Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund

Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund, Inc.

Women Helping Students Succeed
Holly Ann Kuga Scholarship


The Holly Ann Kuga Scholarship was established in 2021 in memory of Holly Ann Kuga, long time Great Falls Friends & Neighbors (GFFN) member and friend. Holly was an active supporter of the Scholarship Fund and is remembered as being warm, generous, wise and thoughtful to all those who worked with her. Her scholarship will ensure that her memory and legacy continues in the years to come.

She was extremely active in GFFN, not only hosting many of the club gatherings, but personally involved in many of the club's projects as well.  For the Scholarship Fund, she directed and managed our public relations for two of our largest fundraisers, the Bridge Jamboree and the 2016 Fashion Show.   


Her tremendous commitment to both GFFN and GFFN Scholarship Fund led us to the dedication of this year's Tea to her memory, as well as the establishment of a Holly Ann Kuga Scholarship which will be awarded annually in the years to come.   Our sincerest thanks to all of you who have contributed so far to make this Scholarship possible.  Through it, we will be able to carry out the charitable work that she so dearly loved and ensure that her legacy continues in the years to come. We invite you to contribute in her spirit.

Women Helping Students Succeed

The Scholarship Fund, Inc. was established in 1983, when the Great Falls Woman’s Club (now Great Falls Friends & Neighbors) recognized the need to provide financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in higher education.​

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Scholarships are awarded to deserving students, who are residents of Northern Virginia and attending GMU or NOVA (Advance Program).

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In The News

"Great Falls Friends and Neighbors Hosts Spring Tea. New scholarship established in Holly Ann Kuga's memory"  

Great Falls Connection, 04/28/21 Front Page

2020-21 Scholarship Awardees

This academic year we granted scholarships

to four deserving students at

George Mason University.

Graduates Holding Diplomas

Carolina Medrano


Carolina grew up in Arlington, VA and is a first generation Salvadorian American.  She is a single mother, currently works in the Arlington Public Schools as the supervisor of an after school program and attends George Mason full time. 


She is pursuing a career in Education with a concentration in school counseling and plans to give back to the Arlington community in which she grew up and loves through working in the Arlington County Public School system.  She desires to create an environment where all students feel empowered and valued thereby helping them to reach their potential in life.

Masters in Education with a concentration in School Counseling, expected May 2022.

Great Falls Friends & Neighbors Scholarship Fund Recipient

Jennifer Vasquez


Jennifer is pursuing a Masters in Social Work because she desires to have a direct impact on the community and people’s lives. 


Her volunteer work at the Loudoun County Jail impacted her so greatly that she decided to continue to work within that setting. 


Her goal after graduation is to work in a jail setting providing resources,  referrals, and services to those incarcerated.

Masters in Social Work, expected May 2021.  

Sarah Haskell

Social Work

Sarah’s desire is to work with older adults with dementia and memory loss. She realized this passion when she was hired as a caregiver and Registered Medication Aide at an assisted living facility. She developed relationships with the residents and their families and became passionate about advocating for her residents. 


She works full time, attends school full time and works as an unpaid intern part time.

Masters in Social Work, expected May 2021. 

Cathy Yoo


Cathy is the daughter of an immigrant family and had to put her education on hold to help her family through some financial difficulties.  She took charge of the family business and was able to support her family and her siblings’ education.  She earned an associate degree while running the business and then worked at a CPA firm to pay off her tuition. 


All these experiences moved her toward a desire to obtain an Accounting degree.  She attends school full time and works part-time.  She plans to work at a consulting firm in their Accounting Department upon completion of her degree.

Master’s in Accounting, expected May 2021. 

Spring Tea 2021

Sunday April 25

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