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Project 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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Super FAFSA Project Virginia has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid to offer a free webinar.
The webinar is FREE and OPEN to all Virginians (students, parents, counselors, access providers, etc.).
How to Complete the FAFSA Tutorial
Thursday, February 11 at 5:30PM
Register now at http://tinyurl.com/SFPWeb2
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Super FAFSA Project Virginia is a FAFSA completion initiative brought to you by ECMC and SCHEV.
Governor Terry McAuliffe and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe to Serve as Co-Chairs
On December 16, 2015, Governor McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced the 5th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for high school junior and senior girls.
The Council will award five $5,000 scholarships to female junior or senior high school students who will be pursuing a STEM career at an institution of higher education. One scholarship will be awarded in each of five geographic regions across the state. Additional scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of the Council.
To be eligible, one must be a female who resides in Virginia, be enrolled as a junior or senior in high school and hold at least a 2.5 GPA. Applications and guidelines are available online at: http://www.commonwealth.virginia.gov/council-on-women/. Entries must be submitted by February 8, 2016. Essays will be judged by a panel of Council members and women who hold a degree in or work in STEM fields.
Winners will be notified by March 28, 2016. The scholarship awards will be presented at a reception at the Executive Mansion on April 20, 2016.
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.
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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!