Community Spotlight: Family Clothing Closet

Women Giving Back was founded in June 2007 with the goal of helping transitionally homeless women and children get on their feet with clothes to help them enter the workplace and fit in at school. They continue to serve women and children in need across Northern Virginia.

When you enter Women Giving Back you feel you just stepped into a cute boutique clothing shop. The staff and volunteers are warm and welcoming!

The space is child friendly. Kids can entertain themselves in the play area while mothers shop.

Mothers can pick up to 50 items of women’s and children’s clothing, plus shoes, accessories, and toiletries. The also have maternity clothes.

If you are in need of clothing for yourself and/or your children, contact Pathways’ staff member, Jeannette Bilgera, regarding a referral to Women Giving Back at or 703-933-8062. They are located in Sterling;  however, serve the entire Northern Virginia area. If you need assistance with transportation, let Jeannette know.


Open & Upcoming Student Scholarships

Did you know the average in-state tuition at a community college is $3,500 per year and $9,500 at a public four year university? These amounts do not even cover books, parking, housing, and meal plans. As the cost of college continues to rise, it becomes more and more important students seek out forms of financial assistance to keep their debt down!

Dual Generational Pathways is here to help by searching for scholarships and offering essay writing assistance to Pathway to the Baccalaureate students who are parents. Check out the scholarships below and if you need assistance with essay writing contact us at 703-323-2181 or


Eligibility Overview: teen parent, 25 or younger, raising or actively involved in child’s life, planning to take at least 6 credits per semester, U.S. citizen, legal resident, or DACA                                                   Deadline: Closes April 1st, 2017                                                                                 Amount: $1,200 per year at community college                                                Website:



Eligibility Overview: born outside the U.S. or both parents born outside the U.S., planning on enrolling full-time, graduating senior  or recent GED graduate from the D.C. area                                                               Deadline: Closes April 1st, 2017                                                                                 Amount: from $5,000 to $20,000                                                                                Website:



Eligibility Overview: member of NAACP, U.S. citizen, 24 or younger, financial need, full-time student, 2.5 or higher GPA                                         Deadline: Closes April 28th, 2017                                                                              Amount: Up to $2,000                                                                                                      Website:



Eligibility Overview: minority, high school senior in good standing       Deadline: Closes May 1st, 2017                                                                                   Amount: $1,000                                                                                                                     Website:



Eligibility Overview: mother with minor child, at least 17, financial need                                                                                                                         Deadline: Opens in April 2017                                                                                     Amount: Up to $5,000                                                                                           Website:

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Eligibility Overview: survivor of intimate partner abuse, has separated from abuser for at least one year but not more than seven, U.S. citizen or permanent resident, financial need, has sought services for domestic violence for at least 6 months and staff from this organization are willing to act as mentor                                                      Deadline: ongoing                                                                                                               Website:

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Stressed About Your Finances? Financial Supports/Services at NOVA

If you are a  college student and worried about your finances, you’re not alone! A national study conducted by Ohio State University found that 70% of college students were stressed about their finances.

NOVA and the Pathways programs are working to find ways to support students through financial difficulties, so they can stay in school and be successful.

Highlighted services and resources:

Tax Preparation Assistance: Haven’t filled your taxes yet? It’s  not too late to get help! NOVA is offering free tax preparation workshops through April 10th. Learn more here –

Free Financial Coaching: Financial coaching can cost $50-$250 dollars per hour. NOVA offers its students access to an Accredited Financial Counselor who holds an M.S. in Personal Financial Planning for free!  You can contact our coach, Diana Yacob, at 703-228-7488 or

Campus Food Pantries: Did you know there was a food pantry on each of NOVA’s six campuses? The pantries provide food and basic necessities to NOVA students at no cost.


Supplemental Financial Aid: Federal Financial Aid alone may not be enough to sustain some students while they pursue their college credential. If that is the case, students can  look into whether they are eligible for other financial support programs like Child Care Assistance and Supplementary Nutrition Assistance. NOVA has two specially trained staff members to assist students one-on-one with filling out Virginia’s CommonHelp application.

Pathway Students Only:                                                                                 Jeannette Bilgera or 703-933-8062                        All NOVA Students:                                                                                              Rachelle Thompson or 703-503-6240

Student Emergency Grant: NOVA’s Working Students Success Network offers an emergency grant for NOVA students facing financial emergencies that endanger their ability to stay enrolled. To learn more go to

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New Pathway Parenting-Student Emergency Grant



The PtB Parenting-Student Emergency Grant at Northern Virginia Community College operates to provide one-time financial support to Pathway student who are parents experiencing an enrollment-threatening financial emergency. Emergency funds are not intended to pay for routine education expenses and are only allocated for sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and would otherwise impact a student’s ability to remain enrolled at NOVA. Funds are not available for tuition, fees, or books. The maximum award is $500 per student. This grant is made possible by funding from the Washington Area Women’s Foundation.


  • Temporary loss of job or income
  • Homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Fire in living quarters
  • Theft of computer, books, clothing, or other essential belongings
  • Medical/dental emergency
  • Food or transportation needs
  • Loss of child care


To be eligible to apply for the PtB Parenting-Student Emergency Grant, you must:

  • Be a student in NOVA’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate program
  • Be a parent raising or actively involved in your child(ren)’s life/lives
  • Be enrolled in classes at NOVA during the semester in which the funds would apply
  • Be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress, with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Provide documentation of the emergency
  • Not have already received emergency funds during the current calendar yearEmergency Grant for Pathway Parenting StudentsEmergency Grant for Pathway Parenting Students


Emergency assistance to students not in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress will be considered on an individual, case-by-case basis.


The maximum grant administered per person may be up to $500 based upon availability of funds.


Grant payments will be disbursed through the NVCC Educational Foundation and will be paid via check directly to a third party provider. For example, if a student needs to pay a past due utility bill or electricity will be terminated, the funds would be paid directly to the electricity company on behalf of the student.


Students who receive emergency grant funds agree to actively participate in Pathway to the Baccalaureate’s Dual Generational Pathways – a special initiative for PtB students who are parents. Students will commit to attending a minimum of 3 Dual Generational Pathways events within 6 months of receiving the emergency funding, engaging in Dual Generational Pathways student leadership activities while at NOVA, and being responsive to Pathways staff emails and phone calls.


  1. Complete the online grant application –
  2. Begin actively participating in Dual Generational Pathways’ events and leadership activities. To learn about upcoming events and activities go to or contact
  3. A Dual Generational Pathways Grant Project Manager will get in touch with you regarding your application submission and what to expect next.

Emergency Grant for Pathway Parenting Students