For nearly four decades, Project Discovery has worked with thousands of students in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Project Discovery assists students from predominantly low to moderate-income households or students who would be the first in the family to attend college.
The WJCC Project Discovery program combines a nationally recognized curriculum of workshops that improve study skills, time management, and financial planning with assistance to students and parents applying for both admissions and financial aid.
Project Discovery also takes students to college campuses where they can meet with financial aid and admissions officers, talk with students and professors, and see for themselves that college is attainable and important.
Project Discovery believes that hardworking, meritorious students should not be deprived of an opportunity to attend college simply because of a lack of funding.
What is Project Discovery?
What is the vision of the Program?
Our vision is to see every participating WJCC student graduate from high school and, for those who have the desire and ability attend post-secondary education.
What is the history of the Program?
Project Discovery, Inc. was started as a pilot program by Total Action for Progress (TAP) in Roanoke, VA in 1979 in response to low college matriculation rates for low-income students. Over the years, Project Discovery expanded into a statewide program (Project Discovery, Inc.) that serves Lafayette High School, Warhill High School, and Jamestown High School along with 121 other schools in 51 school districts across the state of Virginia. Throughout its 33-year history, Project Discovery has proven to be an effective method for improving postsecondary matriculation, performance, and graduation rates for disadvantaged students across the state of Virginia.
Middle and high School Students
Starting as early as middle school, students can participate in activities including cultural workshops, guidance in class selection, SOL and SAT preparatory classes, workshops in both financial aid and college life, and college campus tours.
fee waivers & scholarships
Some participants may qualify for SAT fee waivers, college fee waivers, and special scholarship opportunities.
college campus tours
Project Discovery takes seniors on trips to college campuses. This is a great time to see what campuses look like, talk with enrolled students and professors, see the dorms and taste the food in the cafeteria.
Project Discovery has changed me as a person and expanded my horizons. Project Discovery exposed me to new experiences that have led to who I am now.
Project Discovery Participant