SOAR Virginia – An Early Commitment Scholarship Program

Virginia 529 College Saving Plan (VA529) and college access providers are launching a program to help eligible high students SOAR!

VA529 and college access providers will offer assistance to eligible high school students to help students reach their post-secondary education goals- including financial literacy and academic preparation, assistance with the admissions and financial aid process and scholarship support of up to $2,000.  Students must agree to meet program requirements which includes community service and working with a college access provider.

The SOAR program, which has been in development for the last two years, supports the VA529 mission of  making college more accessible and more affordable to Virginians.  By partnering with GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc, (GRASP) the program is being launched to 9th and 10th graders in two urban, two suburban and two rural high schools and is expected to reach 100 students in the first year.

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc, (GRASP) – “GRASP is a non-profit organization specializing in helping students and their families, regardless of financial resources, to develop aneducational plan for after high school.  GRASP’s professional financial aid counselors work in high schools and private settings, without charge to students and families, to assist in overcoming financial and motivational challenges to the goal of higher education.

Virginia 529 College Saving Plan (VA529) – Is the resource for Virginia’s tax-advantaged college savings programs. Virginia College Savings Plan’s mission is to make a college education more affordable for everyone. VA529 has four programs to offer more options to more people.

Kate Semp

Kate Semp is a SAHM of 5 with a passion for travelling, cooking, technology and living life BIG. After graduating from William & Mary she did a stint in West Africa with the Peace Corps and teaching High School Biology. Trading in her passport for a wedding ring Kate moved to Richmond in 2001.

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