What Can Project Discovery Do

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What Can Project Discovery Do

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For nearly three decades Project Discovery has positively impacted thousands of students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Sign Up NowProject Discovery is a post-secondary access program currently offered through 24 Partner Agencies throughout Virginia in grades 4 to 12. Project Discovery encourages students to stay in and graduate high school and provides resources and tools for students to successfully make the transition to post-secondary education.

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 End of Year Tax Planning

Project Discovery has Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits. These tax credits are awarded to Project Discovery through a competitive grant process.  If an individual makes a donation of at least $500.00, Project Discovery can give the donor a credit of 65% of the value of their donation, or $325.00 on a $500.00 donation.

This way the donor can take the federal charitable giving deduction, lowering their federal and state income tax, and then apply the tax credit against state income tax obligation.  Unused portions of the tax credit can be carried over for two years.

Qualifying donations made before December 31, 2015 generate tax credits for 2015.  After January 1, 2016, the credits are applicable to the 2016 tax year. Businesses must donate at least $616.00.

If you have questions, contact Bill Scharrer at 540-556-1916 or wscharrer@projectdiscovery.org. 


Virginiause 529 Partners with Project Discovery to Provide Scholarships to Students


Virginia529 College Savings Plan (Virginia529) has expanded its scholarship program for high school students in a new partnership with Project Discovery of Virginia, Inc. (Project Discovery). The expansion adds 10 districts to the 38 currently participating.

Virginia529 partners with Project Discovery to offer SOAR Virginia in the Bristol, Buchanan, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Colonial Heights, Hampton, Newport News, Russell, Tazewell and Washington school districts.

As a SOAR Virginia college access provider, Project Discovery advises students throughout the commonwealth on academic preparation and financial literacy, as well as helps them apply for college admission and financial aid. Each participant also can earn a SOAR Virginia scholarship of up to $2,000 to apply to postsecondary tuition and fees. 

 "SOAR Virginia makes higher education accessible to students who might otherwise not attempt college or career school," said Mary G. Morris, CEO of Virginia529. "Whatever is holding them back-finances, knowledge about the application process or simply the right encouragement- SOAR Virginia students receive needed support to pursue their dreams."

"This partnership between Project Discovery of Virginia and Virginia529 represents continued collaboration between two organizations vital to the citizens of the commonwealth, their educational futures and a well-prepared workforce for Virginia," said Dr. Barry W. Simmons, Sr., president of the board of Project Discovery.  

Changes for the 2017-18 FAFSA

On Monday, September 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. We want to inform you about these changes and provide you with tools and information you can use.

To assist you and your students in learning about these changes, the U.S. Department of Education and the White House have prepared several informational pieces (a fact sheet, FAQ, etc.). You can access some of them at FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov/fafsa-changes.


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How you can help

Project Discovery needs your help.  Our hardworking and meritorious students can get the grades and study hard, but we need to help them find the resources to pay for college.  Listed below are links that will take you to various ways that you can support Project Discovery students.

Project Discovery has access to Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits.  A donation of $500.00 or more ($1,000.00 for businesses) can produce beneficial tax credits.  Click Donate Now for details.

You can now make donations directly to Project Discovery via PayPal.  Click on the "Donate Now" and you will be able to direct your contribution to your local Project Discovery program, the general state-wide program, or both!


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