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The ACCESS College Foundation is funded through donations from local companies, foundations and individuals who care about giving public high school students the opportunity to attain a postsecondary education.

Our donors are creating lasting opportunities for students all over South Hampton Roads.  We invite you to join in and help change the lives of our students -  one student at a time!  The generosity of our donors makes it possible for students, who may not otherwise have the fortune to attend college.  From one-on-one advising services by our ACCESS Advisors in most middle schools and all high schools, to paying for ACT/SAT college fee waivers, to providing scholarships and navigating students through our Career Connection program, ACCESS is fueling dreams and creating possibilities for our local students.

Because of our donors, we have helped over 75,000 students throughout South Hampton Roads and Northampton County, Virginia attend college, while leveraging over $750 million in financial aid and scholarships for many of these students. ACCESS has also awarded $13 million in its own “Last-Dollar” Scholarships to ACCESS Scholars attending a higher education institution. You can help students, right here in our own neighborhood, turn their dreams into reality.  Support ACCESS today!  We hope you would also consider a contribution to our Annual Support Campaign in November each year.  We welcome you to the ACCESS family!

For more information about how you can support ACCESS financially and in other ways, contact Dionne Scott by phone, 757.962.6113, or at  Ask about our Fund-A-Service and Named Scholarship Initiatives!


Access College Foundation has a four star rating from Charity Navigator

ACCESS College Foundation has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator!

Charity Navigator has awarded ACCESS College Foundation its highest rating of four stars in 9 of the last 10 years. This rating means we've taken steps to have strong financial health and accountability. Only 4% of charities and non-profits across the country have that distinction! Charity Navigator is an independent evaluator of charities within the United States. This award is a prestigious honor that reflects the dedication and commitment that ACCESS College Foundation has demonstrated to the community which it serves. To learn more about the rating and ACCESS College Foundation, please click here.

ACCESS is an approved NAP organization

We have been awarded allocations on a basis of proven operational success and the capacity to serve impoverished families. Offered through the Virginia Department of Education, the Neighborhood Assistance Program is a tax incentive program. Its purpose is to encourage private sector involvement in the alleviation of poverty in Virginia. Individuals and businesses making a donation to ACCESS by June 30th may qualify for NAP state tax credits.  For more detailed information, please refer to these Donor Fact Sheets.​

Amazon Smile Donations

Before you make a purchase from Amazon, visit and select ACCESS College Foundation. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to ACCESS!


Planned Giving

LET YOUR LEGACY LIVE ON by helping students in the future through a planned gift.  Visit Batten Legacy Society  to learn more about how the impact of your legacy gift can change the lives of students in the future.


Donate to ACCESS through your workplace United Way Campaign! By designating ACCESS College Foundation on your next one-time or monthly gift through United Way you can champion education by linking students to resources and funding - promoting their success in college and beyond!  You can join the ACCESS Family of Supporters by designating us on your next CCC, CVC, or CFC pledge form. Our designation codes can be found below.

CCC Designation Code: Simply write ACCESS College Foundation on your pledge form!
CVC Designation Code: 200927           


Donor Privacy Policy:

ACCESS College Foundation will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. ACCESS College Foundation will only share personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.