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Access College Foundation was founded in 1988 to eliminate barriers to postsecondary education and increase college attainment for underrepresented and low-income students.

Since 1988, Access has helped more than 77,000 students from low- to moderate- income families enroll in a certification or degree program while leveraging $780 million in financial aid and scholarships. Additionally, Access has awarded more than $14 million in Access “Last-Dollar” Scholarships to students, helping to make their educational paths possible. Over the last 34 years, Access has proven that through guidance, mentorship, and financial assistance, Hampton Roads’ brightest students can achieve their educational dreams – regardless of their background. As these graduates return home, they contribute to the vitality of our community as the doctors, lawyers, teachers, and engineers of tomorrow.

Scholarship Awards Luncheon 2024

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The Access Scholarship Awards Celebration honors the achievements of our newest generation of Access Scholars. Every year, Access has the pleasure of awarding its own Access “Last-Dollar” Scholarship to more than 100 students each year. These scholarships, totaling more than $1 million, range from $5,000 to $110,000.

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Thank You Sentara Healthcare  for Your Support of Access College Foundation through your Grant Award for Scholarship Assistance!

Your generous scholarship grant  will maximize Sentara’s impact on local Access students in need of financial support and help to create a diverse and highly skilled workforce pipeline in the healthcare and healthcare-related fields for our region. Access applauds Sentara Healthcare’s dedication to responding to the healthcare needs of the communities and people you serve.

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