Scholarship Awards Luncheon

ACCESS Scholarship Awards Luncheon

In 2021, The ACCESS Class of 2021 Scholarship Awards Celebration will replace our longstanding annual luncheon event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but it will continue the tradition of celebrating the achievements of our newest generation of ACCESS Scholars.  This year’s event will be held outdoors at Spartan Greens at the Quad on the campus of Norfolk State University on June 17, 2021.  Every year, ACCESS has the pleasure of awarding its own ACCESS “Last-Dollar” Scholarship to more than 100 students.   These scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, range from $5,000 to $25,000. This year, we will be awarding “Last-Dollar” Scholarships to our 33rd graduating class.

This event has featured keynote speakers such as:
  • The Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn, Virginia Supreme Court Justice

  • Wes Moore, Best-Selling Author and Rhodes Scholar

  • 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 Luncheon 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, or call 757-351-2309. 

For additional partnership opportunities, visit our "Become a Partner" page.

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of guests that we are permitted to host at this event is limited.  Additionally, masks and social distancing will be required.