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Recognition for Excellence

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship program enables community college students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Students in any discipline may apply.

The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the remainder of the scholar’s undergraduate degree. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the individuals costs at the institution he or she attends as well as other grants or scholarships the individual may receive. Awards can be as much as $30,000 per year.

For more information, please contact Libby Sears.

Georgetown Preferred Consideration Program for Community Colleges

This program invites each participating college to recommend two or three strong candidates interested in continuing their studies at Georgetown University. These students may be non-traditional, but they should show promise of being able to compete at a demanding academic institution.

They must have compiled a strong academic record in a program similar to the kind that students undertake during their first two years at Georgetown. Since some of our programs have very specific requirements, an appropriate selection of courses during the first two years would be essential for a student to transfer easily and to achieve a degree at Georgetown. Overall, the Admissions Committee looks for students with strong academic promise who will thrive in a demanding academic environment.

For more information, please contact Libby Sears.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is the honor society for high achieving first- and second-year college students, who are in the top 20 percent of their class with a 3.6 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale. NSCS is recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. NSCS has more than 600,000 lifetime members from 245 university recognized on-campus chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Campus chapters are student-run organizations with oversight from an on-campus advisor affiliated with the university and dedicated NSCS staff members.

The NSCS Community College Program was founded in 2009 on the Northern Virginia Community College campus in Annandale, Va., and the Hillsborough Community College campus in Tampa, Fla. The NSCS Community College Program was established to create a meaningful community college experience; provide two-year students with a network of members (two-year, four-year and online), faculty and administration, and recruitment partners; offer a unique and robust package of membership benefits to high achieving two-year students; and bridge the gap between two- and four-year institutions.

NSCS is the ONLY interdisciplinary honor society that offers membership to students from both two-year AND four-year institutions. This allows two-year members to take advantage of their NSCS membership throughout the entire transition process so that they may transfer membership into the chapter on their four-year campus and be engaged in an organization on their four-year campus immediately upon transferring.

For more information, please contact the Chapter Advisor, Ghada Abdelmoumin.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that has been recognized for academic excellence since 1918. With 1,100 chapters throughout the world and 1.3 million members, it is a prestigious organization whose members comprise the top 10 percent of students enrolled in two-year colleges. ΦΘΚ members receive benefits ranging from program opportunities to more than $36 million in transfer scholarships.

The utility of membership extends beyond the academic world. Intelligent, hard-working and reliable -- these are the traits of members, and businesses look for these qualities in job applicants. Membership in serves as evidence of your achievements. If you are considering membership, the eligibility requirements state that you must have completed 12 hours of course work leading to an associate degree and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. If you meet these requirements, you may apply to enjoy the privileges of membership.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus advisor:

Alexandria - Tau Nu Chapter - Virginia Cabasa-Hess
Annandale - Alpha Beta Rho - Jo Ann Credle
Loudoun - Alpha Zeta Rho Chapter - Gert Heslin
Manassas - Alpha Iota Zeta Chapter - Rebecca Hayes
Medical Education (MEC) - Beta Nu Psi Chapter - Chris Slevin or Debra Loff-Like
Woodbridge - Alpha Delta Tau Chapter - Theana Kastens

Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society

In the Fall 2007 semester NOVA established the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Sigma Chi Eta, the National Communication Association’s society for two-year colleges. Students completing 9 credit hours in Communication Studies and/or Theater with a 3.25 and an overall GPA of 3.0 are eligible for membership. We hold an induction ceremony each spring for membership. Various events are also held throughout the year across our campuses.
Professor Nan Peck is the college faculty advisor for the society.

NOVA's Faculty Advisors to Sigma Chi Eta:

To apply to join Sigma Chi Eta, contact your faculty advisor.


The SEAL Award

NOVA's most prestigious college-wide student award, recognized annually. The NOVA SEAL Award recognizes students that best exemplify Service, Engagement, Academics, and Leadership. Students can be nominated by faculty, staff, other students. Self-nominations are also accepted with a letter of recommendation. Nominations open at the end of the fall semester, and recipients are recognized in the spring semester.

Sociedad Honoraria de la Lengua Española

La Sociedad Honoraria de la Lengua Española (SHLE) is a program of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, which was founded in 1919 by Ruth Barnes, an undergraduate junior at the University of California, Berkeley. Sigma Delta Pi is the largest world language honor society and has more than 615 chapters at four-year colleges and universities nationwide. The first chapter of SHLE, which recognizes outstanding students of Spanish at community colleges, was founded at Coastal Bend College (TX) on November 9, 2017. SHLE has since expanded to include 12 chapters nationwide. NOVA’ s chapter was the first to be founded in Virginia. 

