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What's New at ACCESS College Foundation?

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Introducing March Matchness!

Throughout the month of March, all new and increased gifts up to $80,000 will be DOUBLED with our new initiative called #AccessMarchMatchness.

Your $25 turns into $50. $100 into $200. $500 into $1,000! Think of all the college students who will benefit from your donation for application fees, college tours, scholarships and more.

The following generous organizations and individuals have pledged to match your donation to ACCESS:

Birdsong Peanuts
Lilly and Bruce Bradley
Joan Brock
Melynda and Mark Compton
Dawn and Timothy Glynn
Courtney and Chris Graves
Gwen and Leander Green
Vicky and Clint McPherson
Jennifer and David Mele
Ripley Heatwole Company
Audrey and John Settle
Suburban Capital
Tankard Nurseries
The Carr Investment Group
Ashlin and Wayne Wilbanks


For more information, contact Dionne Scott at dscott@accesscollege.org or (757) 351-2809.


Monday Night Steak at Baker's Crust, All Month Long!

How does a delicious steak dinner at Baker’s Crust sound? Yep, our mouths are watering, too!

On any Monday in March, dine in after 4:00 p.m. at one of three Bakers Crusts (Ghent, Greebrier or Hilltop) for "Buy a Steak in Your Community" to benefit ACCESS!

For just $7, you’ll dine on an 8 oz. black angus flat iron steak while helping to pave the way for positive change for many deserving young people. Join us.

For more information: https://bakerscrust.com/menu/specials


ACCESS Hires First Career Connection Coordinator


We're pleased to welcome Morgan Chase as its first Career Connection Coordinator. In that role, Chase works with nearly 300 ACCESS Scholars to bridge the gap between college and career. He aids their search for internships and entry-level jobs, as well as interacts with business and community leaders to create new positions for ACCESS’ network of Scholars.

Chase previously worked as a public affairs producer and content strategist for 89.5 WHRV FM and WHRO FM.


Inaugural Event of the ACCESS Alumni Network!

On June 21, 2017, we held the augural event of our ACCESS Alumni Network at The Main in Norfolk! Alumni were able to connect with one another and with current ACCESS staff.

The night wouldn't have been complete without our special guests, Macon and Joan Brock! Mr. Brock, co-founder of Dollar Tree and author of "One Buck at a Time," shared his story and gave advice on how to succeed in business. What's the key to success? He said, "It all comes down to attitude and hard work." 

Visit our Facebook page for more photos and keep an eye out for more upcoming ACCESS Alumni Network events!

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!




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.