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Financial Aid Newsletter – Greenback (December 2016)

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Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid Greenback, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue: Manage your educational borrowing, FAFSA Filing Update, Scholarship information, Essay Tips, and more. This newsletter is designed to help students and staff members stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the world of financial aid.

The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia Scholarships

Community Foundation_2016 has a few unique scholarship opportunities available for Northern Virginia Community College students

Students may access all scholarship applications and view detailed information through our website­ managed

*Please note you may upload unofficial transcripts and unofficial test scores with you completed application.

All scholarship applications  must be submitted by

March 31, 2016 by Spm EST.


The Vance International, Inc. Scholarship

The Vance Scholarship was established by Chuck Vance, a former United States Secret Service agent and founder of a private security firm in Oakton, VA. The scholarship is for men and women who seek a career in law enforcement or private security including studies in the administration of justice.

Amount: $500-$2,000 (2 scholarships/year)

Must be a resident of Northern Virginia pursuing careers in law enforcement or security including the administration of justice. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Students may attend accredited universities as full-time or part-time students. Applicants must complete an online application and submit transcripts from all high schools attended and letters of recommendation


The Charles Homer Barton Memorial Scholarship

The Charles Homer Barton Scholarship was established for the dependent children of police officers in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Scholarship awards will be made with consideration for academic achievement and good citizenship.

Charles Homer Barton dedicated his life to keeping his community safe, first as a police officer in Fairfax County,and later as a Deputy for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office. Although Deputy Barton was a “cop’s cop” who brooked no nonsense from criminals,his colleagues describe him as “a big man with a huge heart,” who earned their respect with his fairness and compassion.

Deputy Barton was also a hero who literally gave his life to the service of others. In 1995,Deputy Barton was escorting a prisoner on an airplane that crashed, trapping the passengers in burning wreckage. Deputy Barton risked his own safety to stay aboard and help other passengers to escape. Because of his courage and selflessness, almost all of his fellow passengers survived the crash. However,Deputy Barton sustained severe injuries,and died in a hospital soon after the crash.

Amount: $2,000 {10 scholarships/year)

Criteria: Open to the legally dependent children of police officers or sheriff’s deputies who are employed by the Fairfax County, VA Police Department,the Loudoun County, VA Sheriff’s Office and the Police Departments in Leesburg, Middleburg, and Purcellville. Primary attention  will be given to children of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

The scholarship is for undergraduate education at a two or four year accredited college or university.

The scholarship selection committee  will consider both academic achievement and community service


The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia has a few unique scholarship opportunities available for Northern Virginia Community College students that have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Students may access all scholarship applications and view detailed information through our website­ managed

*Please note you may upload unofficial transcripts and unofficial test scores with you completed application.


All scholarship applications must be submitted by: March 31, 2016 by Spm EST.


Ashworth Grogan Scholarship

The Ashworth Grogan Scholarship Fund was established to benefit high school seniors residing in Northern Virginia and college students at the Northern Virginia Community College advancing their education through the pursuit of an advanced certification  or degree in the fields of education and health.

Amount: Two,non-renewable scholarships of $5,000 awarded annually

Criteria:Graduating High School seniors must have a high school transcript with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Northern Virginia Community College students must submit a high school transcript and a current NOVA transcript with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

*Applications must include a completed  FAFSAform

A brief essay regarding the applicant’s financial need, academic goals, how the scholarship will help to advance their educational goals,and what other financial aid (scholarships,loans,work study,etc.) have been awarded to the applicant.


Leslie V. Forte Scholarship

The Leslie V. Forte Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Leslie V. Forte who was the first African­ American faculty member in the English Department at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Annandale Campus. The award will be given to a minority student attending NVCC. Scholarship awards will be made with consideration for involvement in community and extracurricular activities and academic achievement at NVCC.


Criteria: Full-time students at NVCC

GPA of 2.5 or better

Demonstrated involvement in community and extra­ curricular activities

Minority  student – African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic,Pacific Islander,American Indian, Eskimo,or Aleut origin

Required essay of 250 words or more describing reasons for attending college and emphasizing future academic and career goals. Assistance in editing the essay may be obtained from the Writing Centers on each campus.

Applicants must be currently enrolled college students at Northern Virginia Community College.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents.

Complete College Planning Calendar

Going to college is one of the biggest decisions that people make. Not only is it a choice that influences everything from social circles to careers, it’s also often the largest financial investment a person will make following the purchase of a home. College requires extensive preparation: money needs to be saved, good grades earned, and schools evaluated. It’s a lot to do, but spread out over four-years of high school, it’s undoubtedly doable. The important thing is to anticipate and meet the major milestones. To that end, here are the key dates to watch out for.

Check out the Complete College Planning Calendar here.

Paying for College Workshop

Want to potentially win $100 and learn more about paying for college and managing your finances?  Then join us on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in CT230 at the Annandale Campus for the “Financial Literacy: Paying for College” workshop.  We’ll discuss ways to finance your education including grants, scholarships, work-study, student loans, and the payment plan.

During the second half of the workshop, participants will be given the chance to create a CashCourse account at and complete the “Be Credit Savvy” module to learn more about credit cards, credit scores, and credit reports.  By successfully completing the “Be Credit Savvy” module, students will be entered into NOVA’s CashCourse drawings for $100 grants and $100 bookstore gift cards.  Complete CashCourse Contest rules are on NOVA’s Financial Literacy Blog at

Questions and Answers: Financial Aid and Undocumented Students

The questions and answers that follow provide information about student financial aid for undocumented students (sometimes referred to as “Dreamers”) as well as guidance for a specific subgroup of undocumented students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We have grouped the questions and answers into three categories: General Information, Eligibility for Financial Aid, and Completing the FAFSA. See the financial-aid-and-undocumented-students.

Scholarship Application Workshop

The Woodbridge Financial & Administrative Services along with the AC&H English Department will be holding a scholarship application workshop on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm and Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in room WAS 223. Join them to learn how to locate scholarships. Writing professors will be available to guide you in writing your applications and provide feedback. Click here for more information.

Finding Local Scholarships

Looking for scholarships takes time and effort. There are thousands available and many places to look for them. They can be found at the NVCC Educational Foundation, local clubs and businesses, the State Department of Education, etc. The following article will provide a step-by-step guide on how and where to look for scholarships and the necessary process that needs to be taken to apply for the scholarships. Click here to read the article.

2015-16 Application for Participation in the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program

Established in 2007, the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG) provides an incentive for students to first complete an associate degree at a Virginia public two-year college before transferring to a participating Virginia four-year college or university as a means to reduce the overall cost towards completing a bachelor’s degree.
In addition to paying lower tuition charges for their freshman and sophomore years while attending a two-year college, students who qualify may also receive a CTG award once they transfer to the four-year institution.

Click here for more information and to apply: 2YRCollegeTransferGrantApp201516