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NOVA announces 2013 honors scholarship winners

Nineteen high school students from across the region have accepted honors scholarships awarded by Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). The scholarships were awarded to local high school students and cover the cost of in-state tuition, books, supplies and travel abroad for two years of study. This is the first time the College is offering such scholarships to incoming students.

The scholarship covers the cost of the student earning one degree at the College. Scholarship winners are enrolled in NOVA’s Honors Program, an enriched path of study for highly-motivated students. Honors courses include rigorous academics, enrichment activities, opportunities for leadership and in-depth research. Class sizes in the program are smaller, giving students the opportunity to deeply explore topics and to work with professors more closely.

“We are very excited about this remarkable opportunity to provide highly-motivated and talented high school students with full tuition at NOVA,” said NOVA Honors Coordinator Stacy Rice. “This year’s 19 winners are competitive candidates, worthy of admission at any four-year institution of their choice, so we are thrilled and honored that they will be taking their first academic steps at NOVA.”

During their time at NOVA, the students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.2, attend classes full-time, become a leader in a student organization and represent the College’s Honors Program as an ambassador to their high schools.

“We look forward to celebrating these scholars’ progress at NOVA and are confident that they will excel academically,” Rice said. “They will serve as strong student leaders and ambassadors for NOVA and their former high schools and contribute their unique talents to the College community.”

This year’s scholarship recipients include:

Jason Lee Fairfax High School         
Allan Edzii Potomac Falls High School       
Jennifer Conner Centreville High School
Tenequa Howard Chantilly High School
Marjan Ali Heritage High School
Vanessa Parks James Madison High School           
Francisco Escobar Loudoun County High School   
Nu – Jessica Nguyen Robinson High School          
Presley Gibson Stone Bridge High School   

Glancy Rosales T.C. Williams High School
Bradlee Rogers South County High School            
Ana Quinteros-Gomez Woodbridge High School   
Ianna Alhambra Freedom High School       
Maria Vera-Alvarez Freedom High School 
Luis Paz-Perez Lake Braddock High School           
Michael Matthews Potomac Falls High School       
Cara Capitan Tuscarora High School          
Christine Oh Westfield High School           
Huyen / Helena Nguyen Centreville High School  

After finishing their studies at NOVA, the scholarship winners plan on transferring to four-year colleges including George Mason University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, Christopher Newport University, James Madison University and Arizona State University.

Media Contact: Corey Byers | 703.425.5847 | CByers@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.