The Mission of the SHLE is to:

  1. Recognize students in community colleges who excel in the study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.
  2. Recognize those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world.
  3. Encourage students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture.
  4. Build and advocate friendship and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech.
  5. Serve its membership in ways that will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.

The NOVA chapter of SHLE was founded on December 18, 2020. The founding active members are: Maram Baider, Dana Graham and Allen de Meneses Medeiros. The founding honorary members are: Dr. Martha Davis, Prof. Shonette Grant, Dr. Nakul Kumar, Dr. Jimmie McClellan and Dr. Dali Tan. 

We look forward to expanding our membership and welcome new members. Applicants for active membership must have a 3.0 grade point average in Spanish classes and a 3.2 cumulative grade point average. Individuals whose professional activities notably reflect the goals and ideals of this honorary society may apply or be nominated for an honorary membership. The one-time membership fee is $15. 

Please contact the SHLE advisor Dr. Martha E. Davis at mdavis@nvcc.edu for information about joining NOVA’s chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria de la Lengua Española. 

For more information about the national organization and benefits of membership, including summer scholarships to Spain, visit https://sociedadhonoraria.org/.

Outstanding Faculty Awards

outstanding faculty awards logoThe Outstanding Faculty Awards are the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

vccs logoThe purpose of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence is to recognize excellence in teaching in Virginia’s community colleges. The Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence is awarded annually to one teaching faculty member in the VCCS who distinctly represents the teaching excellence found at VCCS college(s). The award provides the recipient with a VCCS stole and $5,000. One nomination per campus will be accepted.

The Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship Program

vccs logoThe purpose of the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship is to ensure that capable people within the VCCS have opportunities to prepare themselves for top-level management and instructional positions within the VCCS.

This can be accomplished by earning two types of doctoral degrees: community college leadership/higher education degrees or discipline-based degrees. To support this goal, the Chancellor's Faculty Fellowship provides up to a one-year leave of absence, with shared financial support for doctoral study at six institutions of higher education: (1) the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia; (2) the Community College Program Area at Virginia Tech; (3) the National Center for Community College Education at George Mason University; (4) the School of Education at the College of William and Mary; (5)Virginia Commonwealth University; and 6) Old Dominion University.

In addition, faculty may apply for a VCCS Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship to attend regionally accredited universities/colleges that do not provide shared financial support.

Chancellor's Commonwealth Professors Program

vccs logoThe Chancellor's Commonwealth Professorship program was established in 1989 to recognize and support teaching excellence in the VCCS. Up to three individuals may be designated Chancellor's Commonwealth Professors each year. Each individual so designated shall retain the title for a two-year term. 

Each Chancellor's Commonwealth Professor shall receive funding for reimbursable expenses and stipends for two summers to help support the individual's self-directed project. Chancellor's Commonwealth Professors shall also receive reassigned time equivalent to two courses (normally six semester hours) each year during the regular academic year in order to pursue their self-directed projects.

Educational Foundation Outstanding Service to the College Award

alumni federation logo

Each year the NVCC Educational Foundation sponsors an award program to recognize Outstanding Employee service.

The College Awards Committee administers the process. This year there are four separate categories of recognition:

  • Full Time Teaching Faculty - maximum of three awards,
  • Classified Staff - maximum of three awards,
  • Non-Teaching Faculty (counselor, librarian, administrator, instructional technologist) - maximum of one award, and
  • Adjunct Faculty - maximum of one award.

Alumni Federation – Faculty of the Year

alumni federation logoEvery year the NOVA Alumni Federation sponsors the Faculty of the Year Award. The selection for this award is based on written essay nominations from alumni and current students. Nominees for the award must demonstrate outstanding mastery of academic discipline, and commitment to the intellectual growth and development of students. If you know of a faculty member who deserves this recognition, please complete the Faculty of the Year Nomination Form.

Presidential Sabbatical Award

nova logo The President's Sabbatical Award will allow a maximum of three faculty members, one of whom can be on a 12-month contract, to receive a semester of leave with full pay.

Professor Emeritus and President Emeritus

nova logoIn accordance with the VCCS Policy Manual, to be eligible for the rank of professor emeritus, an individual holding faculty rank (usually that of associate professor or professor) must have retired from Northern Virginia Community College after a minimum of five years full-time service to the College, a minimum of 10 years of service in the Virginia Community College System and must have made meritorious and significant contributions to the College.