The Northern Virginia Urban League (NOVAUL) has raised an astounding $70,000 for student scholarships that will be awarded at the sold out 20th Annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner on April 30, 2010. Thirteen of Northern Virginia’s brightest students will receive scholarships toward their college education, and NOVAUL will honor Eric A. Adolphe, Esq., president of The Adolphe Group, LLC and John Rice, founder and president of Management Leadership Tomorrow, with awards for their leadership in business and education philanthropy.

“Last month, when President Obama signed the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 in our backyard at Northern Virginia Community College, he emphasized the importance of access to higher education in solidifying our nation’s economic strength,” said Lavern J. Chatman, president and CEO of NOVAUL. “Our movement here in Northern Virginia has recognized the relationship between education and economic empowerment since our inception, and for 20 years our scholarship fund has helped to ensure that financial barriers do not hinder our students from achieving success in college. Even in this recessed economy we have raised over $500,000 in corporate and community sponsorships to further the mission and programs of the league.”

The 20th Annual Community Service and Scholarship Awards Dinner will take place at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, Va. Dr. Steve Perry, founder of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., and education contributor for CNN, will deliver the evening’s keynote address. Award winning news anchor Leon Harris of ABC7/WJLA will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

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