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New AFCOM DCO Scholarship

Potomac AFCOM Offers New Scholarship Opportunity for NOVA’s Data Center Operations Program

The Potomac chapter of AFCOM (Association for Computer Operations Management) in conjunction with the NOVA Foundation is pleased to announce the Wendy Darling Scholarship, a fund of $10,000 honoring Potomac Chapter Board Member, Stuart Dyer’s mother, who passed away in October 2020.

“AFCOM’s mission is to provide educational advancement opportunities to its members, and we extend that mission to up-and-coming experts in this community by supporting their academic growth,” said Stuart Dyer, Global Data Center Strategy and Planning at IBM, and AFCOM Potomac Chapter director of scholarships & internships. “Losing my mother to this terrible pandemic, at the young age of 60, was an enormous and tragic loss. My mother always put my education first, and it was extremely important to her that I finished college. To be able to establish an AFCOM Scholarship in her honor is something that would make her proud, and I am honored that the AFCOM Board has made this gesture of kindness.”

NOVA’s Data Center Operations program develops students for entry-level positions in the fast-growing data center industry. This curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment in data centers or companies that support data center function as a technician, operator and/or technologist.

“I’m excited to be a part of this innovative program. As a teacher and as someone in the industry, this is a win-win for everyone involved. There is so much potential at NOVA. I’m looking forward to helping students get excited about the data center industry,” said TJ Ciccone, NOVA Adjunct Faculty and Vice President, STACK Infrastracture.

Wendy Darling Scholarships will provide a pathway that eliminates the cost for entering this program.

“We are proud of and grateful for our ongoing partnership with Potomac AFCOM. The Wendy Darling scholarship award is an investment of $10,000, which will provide $500 to each new student in our first class of data center operations program. Organizations like Potomac AFCOM are leading the way for NOVA students to achieve their educational and professional dreams in a high demand field,” said Kelly Persons, executive director of the NOVA Foundation.

AFCOM Potomac supports the states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia for individuals (members and non-members) who wish to learn about, participate in and network with the local data center community. AFCOM supports the advancement of data center and IT infrastructure professionals around the world by delivering comprehensive, vendor-neutral education and peer-to-peer networking to its members.

Learn more about the Wendy Darling scholarship by visiting:

The NOVA Foundation is governed by a board of directors whose members come from both the public and private sectors in Northern Virginia and may hold their positions for up to three years. For additional information about the NOVA Foundation, visit For press inquiries, contact Hoang Nguyen, public information officer, at


Scholarships for DCO Students

Two fantastic scholarship opportunities for Northern Virginia Community College students enrolled in the Data Center Operations Technology program. Students will be able to apply through Feb 14th.

Potomac AFCOM Datacenter Scholarship

The Potomac Chapter of AFCOM (Association For Computer Operations Management) has established scholarships for NOVA students enrolled in the Engineering Technology: Data Center Operations Specialization, A.A.S. Program.  Two scholarships of $2,000 each are being offered to cover tuition and associated fees. Additional eligibility criteria include: financial need, academic standing, and have Manassas or Loudoun listed as a primary campus. In addition to completing the general application, students will need to answer the following prompt: Why do you want to work In the Datacenter Business?”

CoreSite Datacenter Scholarships

Our friends at CoreSite and their partners have established a fund to support 15 – $1,000 scholarships for students enrolled in NOVA’s DCO Program.  The scholarship may be used for tuition and books.  Additional eligibility criteria includes:  financial need and academic standing.  The scholarship is open to both full- and part-time students who are enrolled in the Data Center Operations Specialization on the Loudoun and Manassas Campuses.

To apply, visit NOVA’s Scholarship site

Filing deadline is February 14, 2020

VT-NETS Scholarship Deadline Extended!

Apply for a scholarship to Virginia Tech!

The VT-NETS Scholarship deadline has been extended until July 15, 2018.

The VT-NETS program starts when students enroll in Northern Virginia Community College’s (or Virginia Western Community College’s) engineering curriculum, where they will have access to up to a full scholarship (four semesters maximum) upon acceptance into the VT-NETS program.

Students will have access to faculty mentoring, gain support from a cohort of their peers, attend professional development and research seminars, and visit the Virginia Tech campus. Students will build bonds with Virginia Tech faculty and staff as they visit open houses, preview weekends, and attend events during their first two years while enrolled in community college.

Students will be aided in the transfer process and awarded a scholarship of up to $10,000/year (two years maximum) upon acceptance into the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.