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What's New at ACCESS College Foundation?

Check back frequently to see all of the great things happening at ACCESS!


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.


#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

ACCESS Advisors Visit the University of Mary Washington! 

On January 31, 2017, our ACCESS Advisors visited the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. They were able to take a tour of the campus and get a first-hand look at the John Farmer Multicultural Center, dormitories, gym, indoor pool and more.

Most importantly, they were able to meet some of the students and learn about the variety of majors and programs available. A special thank you to the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Success! We had a great time and learned so much about what the UMW has to offer!

ACCESS Visits Old Dominion University!

Thank you to Old Dominion University and Megan Brammer, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, for hosting our ACCESS Advisors on January 20th!

We had a blast meeting Dean Adams, touring the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, hearing from Assistant Athletic Director, Regean Hill about being a student athlete and meeting students from the entrepreneurship academy. Of course, we loved lunch at the new state of the art Broderick Dining Hall and hanging out with Big Blue too! We can't wait to come back for another visit! 

See more photos from the visit on our Facebook page!


ACCESS' Holiday Community Project

This holiday season, ACCESS volunteered at the Salvation Army Distribution Depot and had the opportunity to serve over 45 families in our community about every 15 minutes! 

Our employees also sponsored an Angel Tree and donated 25 gifts to make the season brighter for local families. We're so thankful for the opportunity to give back this holiday season!