|FAIRFAX, VA – Virginia International University (VIU) held its Third Annual Fundraising Event for Scholarships on May 6 at the Sheraton Reston Hotel. Members of the local education, business, and political communities were in attendance for the event, which raised about $35,000 in scholarship funds through donations and a silent auction. Several speakers addressed the group of about 250 attendees, including Virginia’s Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Belle S. Wheelan and keynote speaker Congressman Tom Davis (R-11th). The event was chaired by educational philanthropist Earle C. Williams and emceed by State Senator Jeannemarie Devolites (R-34th). In addition, student recipients of the past year’s scholarships were recognized.
VIU President Dr. Isa Sarac explains that the university distributes about $25,000 annually in scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need and are available to American as well as international students. The university was founded in 1998 and has a current enrollment of 175 students from more than 30 countries. Sarac predicts that the number will approach 2,000 students from 100 countries by the end of the decade. VIU offers graduate, undergraduate, and certificate/diploma programs in business and computer science, as well as English as a second language. Beginning in June, the university will also offer several six-week seminars in the areas of marketing, management and leadership, communications, IT training, public speaking, and computer security.