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NOVA Foundation Announce Major Gift to NOVA COVID-19 Fund

Emergency Student Aid Fund benefits from gifts, grants, from the Singh Family and ECMC Foundation

ANNANDALE, VA, April 28, 2020:  The NOVA Educational Foundation (NOVA Foundation) is proud to announce a gift of $55,000 to the NOVA COVID-19 Emergency Student Aid Fund (‘the Fund’) from the ECMC Foundation and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia through the efforts of Mr. K. Paul Singh, CEO of Rezon8 Capital & Advisory Group. Mr. Singh was made aware of the NOVA Fund by his daughter, Anjuli M. Singh, an adjunct faculty member at NOVA’s Loudoun campus and an executive at Rezon8 Capital.  The gift comprises both a grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia as well as a direct gift from the ECMC Foundation. 

The NOVA Foundation launched its COVID-19 Emergency Student Aid Fund in mid-March to facilitate the rapid delivery of emergency grants to students who need it most.  Its aim is to meet students’ basic needs to help them stay in school to complete the semester and continue progress toward their degrees. The goal is to raise $750,000 to provide at least 1,500 grants at $500 each. The NOVA Foundation will match up to $250,000. Thus far, the College has distributed more than $600,000 in grants.

Based in Los Angeles, ECMC Foundation is a national foundation working to improve postsecondary outcomes for students from underserved backgrounds. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis, which together work to help students succeed. Mr. Singh serves as a member of its Board of Directors after a highly successful career as an entrepreneur who created and led three global businesses. Over the course of his 30-year career, Mr. Singh has also been active in numerous philanthropic activities that focused on helping underserved high school students to pursue their college educational goals through mentoring and scholarships. 

“Paul and Anjuli Singh represent the best of NOVA – ‘family helping family’ – to ensure our students persist against every challenge to succeed at NOVA,” said Dr. Anne Kress, President, Northern Virginia Community College. “I am grateful that our extended network is committed to helping our most financially vulnerable students during this unprecedented time.”

“Together with the ECMC Foundation and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, I am happy to help NOVA students survive during this pandemic to ultimately achieve their dreams,” said Paul Singh. “I am proud to join my daughter and the NOVA Foundation in investing in the future of such inspiring students.”

“Having received more than 2,000 applications for emergency aid within the first week, we know our students need help to meet the very basic needs of food, shelter and access to technology to stay in school,” said Kelly Persons, Executive Director, NOVA Foundation. “This generous gift allows us to help our most vulnerable students.”

About the NOVA Foundation

Founded in 1979, the NOVA Foundation is dedicated to supporting Northern Virginia Community College’s (NVCC) goal of providing all students with a high-quality, life-changing education. The NOVA Foundation, through its donors, funds more than 300 scholarships, emergency aid grants and a range of academic programs and student services throughout the College's six campuses and NOVA Online.  By connecting donors to NOVA programs, the Foundation raises funds, increases visibility and strengthens partnerships among the College, individual donors, businesses and state and local communities. Additional information about the NOVA Foundation can be found at: https://giving.nvcc.edu.

About the ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting www.ecmcfoundation.org and ECMC Group by visiting www.ecmcgroup.org

About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The community Foundation for Northern Virginia grows philanthropy to respond to critical need, seed innovation and lead and convene the community. Comprised of donor advised funds, permanent funds, giving circles, and other charitable endowments, the Community Foundation connects donors to community and promotes a more equitable and inclusive prosperity that marries our economic strength with the full breadth of our diverse community. In 2019 the Community Foundation awarded more than $5.4 million in grants and scholarships and reported more than $72 million in managed philanthropic assets. For more information please visit us at www.cfnova.org.

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Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.