Celebrating the achievements of our brilliant Access Scholars.

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, 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, The 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.

Come back soon for the 2023 Scholarship Awards Celebration!