2,000-plus area high schoolers celebrate college acceptances with ACCESS College Foundation

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of students across Hampton Roads are college bound!  

On Tuesday, 2,200 high school seniors celebrated their decision to go to college at ODU’s Ted Constant Convocation Center. The seniors are from Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Northampton County, Virginia. 

Students work with advisers from the ACCESS College Foundation, which comes in to make their futures brighter, thanks to a special program and college counseling.

The foundation assigns advisers in all Southside and Northampton County high schools. Those advisers work with students to provide all sorts of services in reaching out to colleges and they are thrilled to celebrate their students. 

Bonnie Sutton with ACCESS College Foundation says Tuesday was a success for everyone involved. 

“We are wanting to celebrate every student that we have helped go to college.”

That includes Indian River senior Cameron Eldridge, who found out he’s attending VCU in the fall. 

“I can’t wait to go to VCU,” said Eldridge. “When I first got accepted, I was astonished, I didn’t think I was going to get accepted, but I tried my best my four years of high school.”

Senior Abigail Lim is over the moon to attend Virginia Tech, where she will be majoring in industrial design

“I love the beautiful campus, their architecture program and the football, obviously.”

The celebration is a moment for students to forward their education with a true showcase of young minds soaring to new heights.

ACCESS College Foundation provides a path for students who may not have the opportunity to attend and complete college.

According to the foundation, it’s leveraged $625 million in financial aid and scholarships, as well as offered guidance and support to help 60,000 students achieve their higher education goals. 

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