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NOVA wins Platinum STAR Award from The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

First two-year college to receive top honor

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) chapter at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) has been awarded the Platinum STAR Award. NOVA is the first community college in the nation to receive the distinction. Platinum designation, the Society’s top honor for recognizing continuous excellence, is based on a variety of factors, including chapter management and participation in NSCS activities. 

“I want to recognize all the students, advisors and supporters who helped our college achieve this important honor from The National Society of College Scholars,” said Dr. Robert G. Templin Jr., NOVA’s president. “They have my sincere thanks for their hard work and dedication. I am especially impressed that Northern Virginia is the first community college in the entire country to reach this level—a truly impressive feat.”

NOVA’s NSCS chapter has more than 1,600 student members and has participated in the following events during the past academic year:  

  • Tutored middle and high school students from Fairfax County Public Schools as part of the  AVID Program (Advancement via Individual Determination)
  • Participated in a college-wide school supply drive for students in Afghanistan coordinated through the Ayenda Foundation
  • Participated in the USO letter writing campaign for troops
  • Hosted a food and supply drive for the Prince William County ACTS food pantry
  • Conducted a transfer writing workshop to help students with their transfer college application essays 

“The Northern Virginia Community College chapter is a national example of excellence and we are extremely pleased to recognize it at the highest level our organization can bestow,” said Dr. Brian K. Johnson, vice president of the NSCS Community College Division. “NSCS exists to recognize high achievers based on scholarship, leadership and service. The NOVA chapter has shown itself to be comprised of such values both among individual members and collectively.” 

The NOVA chapter was under the student leadership of President Michael Schindler and Vice President of Campus Events Wendy Gazzelli during the last academic year. Jill Mitchell, an assistant accounting professor at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, served as the chapter’s advisor.

The chapter’s Platinum Award will be celebrated at its next induction ceremony for new members. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center on NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA.

More information about the chapter can be found at: www.facebook.com/nscs.nova

MEDIA CONTACTS: Adam Shapiro (NSCS) | 202-427-3603 | Adam.Shapiro@adampr.tv
                             Jessica Baxter (NOVA) |703-323-3288 | jbaxter@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 the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.