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Hampton High, Phoebus High participate in SOAR Virginia Scholarship Program

Hampton High School and Phoebus High School are joining 70 other schools across the Commonwealth of Virginia to participate in the SOAR Virginia Scholarship Program.  This program is sponsored through a partnership with the Virginia529 College Savings Plan and Project Discovery of Virginia, Inc.  The schools are also working with the Office of Human Affairs.

The local coordinator at the Office of Human Affairs will work with school counselors to enroll a cohort of 15 students in the 10th grade.  The students, upon successful completion of the program in their 10th grade year, will have a Virginia 529 College Savings Plan opened in their name with an initial deposit of $500.  An additional $500 will be added at the end of their 11th grade year upon completion of the program and $1,000 at the end of their 12th grade year if the entire program is completed.

An additional 15 students will be selected to participate during each 10th grade class.

SOAR Virginia is an early commitment program that provides financial support and college preparatory assistance to eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors at served schools. Approximately 1,500 students participated in 2014-2015, the fifth year of the program’s existence.

Virginia529 partners with college access providers to advise students on academic preparation and financial literacy, as well as help 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. 

To receive the scholarship, participating students must meet program requirements including
maintaining a 2.5 grade point average, performing community service and complying with their school’s code of student conduct.

“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.   “Because of these two organizations, students are able to see tangible evidence of college affordability while receiving solid programmatic support that prepares them academically, financially and socially for attendance at two and four-year colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.”

About Virginia529 College Savings Plan:
Virginia529 is a 529 college savings plan that offers flexible, affordable, tax-advantaged savings for qualified higher education expenses through its four programs: Virginia529 prePAID SM (prePAID SM), Virginia529 inVEST SM (inVEST SM), CollegeAmerica® and CollegeWealth®. More than $55 billion in assets under management and 2.4 million accounts as of July 31, 2015 make Virginia529 the largest 529 plan available.

For more information on Virginia529’s college savings options, visit Virginia529.com or call 1-888-567-0540 to obtain program materials. These include information on Virginia529 programs, investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses and other important information. All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.  Virginia529 encourages prospective participants to seek the advice of a professional concerning any financial, tax or legal implications related to opening an account. For residents of states other than Virginia: your state or the beneficiary’s state of residence (if different) may sponsor a 529 plan that offers state income tax and other benefits not available to you through Virginia529 College Savings Plan. ©2015 Virginia College Savings Plan.  All Rights Reserved.

About Project Discovery:
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. Learn more at www.projectdiscovery.org


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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

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