meet our president

Tatiana Stantcheva, ph.d.

Tatiana Stantcheva is a co-founder and the executive president of NOVA Friends Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of helping NOVA students in financial need to reach their academic potential. 

She has been a Professor of Physics at  Northern Virginia Community College since 2004, where she teaches, mentors junior faculty, and advises and coaches students. Maintaining a private coaching practice, she is also a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the International Coach Federation

Board of Directors

Dr. Tatiana Stantcheva – Executive President

Mr. James Gallatin – Treasurer and Legal Counsel

Mr. Vincent Cordrey – Secretary of the Board


PResidential advisory board

Our advisory board is comprised entirely of experienced NOVA teaching faculty with a proven commitment to excellence in student advising and mentoring. Here is the list of the faculty currently serving.

Amy Richardson, Professor of Engineering, Alexandria

Francesca Viale, Professor of Physics, Loudoun

Dr. Bruce Wahl, Professor of Mathematics, Alexandria

Dr. Izanne Zorin, Professor of Biology, Alexandria


Program Mentors

Dr. Tatiana Stantcheva, Professor of Physics, Alexandria

Apply to Program

Our mission is to help NOVA students achieve their academic potential. Students enrolled in at least one class at NOVA are eligible to apply. If you are interested in applying go to the Apply to Program page. 

Apply to Program


Financial information

We are committed to transparency and accountability. All our staff members are volunteers. Our president currently pays for all operating costs with private funds so that 100% of donations to NOVA Friends Fund go for scholarships. 


make a difference!

The cost for a 3-credit NOVA class is currently about $600 and the classes transfer to all Virginia and many nationwide four-year institutions. Your financial support goes a long way in supporting the tuition costs of a NOVA student.