Richard Semmler, a professor of mathematics at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, has received a volunteerism award from the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network.

The Points of Light award is given to people "who exemplify the best of volunteerism, a sense of caring and responsibility for others that connects citizens and solves community problems," according to the foundation's Web site.

Semmler has distributed close to $770,000 of his personal funds to various organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. His goal is $1 million before he retires.

Marion Stillson of Reston has been recognized for breaking down barriers in diversity, equal rights, civil rights and disability rights by the Virginia chapter of the American Association of University Women. A former president of the state organization, she is a member and past president of its Reston-Herndon branch.

A news release from the association said that as a young mother who was permanently disabled, Stillson was unable to gain entrance to some places around Reston. She requested two ramps for wheelchair users, which were voluntarily installed at the Reston Association and a Safeway in the Hunters Woods shopping center. She also has been an elected or appointed leader for several associations and panels, fighting for the rights of disabled people.

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation has selected Amy Perlman and Charles Sabatier as winners of 2005 fellowships. The fellowships support individuals and programs designed to encourage young scientists and mathematicians who teach others.

Perlman, of Falls Church, graduated from George Mason High School and Haverford College and will use the fellowship to pursue teaching certification. Sabatier, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, is a physics teacher in the county school system.

Ann Wyllie, an adult basic education teacher with the county school system, has won a teacher of the year award from the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education. The award recognizes exemplary instructional practices and professional service to adult learners in Virginia. Wyllie has been with the school system since 1990.

Margaret Van Winkle of McLean has won the Friends of the McLean Community Center's 2005 Friend in Deed award. The honor is given to people who show outstanding leadership and support for the center.

Van Winkle is a former community center board member and a McLean Project for the Arts board member. She and her husband Charles, who have lived in McLean for 27 years, are moving to Charlottesville to be closer to their grandchildren.

Arts scholarships have been awarded to high school students in the Reston-Herndon area.

Ralph Thomas Davis III and Evan Hume of Herndon High School have received scholarships from the League of Reston Artists.

The graduating seniors were selected based on teacher recommendations, interest in the arts and a review of their portfolios. Each was given a $250 scholarship.

Davis will study fine art at the Art Institute of Washington and Hume will study photography at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Greater Reston Arts Center awarded $500 scholarships to Davis and Eric Naquin of Herndon High. Naquin is headed to Virginia Commonwealth University.

Jackie Cantwell and Ariel Zimman of South Lakes High School in Reston won the same awards from the arts center. Cantwell will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University and Zimman will go Tufts University.

The Washington area Council for Excellence in Music Education and the Washington area alumni association of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia have named two Fairfax teachers winners of outstanding music educator awards.

The teachers are Roy Holder of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke and Joan Lunsford, who taught last school year at both Keene Mill Elementary School and Rolling Valley Elementary School in Springfield.

-- Compiled by STEPHEN C. FEHR

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Mathematics professor Richard Semmler has received a volunteerism award. MARION STILLSON