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Founded in 1988 by local philanthropists Frank Batten, Sr. and Joshua P. Darden, Jr. to provide a path for students, who may not have the opportunity, to attend and complete college, ACCESS College Foundation has leveraged over $400 million in financial aid and scholarships, as well as offering guidance and support, to help over 45,000 students achieve their higher education goals for nearly 26 years.

With beginnings in just five Norfolk High Schools, today ACCESS College Foundation has Advisors available in every public high school in South Hampton Roads. These dedicated Advisors assist students and their families with the college admissions and financial aid processes. From early awareness programs, student and parent advising, assistance with college applications and entrance exam fees, college tours, help with financial assistance application forms, identification of available scholarships, "last dollar" scholarships, and continued support throughout college, ACCESS Advisors offer guidance and practical assistance to enable students to boldly chart and complete a course to a college degree.

College Changes Everything



We would like to thank the presenting sponsor

of our 2014 Annual Luncheon


for their generosity.




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Shamrock Race and Fundraising Information

ACCESS Received Top Rating from Charity Navigator

The ACCESS College Foundation has been awarded a four star rating by Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities within the United States. This is a prestigious honor that reflects the dedication and commitment that ACCESS College Foundation has demonstrated to the community which it serves. To learn more about the rating and ACCESS College Foundation, please click here.


To learn about the ACCESS College Foundation, click here to watch this informational video.

ACCESS College Foundation
7300 Newport Avenue, Suite 500
Norfolk, Virginia 23505
Phone (757) 962-6113
Fax (757) 962-7314 Email:

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Click here to view our 2013-2014 ACCESS College Foundation Financials