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35 Years Celebrating Our Impact. Inspiring Our Future

35th Anniversary Celebration

Access College Foundation Celebrates 35 Years of Helping High School Seniors Achieve Their Higher Education Dreams

On October 10, 2023, Access College Foundation will hold its 35th Anniversary Celebration to commemorate over three decades of providing the path to training and education beyond high school for nearly 80,000 students from South Hampton Roads and Northampton County.

About the 35th Anniversary Gala

The 35th Anniversary Celebration will be an elegant night commemorating our history and accomplishments. Heart-stirring stories, words, and images will communicate the gratitude of Access Alumni for the opportunities college made possible, broadened horizons, impacted communities, and realized dreams.

Evening Includes

  • Cocktail Hour
  • Delightful Dinner with Wine Accompaniment
  • Multimedia Experience celebrating the transformative effect the Access College Foundation has had on the communities of South Hampton Roads and Northampton County.



Tuesday October 10, 2023
with cocktail hour at 6:00 p.m. and main program at 7:00 p.m.


Hilton Norfolk The Main
100 E. Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510


To Be Announced

Access College
Commitment Day

Access launched its College Commitment Day event when the national movement began in 2016! Today Access College Commitment Day is a highly anticipated community event.
This high-energy, school-spirited celebration for high school seniors is an unforgettable tribute to their educational achievements, commemorating an exciting time in their lives–college acceptance and the filing of their FAFSA form to gain the funds needed to enroll in college!

Our sixth annual College Commitment Day will be held on April 25, 2023 at Chartway Arena at the Ted Constant Convocation Center!

Nearly 2,000 Southside and Northampton County high school seniors who received their college acceptances will be celebrated in a BIG way thanks to our 2023 Presenting Partner, Old Dominion University; Diamond Elite Partner, PRA Group; and other generous college partners that currently include: ECPI University, Longwood University, Regent University and William & Mary.

The event hosts parents, high school and college faculty, and community leaders. Scholarships totaling $40,500 were awarded to the Class of 2022! Join us as an event partner to award a special scholarship of your own to the Class of 2023!

Check out past news coverage of the event on WVEC, WAVY, WTKR, The Virginian-Pilot and the Suffolk News Herald. The local news airings and publications made it possible for the entire community to join in the celebration and be inspired by Access students who declared their commitment to higher education.

If you are interested in becoming a partner for this event, contact our Vice-President for Development, Dionne T. Scott, at or call (757) 351-2309.

Scholarship Awards Celebration

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.

This year, on June 22, 2023 we will be awarding “Last-Dollar” Scholarships to our 35th graduating class.

This event has featured keynote speakers such as:

  • The Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn, Virginia Supreme Court Justice
  • Wes Moore, Best-Selling Author/Rhodes Scholar; Governor of Maryland
  • David Mele, President, and Former Publisher, Virginian-Pilot
  • Darryl Bell, Actor and Producer, “Ron” from A Different World
  • Lavell White, Motivational Speaker

Our Scholarship Awards Celebration hosts over 600 attendees—including students, parents, school officials, as well as business and community leaders. The event draws annual coverage from local media outlets including The Virginian-Pilot, WVEC Channel 13, and WTKR Channel 3.


If you are interested in becoming a partner for this event, contact our Vice-President for Development, Dionne T. Scott, at or call 757-351-2809.