for this scholarship, please contact Stuart Bowen at sbowen@nvcc.edu.

Notification of Awards: Recipients will be notified by mail of the outcome of the scholarship application process in December, 2014.

NASA Funded STEM Take Flight Scholarships

The NASA-funded STEM Takes Flight $5,000 scholarship is open to students attending any community college in Virginia and majoring in STEM.

Application deadline is November 17!

Great opportunity to earn a scholarship beginning in the spring semester 2015!

VSGC wants to award students majoring in STEM who want to either transfer to a four-year institution or plan to graduate and enter the workplace. VSGC will help bridge students to next steps in higher education or employment through coaching and mentoring by VSGC staff, four-year college faculty, and by upper classmen.

Underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours this semester and plan to be full-time during the 3 semester award period.

Rudo Kashiri, Education Programs Manager,
Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Link: http://www.vsgc.odu.edu/STEMtakesFlight/CommunityCollege.html



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 JSC-NCAS@mail.nasa.gov

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