NOVA Foundation to Hold First Annual Giving Day to Help Every Student Succeed

April 15, 2022

Annandale, Va. – The NOVA Educational Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) – will hold its first annual Giving Day event on Thursday, April 21. This inaugural 24-hour virtual fundraiser will raise funds in support of NOVA student achievement, which will be awarded as scholarships and grants that can help students pay for books, meals and more.

NOVA, a globally renowned institution where the student body represents the diversity of the region, continues to support all students by providing wraparound services through its educational foundation. The entire NOVA community is invited to participate in the event, including supporters, companies and local organizations, community members, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends.

“Now more than ever, investing in a NOVA student is investing in our community,” said Anne M. Kress, president of NOVA. “This support eliminates barriers for our students so they can achieve their dreams of college degrees and financially rewarding careers. We are so proud of how our NOVA Nighthawks have weathered unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. Their strength and resilience has been remarkable: they have succeeded in their courses and stayed on track to graduation, university transfer, and meaningful employment. Your gift on April 21 will change lives and power a brighter future for our students, their families, and our region.”

Over the last month, the NOVA Foundation hosted community pop-up events on each of NOVA’s six campuses to raise awareness among communities that hold NOVA dear. The events gave students, faculty, staff and returning NOVA alumni a chance to come together and celebrate NOVA’s dedicated and talented students. Ahead of NOVA’s first Giving Day, attendees were asked “What does NOVA mean to you?”. Watch the video below to see some of their inspiring, heartwarming responses.  

“Join us as we unite as #oneNOVA through Giving Day. Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference,” said Kelly Persons, executive director of the NOVA Foundation. “The more you help share the news about NOVA’s Giving Day through social media, the more opportunities we have to combine individual gifts with hundreds of others to ensure student success.”

The NOVA Foundation is grateful for the community champions who have continually supported NOVA’s students. Over the years, this generosity has provided resources so that a quality education and skills training continue to be available to all, transforming the lives of our students, their families and the region.

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