GRASP awards scholarships to 31 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 163 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $161,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2014 – including 31 to Henrico students.

“We had an overwhelming number of scholarship applicants this year and were most impressed with the talent of our GRASP students. It is always exciting to be able to award deserving students our Last Dollar Scholarships which give students that extra financial bonus toward achieving their post-secondary education dreams,” said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO. “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.”

The Henrico County Public Schools students who received scholarships were: Ashley Awosika, Amalachukur Anene, Adel Ayad, Andrea Ball,
Ashlynn Bell, Lil Bruneta-Souto, Megan Cline, Alexis Cosby, Mercedes Delvalle, Christopher Ferguson, Jadasia Ferrell, Dong Chen Guan, Matthew Hodges, Kenneth Johnson, Autumn Lewis-Eaddy, Hamid Mahabad, Timothy Maxwell, Helen McKinley, Brianna Ong, Chelsea Perry, Breona Pritchett, Kimberly Quinn, Courtney Sadler, Kirrill Shalakov, James Strong-Brodie, Tasneem Sunny, Deonna Tinsley, E'Shay Winfield, Chinarah Winston and Sarah Worthy.

Northstar Academy student Christopher Perry also earned a scholarship.

GRASP is dedicated to helping primarily 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 70 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 6,200 students and their families in developing post-secondary education game plans and leveraged more than an estimated $69 million in financial aid.
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