RICHMOND, VA – GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 175 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $156,500 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2017.

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. Because of this goal, GRASP is especially dedicated to helping low income and disabled students overcome financial and social barriers to attending college or vocational education after high school. Supported by individual, foundation and business donations, GRASP has advisors in 76 public and private schools throughout Virginia and provides services and scholarship assistance, free of charge, to students and their families. In the most recent school year, GRASP advisors assisted more than 7,000 students and their families in developing post-secondary education game plans and leveraged more than an estimated $85 million in financial aid.

“We are delighted to have ongoing donor support which allows GRASP to provide the Last Dollar Scholarships to students which often enables them to attend their selected post-secondary school and continue their pursuit of education,” said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP Chief Operating Officer.

GRASP salutes the 2017 Last Dollar scholarship winners. Many of this year’s Last Dollar scholarship winners 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.

LOCAL 2017 GRASP Last Dollar scholarship winners are provided below.

FIRST NAME LAST NAME HIGH SCHOOL School System
Taneya White Essex Essex
Olivia Chamberlain King and Queen King and Queen
Courtney deCheubel King William King William
James Coleman Lancaster Lancaster
Tyneshia Cox Lancaster Lancaster
Kojo Amanfu Maggie Walker MLWGS
Carlie Carter New Kent New Kent
Samantha Emana New Kent New Kent
Kevin Moran New Kent New Kent
Macey Augst Northumberland Northumberland
Samantha Brown Northumberland Northumberland
Autum Greene Rappahannock Richmond County
John Grindstaff Rappahannock Richmond County
Tasia Payne Washington and Lee Westmoreland
Claire Whitman Washington and Lee Westmoreland

RICHMOND, VA GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 47 College Success scholarships totaling $120,250 to Virginia students currently attending college who have participated in the GRASP College Success program.

“College students participating in the GRASP College Success program see the value in the assistance provided and are eager to participate because of the available scholarship opportunities,” said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP Chief Operating Officer. “The GRASP mission is to help students with the financial aid process, but it is our supporters and donors who make it possible to provide scholarships to students, making GRASP’s role even more valuable.”

GRASP is dedicated to helping students overcome financial and social barriers to attending college or vocational education after high school. Supported by individual, foundation, and business donations, GRASP has advisors in 76 high schools/venues throughout Virginia and provides services and scholarship assistance, free of charge, to students and their families. College Success is the GRASP program for students who continue to post-secondary education. GRASP’s College Success Program seeks to increase the college graduation rate for GRASP students and scholarship recipients by: 1) helping them re-file financial aid and scholarship forms each year, 2) providing valuable tips regarding internships and summer jobs, 3) acting as a liaison between the college financial aid offices and the students, should a problem arise, and 4) awarding scholarships for students with unmet financial need.

In the most recent school year, the GRASP College Success advisor assisted students with a variety of college financial aid and transitioning issues. Students who participated in College Success monthly email programs were eligible to apply for the GRASP College Success scholarships. For many students, finding scholarships after the first year of college is sometimes challenging, so the GRAP College Success scholarships help students meet the financial requirements for their subsequent college years.

GRASP salutes the 2017 College Success scholarship winners. Many of this year’s College Success scholarship winners are 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. The LOCAL 2017 GRASP College Success scholarship winners are listed below.

Last Name First Name Current College Attending High School Attended
Edwards Tristan Longwood University Essex
Phillips Kainen Rappahannock Community College Essex
Edwards Lisa James Madison University King William
Bronder Sasha Roanoke College Maggie Walker
Odell Sabrina Virginia Commonwealth University New Kent
Ramsey Kellee Christopher Newport University Northumberland
Allen Haley Radford University Rappahannock