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Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP)

  • Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP)
  • 4551 Cox Road
    Suite 115
  • Glen Allen, VA 23060
  • (804) 527-7726
  • Jessica Horswell
  • Program Manager
  • (804) 527-7772

Program Description

GRASP is a non-profit, charitable, college-access organization that assists students and families in obtaining funding for post-secondary education. GRASP will help students and their families, regardless of their financial resources and at no charge to them, develop an educational plan by:

1. Assisting them with the financial aid process;

2. Awarding and administering scholarships;

3. Inspiring them to believe that secondary and post-secondary education are attainable; and

4. Supporting them during the completion of their post-secondary education.

The goal is to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school, regardless of financial or social circumstances.

GRASP advisors are placed at participating Virginia high schools and schools for students with disabilities. They are adept at navigating the college financial aid system and the processes required to make a post-secondary educational plan a reality. Advisors work without charge to the students and their families primarily through individual in-school meetings. They also present financial aid seminars in libraries and other public forums.

Success Stories

"I am the first in my family to graduate from college. GRASP is a wonderful organization that helps students like me attain post secondary education. I knew that I was going to college, I just didn't know how. My GRASP Advisor helped me with the college application process and helped me receive all of the financial aid that I qualify for. I am very grateful for everything that GRASP has done for me and my family and I hope to one day give back to the organization that gave me so much." says Selma Avdic.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 6000
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 80%