Northern Virginia Technology Council Foundation Announces Kilberg Scholarship Recipients and Marymount University Partnership 

Marymount to offer matching scholarship for those attending the local university

McLean, Virginia (June 16, 2021) - Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia, today announced five recipients for the NVTC Foundation Kilberg Scholarship Fund. Each recipient, who demonstrated leadership promise and potential in the technology field, will receive $5,000 to pursue higher education in STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Pictured left to right: Dr. Bill Bisset, Vice President for Enrollment Management
and Student Affairs at Marymount University, Dr. Irma Becerra, President of
Marymount University, Jennifer Taylor, President of NVTC and Dr. Edward
Bersoff, Chairman of the Marymount University Board of Trustees and
founding Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.


Marymount University, a comprehensive private institution founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, is also partnering with the NVTC Foundation to offer matching scholarships, for a total of $10,000 for those recipients who plan to attend the university. This partnership will bolster the University’s commitment to building a diverse workforce in the region, as demonstrated through a recent appointment to the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

“Each and every one of the applicants of the NVTC Foundation Kilberg Scholarship should be proud of their intentions to pursue impactful careers in technology. Their future is bright and NVTC is excited to see where their careers take them,” said Jennifer Taylor, president and CEO of NVTC. “We’re also grateful for Marymount University’s support of the scholarship’s mission to promote a diverse and robust talent pipeline in our region’s tech community. Marymount is an excellent school for students to learn necessary skills for in-demand technology careers.”

In no particular order, the NVTC Foundation Kilberg Scholarship Recipients are as follows:
Sanjoli A.
Shery K.
Rachel L.
Sukriti S.
Saira A.

The recipients are not only extremely deserving of these awards, but they also share our core mission to build a diverse and vibrant technology community -- which is made possible through increased access to resources for women looking to scale their careers. With unique backgrounds and impressive potential, four of the recipients will be entering undergraduate programs and one will pursue a medical program following a successful completion of her Master of Public Health. The application review process selected these recipients following an assessment on their commitment to a higher education or training in STEM related fields, Northern Virginia residence, and financial need.

“Bobbie Kilberg has been and continues to be an inspiration to young women, and it’s our honor and pleasure to support this scholarship at Marymount,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “As a female engineer, I understand how it feels to be a minority in a male-dominated field. I am also a member of the Board of the NVTC, so when the idea of contributing to the Kilberg Scholarship Fund was brought to my attention, I knew we wanted to play a role in uplifting women who will reach great heights thanks to this financial support.”

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA), a public charity that helps grow philanthropy, manages the scholarship fund on behalf of the NVTC Foundation. A formal announcement of winners in July at CFNOVA's Cocktails & Conversations event. 

For those interested in donating to the fund, a donation page has been created. All donations are tax deductible. CFNOVA will be responsible for collecting donations and managing applications for the scholarship. 



About the Northern Virginia Technology Council
The Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) is the trade association representing the Northern Virginia technology community. As one of the nation's largest technology councils, NVTC serves companies from all sectors of the industry, from small businesses and startups to Fortune 100 technology companies, as well as service providers, academic institutions, foreign embassies, and nonprofit organizations. Nearly 500 entities make up the NVTC membership and look to the organization as a resource for networking and educational opportunities, peer-to-peer communities, policy advocacy, industry promotion, fostering of strategic relationships, and branding of the region as a major global technology center. Visit NVTC at

About the NVTC Foundation
The NVTC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, was established to provide support for under-served members of the Greater Washington community. Currently the foundation supports transitioning military service members, Veterans and military spouses through the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI). Additionally, the NVTC Foundation Kilberg Scholarship Fund provides financial support for women in the region who are pursuing higher education and demonstrate leadership promise and potential in the technology field. For more information visit

About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA)
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 2020 the Community Foundation awarded more than $13 million in grants and scholarships. For more information please visit us at, follow up on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Marymount University
Marymount University is a private, comprehensive university founded in 1950 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, with its main campus in Arlington, Va. Marymount offers students a unique mix of STEM programs and liberal arts fields in an overall curriculum that provides specialized educational opportunities in a wide range of disciplines at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Marymount has about 3,300 students enrolled, representing approximately 45 states and 78 countries. The University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the most internationally diverse student bodies in the nation.

Kara Mauceri
Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)

Lexie Janney
Merritt Group