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207 Scholarships Awarded to Virginia High School Students

First, if you want to donate to this great cause/organization you can that by visiting their website

GRASP is a local (based in Glen Allen) non-profit with the goal of providing higher education to all people regardless of socioeconomic status. We also did a little digging just to be sure that GRASP is a responsible non-profit organization. You can find out more about their operating efficiency and how much of their money goes to helping kids: Grasp Review at Charity Navigator

We wanted to put a spotlight on this organization not only because they’re relatively local (Glen Allen, VA) and doing great work but also because several of the students awarded scholarships are right here in the East End! We have 4 students from Armstrong High School and 1 student from Franklin Military:

Malik Ahmad – Franklin Military

Khaliq Harris – Armstrong High School

Niasha Burroughs – Armstrong High School

Tarquasia Bell – Armstrong High School

TyeShawn Steward – Armstrong High School

A BIG congratulations to all of the recipients. Higher education is an amazing opportunity and one that can be very expensive. We hope that you take the opportunity before you and run with it!

GLEN ALLEN, Va. GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.), a non-profit, college and career access organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 127 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $123,500 and 80 Community College Pathway scholarships totaling 80,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2019.

GRASP’s goal is to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school, regardless of financial or social circumstances. During the 2018-2019 academic year, GRASP implemented its programs via advisors who provide free, confidential, one-on-one counseling in 79 Virginia high schools to students seeking financial aid and scholarships for continuing education after high school – whether that is technical school, community college or a four-year university. GRASP advisors now serve students and families in Virginia schools, from the greater Richmond area, to Highland County in the west, to Lancaster County in the east, and to Mecklenburg County in the south. The highly trained GRASP advisors are adept at navigating the maze of the college and post-secondary education financial aid process. They also have a passion for expanding students’ opportunities to learn. GRASP advisors typically assist more than 8,000 students and their families, individually, in developing post-secondary education game plans each year.

The GRASP advising program and scholarships are made possible by generous donor support year after year. Last Dollar scholarships are awarded to at least one student at each school GRASP serves. The Community College Pathway scholarships are awarded to students who plan to attend community college to receive a career certificate or transfer to a four-year college.

GRASP salutes the 2019 scholarship recipients. Many of this year’s scholarship recipients will be the first members of their families to attend post-secondary education. All have learned about the importance of continuing their educations as the next step for their future successes. This year, for the first time, GRASP hosted our own celebratory luncheons in five regions of the state where we awarded our GRASP scholarships. The luncheons were attended by scholarship recipients, state legislators, school superintendents, donors, and other guests.

GRASP was co-founded in 1983 by Senator Walter Stosch and Dr. Ray Gargiulo. GRASP advisors work one day per week at each school. Appointments, which are free of charge, can be made through the schools’ counseling offices. More information about GRASP is available at the website,

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