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Science & Engineering Events

2017 Loudoun Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF)

Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Riverside High School

The Loudoun Education Foundation is pleased to support the 36th Annual LCPS Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF), which involves over 220 high school students from Loudoun County Public Schools. Science projects were on display on Thursday, March 23rd, at Riverside High School. Orbital ATK was the main sponsor, donating $10,000 to fund the fair. Students are selected to attend the RSEF by their schools.

The Foundation sponsored student awards for $1,000 in the following categories:

Animal Sciences:

1st Place: Jack Dudley, Briar Woods High School/Academy of Science 2nd Place: Elizabeth Forcade, Riverside High School
2nd Place: Emily Jackson, Riverside High School
3rd Place: Kelly Keane, Woodgrove High School
3rd Place: Marleah Puckett, Woodgrove High School
Honorable Mention: Ashley Marques Woodgrove High School

Behavioral & Social Sciences

1st Place: Rhea Tanamala, Riverside High School/Academy of Science
2nd Place: Samantha Ingram, Dominion High School
3rd Place: Michelle Molina, Broad Run High School/Academy of Science
Honorable Mention: Vincent Nguyen, Loudoun Valley High School

Willowcroft Science Endowment

Congratulations to 2017 Willowcroft Science Scholarship winner William Cho of John Champe High School. He was awarded a $4,000 scholarship. His teacher and inspiration is Jackie Curley of the Academy of Science, who received the $3,000 Willowcroft Science Teacher Award.


The Willowcroft Science Endowment Fund is the result of a donation in excess of $100,000 by Lewis Parker, long time RSEF supporter, and the owner and winemaker at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Loudoun’s first commercial winery. Mr. Parker, also an Honorary Trustee of the Loudoun Education Foundation, generously added funding to the Willowcroft Science Endowment in 2009, and invites other members of the scientific community to participate.

The Willowcroft Science Endowment Fund permanently endows the Loudoun Education Foundation with an annual income stream restricted for use in support of Loudoun County Public Schools Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF), for which Mr. Parker has a special passion developed through years of meaningful involvement. The Piedmont Community Foundation invests and manages the endowment, and makes charitable distributions to the Loudoun Education Foundation, which administers grants for the sciences.

Lew_Parker“I really believe that science is the future for our county and our country” said Mr. Parker. “We need to motivate and support the kids who have an interest in science and the teachers who help them. I hope to be able to add to the fund in the future and that others will also contribute directly, or through this endowment.”

The Willowcroft Award, one of the scholarships ($4,000) supported by the Willowcroft Science Endowment, is given at the RSEF to a student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the sciences. A teacher is also awarded $3,000 in recognition of the support and mentoring they provide to students.

Members of the community are invited to contribute to the Willowcroft Science Endowment Fund. Those interested should contact Dawn Meyer, Executive Director of the Loudoun Education Foundation, 571-252-1102.