Embracing a new year of post-secondary access
Lisa Edwards, a graduate of King William High School, is a rising Sophomore at James Madison University. Not long ago, she was awarded a College Success Scholarship to support her goal of someday becoming a C.P.A. She writes, "I am very grateful for this scholarship because with it I am able to worry less about the financial part of college and focus more on accomplishing my dreams." In total, GRASP recently awarded $92,250 in scholarships to rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.
Friday, October 7
Please join us for the 7th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala
R.S.V.P. at www.grasp4va.org
We'll celebrate the collective achievements of GRASP's students, supporters, and advisors with an inspiring message from Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor, Virginia's Community Colleges, yummy food and a silent auction fit for every pocketbook.
Thank you to sponsors Senator Walter A. Stosch and Dankos, Gordon & Tucker, P.C
Contact Paula Buckley, firstname.lastname@example.org for information about sponsorship opportunities.
Why is GRASP Important?
A 2015 Burning Glass Technologies study found Virginia had 175,000 vacancies for “middle-skills” jobs, which require more education than a high school diploma but less than an associate or bachelor’s degree.
GRASP's In-School Advising, College Success, and Scholarship programs help students get the education after high school that they need to be productive and fulfilled adults. Advisors help students assemble funding for the full range of options including Certificate Programs, Associate Degrees, and Four Year Degrees.
2015-2016 School Year Results
•98% of those who met with a GRASP Advisor in their high school report that this improved their understanding of how to pay for education after high school
•85% say that they completed the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA form is the cornerstone to securing financial aid assistance for education after high school.
•Average financial aid is $13,000
•Overall, GRASP Advisors helped students to secure about $81 million in post-secondary financial aid
•SOAR Virginia® students earned $464,000 in scholarships funded by Virginia529.
Please donate $25, $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help provide GRASP services free of charge to students and families.