Roanoke-based Advance Auto Parts plans to donate $125,000 this year to the Community College Access Program (CCAP).
The automotive parts retailer said the donation is part of an ongoing partnership to help make college possible for local high school graduates.
Launched in 2008, CCAP involves public and private partnerships administered by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.
The needs-based program covers the cost of tuition for two years at Virginia Western for students who meet program guidelines.
CCAP is currently available to graduating high school students in the Roanoke city, Salem city and Franklin County school systems. It served more than 160 students in the 2011-12 academic year, and more than 500 applications were received for 2012-13.
The fundation is seeking additional partners and funds to launch the program in the Botetourt, Craig and Roanoke county school systems. A $7 million College Access Campaign is currently under way.
Advance Auto Parts will have a scholarship named in its honor awarded next fall to a student attending Virginia Western.
Virginia Western Community College has more than 13,000 students on the college’s main campus in Southwest Roanoke and has satellite locations at the Roanoke Higher Education Center in downtown Roanoke, Greenfield Education & Training Center in Daleville and the Franklin Center in Rocky Mount.
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