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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.


ACCESS on Hampton Roads' Perspectives 

Recently, our President and CEO, Bonnie, and ACCESS Advisor Mary Carter, stopped by 94.9 The Point to chat with Woo Woo about ACCESS and changes to the FAFSA form this year. The interview appeared on Hampton Roads' Perspectives which can be heard on Sunday mornings on any Entercom station! 
Didn't have a chance to catch the interview? You can listen to the full segment above!


ACCESS Participates in College Access Panel on Capitol Hill

Kyle Williams, Program Specialist, represented ACCESS College Foundation on a panel in Washington DC as an expert in the field of college access.  There is strong bipartisan interest on Capitol Hill in simplifying the first and most visible step in the student aid process: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But there is little awareness of, or advocacy around, what happens after the application is filed and why it matters. The panel discussed the barriers that the FAFSA verification process can create for low-income or otherwise at-risk students. 

This collaborative project between TICAS, NCAN and NASFAA aims to educate members of Congress and their staff about the need to ensure that simplification on the front end of the application process isn’t undermined by complexity on the back end, where burdensome “verification” paperwork can delay or block eligible low-income students’ access to aid. 

Thank you Kyle for sharing stories and information on how this process is impacting our students in South Hampton Roads and Northampton County and what can be done to improve the financial aid process!  Read the full report here:  www.ticas.org/content/pub/sidelines-simplification

ACCESS Receives Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders Award!

ACCESS was chosen as one of 62 organizations from across the country this year to receive Bank of America's Neigborhood Builders Award! Through the program, Bank of America empowers non-profits to meet the changing needs in their communities by connecting them to leadership training development and $200,000 in flexible funding.

ACCESS will use the funding to expand their services and connect ACCESS Scholars with internship and job opportunities. To see more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page!

ACCESS on WTKR's Coast Live!

College is expensive but that should not stop you from applying!

Our President and CEO, Bonnie Sutton, and College Success Advisor, Tabatha Hargrove, appeared on WTKR's Coast Live to provide tips on how to afford college.

Check out the clip here: http://wtkr.com/…/…/finding-money-for-college-on-coast-live/