Empower Bright Futures

Empower Bright Futures

“Our college provides a culture of care that balances empathy and evidence in our work. We promise our students a pathway to economic and social mobility and we deliver on that promise.”

Dr. Anne Kress, NOVA President

“What a wonderful event last night. I was especially moved by the “We are NOVA” video. Really beautifully done.”

Melody Neil, Senior Director of Business Operations and Government Affairs, Digital Realty

Event Recap

More than 200 virtual guests along with 20 engaged NOVA Foundation Student Ambassadors joined us on November 12th to Empower Bright Futures!

Thanks to our generous supporters, $155,000 was raised for NOVA student scholarships and emergency aid grants!

Watch the powerful messages of support from national, state and local officials for the Foundation, the College and our students. Empower Bright Futures brought together leaders and advocates in the community who realize the importance of helping NOVA students achieve their educational dreams, and the direct impact it has in the community.

Introduction: Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun County Economic Development Authority and member of the NOVA Foundation Board

2:53: Ellen Dyke, Chair, NOVA Educational Foundation

6:36: Tony Burchard, Chair, Empower Bright Futures Planning Committee, Member, NOVA Educational Foundation

8:37: Dr. Anne, Kress, President, Northern Virginia Community College

15:28: Terry McAuliffe, Former Governor of Virginia

18:20: We Are NOVA Foundation video

32:15: Danielle Renker, Member 100WomenStrong Board

37:27: Atif Qarni, Secretary of Education, Virginia

39:37: Veteran Students’ Stories Northrop Grumman

Northrup Grumman

45:10: Mark Warner, U.S. Senator

46:46: Pat Herrity, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

49:58: Lima Wahedi, NOVA Student & Emergency Grant recipient

56:34: Kelly Persons, Executive Director, NOVA Educational Foundation

“Congratulations to the entire Foundation team on a successful event last evening! It was so great to be able to participate and the chat feature provided a wonderful opportunity to engage, even from a distance. I am thrilled to hear the great news about the incredible commitments and contributions from our business community, including the outstanding news about Digital Realty’s $25,000 contribution!“

Melanie Stover, NOVA Workforce Development

We are grateful for the generous support of the Empower Bright Futures celebration:


Digital Realty

Cloud HQ


Students’ Story presented by

Northrup Grumman

Scholarship Educators


Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lightburn


Emerald Educators


Loudoun Economic Development



Gold Educators

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony T. Burchard

Dominion Energy

Jim & Ellen Dyke

Jennifer McGarey

Thomas W. Minnick

Vantage Data Centers

A special thank you to Rivet Logic and Elizabeth El-Nattar for providing the platform for this event!

River Logic


“Thank you so much. I was personally very touched by your event, such a wonderful cause. It was really wonderful to see what a positive impact your having on the lives of so many students. Keep up the good work!”

Hope Robillard, Senior Account Executive , Rivet Logic Corporation




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“…This scholarship opportunity will also allow me to have more time to focus on my studies and not stress about how I will be able to pay for the rest of the program… I am grateful for all the support and opportunities NVCC will bring to me and help me succeed and move forward with my dream of working in the nursing field.  With that said, as a recipient of this scholarship, I hope to become more philanthropic and “give back” once I am financially able.”