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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.


College I'm In! National Signing Day with ACCESS!

On April 26, more than 1,400 students from across Hampton Roads gathered for “National Signing Day” to celebrate their commitment to higher education. “College I’m In!” was one of hundreds of events taking place across the nation as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s #ReachHigher initiative.

Thank you to our guests Gilbert T. Bland, Council Member for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-3), Dr. Ellen Neufeldt, Vice President for Student and Enrollment Services at Old Dominion University and our emcee, Shaggy from Z104 for their participation and support!

Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors who have made the commitment to higher education!

To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page. An archived video of the whole event is also available on Facebook here.

It IS A Different World: College Changes EVERYTHING!

For the first time ever on April 16, cast members from A Different World gathered on a college campus for an intimate discussion exploring the importance of higher education and the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in both their historic and current roles.

The event, sponsored by SunTrust Bank and titled, “It IS A Different World: College Changes EVERYTHING!” benefited both ACCESS College Foundation and Norfolk State University’s (NSU) Honors College.


Thank you to the cast, our sponsors and everyone who had a role in putting the event together! We hope the event inspired local students to follow their dreams of pursuing a higher education and demonstrated the impact post-secondary success can have on a student’s future.

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


Do you have a child in middle school? Join us for a Middle School Parent Night this month!

Check out our Upcoming Events tab for dates and locationsACCESS' early college awareness program motivates students in grades 7 and 8 to pursue higher education. Our goal is to educate families about financial aid options and help students to explore their college and career interests. 

It's Not Too Late to File Your 2016 FAFSA!

Bonnie B. Sutton, President and CEO of ACCESS College Foundation explains the importance of filing your FAFSA form by the February 15th deadline.

Click link to video below: