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ACCESS College Commitment Day 2017

On April 25, we gathered more than 2,500 high school seniors at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Center for ACCESS College Commitment Day to celebrate their commitment to higher education. The students, who came from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Northampton County, have all been helped by ACCESS. Each one has been accepted to at least one college or university and will be headed there in the Fall! 

Click here to watch our video!

A special thank you to our event speakers: Cedricka Dalton, Churchland High School gradate, who obtained bachelors’ degree from NSU and is currently an Electronics Engineer for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center on Naval Station Norfolk’s base and pursuing her master’s at ODU; and, Joseph Dugan, graduating senior at Princess Anne High School, planning to attend VCU in the Fall.

 

We even surprised the students and gave away SIX scholarships during our event! Thank you to our sponsors who made the event possible: Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, University of Mary Washington, j&a racing and Signature Family Wealth Advisors!

A special thank you to our emcee, Shaggy from Z104!  #CatchMeinCollege2017

 

Check out coverage of our event from Southside Daily here and our interview on WTKR's Coast Live here.

Find more photos from the event on our Facebook page!

 

 

ACCESS Visits VSU, UMW and UVA!

In April, ACCESS students were able to tour multiple universities including Virginia State University, University of Mary Washington and University of Virginia. It was the first time many of these high school juniors were able to visit a college campus!

Our students took full advantage of this opportunity, asking questions and interacting with guides throughout the tours. The best question we heard was: "Where do freshman go to get addiitonal help with tutoring, mentoring and guidance?" 

Thank you to our college student ambassadors and tour guides at each school! They led our students through each area of the campuses including dormitories, production classes, student centers, academic centers, and of course, dining centers. At ACCESS, we know tours are a vital part of the college selection process as students choose where to further their academic and career goals. We take pride in helping students find their best college fit.

 

Check out more photos on our Facebook page!

 

2017 Suffolk Donor Recognition Luncheon

ACCESS College Foundation has been serving students in Suffolk, Virginia since 2003. In fact, over 13 years, 540 Suffolk students have received ACCESS scholarships, totaling $521,000. On April 3, 2017, we honored our Suffolk donors at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and heard stories from three ACCESS students. With the generous support of the community, we've been able to help students like Brianna, Keon and Alexxis and hundreds of others beginning in middle school and continuing through college graduation and beyond. 

A special thank you to the students for sharing their stories and to our donors for making what we do possible. 

Check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Learn more about our students in this article from the Suffolk News Herald.

 

#FixFAFSA Briefing on Capitol Hill

On February 7, 2017, our President and CEO, Bonnie Sutton and ACCESS student, Bryce Norwood joined NCAN and many others for a briefing on Capitol Hill asking Congress to #FixFAFSA. While the The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) enables millions of students to attend college, the complexity and length results in low completion rates and leaves roughly $24 billion in federal student aid unclaimed. 

In fact, Bryce almost lost his scholarship to James Madison University due to the complexities of the form. We were thrilled to be part of the briefing! A huge thank you to our fellow panelists and to Bryce for sharing his story!

Check out our Facebook page for more photos from the trip!

Learn more about the proposed changes to the FAFSA here: http://www.collegeaccess.org/fixfafsa

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