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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.


2016 Scholarship Awards Luncheon

On June 24, we proudly honored more than 180 high school graduates from across South Hampton Roads and Northampton County at our annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon! Each student received a scholarship of at least $5,000, for a grand total of $950,000, to help them achieve their post-secondary dreams.


Thank you to the more than 650 attendees and to all of our sponsors who helped make our event a great success: Joan and Macon Brock, Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation, Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk State University, Capital One, Mode5, Virginia Tech and Longwood University!

If you couldn't make the event, watch the presentation, along with interviews with students, donors and ACCESS staff on our Facebook page

To view more photos from the event, please visit the album on our Facebook page


ACCESS Partners with Txtsignal

In order to continue to effectively communicate with our network of students, parents, alumni and others, we've partnered with txtsignal, a bulk text messaging service recognized as a “Top 50 Provider” by the Common Short Code Administration! As communication tools continue to evolve, ACCESS wants to ensure our students are aware of the critical application deadlines, financial information, events and other information they need.  Txtsignal is another great resource for us to guarantee these important messages are delivered!

Want to learn more about how txtsignal works? Check them out here: http://txtsignal.com/.

ACCESS Announces $10,000 Partnership with Kam Cares Foundation for Scholarships for Maury High School Students

On May 28, ACCESS announced a partnership with Kam Cares Foundation, established by Norfolk Native and Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor, to offer $10,000 for scholarships for two Maury High School seniors graduating in June 2016. The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, will be managed by ACCESS and awarded at our Annual Student Awards Luncheon on June 24, 2016. The partnership announcement was made at the 7th Annual Bam Bam’s Spring Jam Memorial Day Cookout. 

Take a look at the coverage of the announcement on WAVY TV here!

J&A Racing's Corporate 5K

 We're so proud of our ACCESS runners and helpers who braved the weather on Cinco de Mayo to participate in J&A Racing's Corporate 5k!

Mindy finished in 27 minutes and the rest of the team came in at 30 minutes! Great job, team!