Scholarships and Grants

Keeping students on their path to academic or career success.

Student Success Fund

Students will have access to the Student Success Fund to address unexpected emergency expenses that would otherwise force them to stop out or dropout from their educational journey.

The NOVA Foundation has invested $250,000 this inaugural year. Individuals in need can apply for support through this portal. All applications will go through a blind review so students’ personal situations leading to their application for assistance will remain anonymous. The portal will remain open to receive applications throughout the academic year until the funding has been depleted.

Criteria for Eligibility Apply to the Student Success Fund

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Students can apply for one of two categories of support:

Student Success Emergency Grants

Emergency grants are just-in-time funding for NOVA students who experience a sudden, unexpected and short-term emergency that threatens their ability to continue their education. Grant awards are up to $1,000. Payments are sent directly to the creditor on behalf of a student who has been approved for support. For example, payments may be made to a utility company, medical provider, auto repair business, apartment complex, etc. Funds cannot be used to pay for credit card bills, telephone bills, or debts owed to the College.

Student Success Scholarships

Student Success Scholarships fund up to 15 credits of in-state tuition for an associate degree, career studies certificate, certificate or professional credential. Priority will be given to students within 6 credits of graduation who might otherwise not be able to complete their education.

Before applying for Student Success Funds, students must document what other avenues of support they have explored at NOVA. Student Success Fund grants and scholarships are intended to be the final resource for students after other means of financial assistance have been exhausted. Read the complete list of criteria and some Frequently Asked Questions here for details.

The Student Success Fund is made possible by a host of community partners and donors. This initiative demonstrates our collective commitment to OneNOVA.  The Fund was designed by and will be executed through a broad partnership of NOVA departments including Student Affairs, Enterprise IT, Office of Strategic Insights, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, NOVA Communications and Marketing and countless individual staff/faculty members.


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