College Access

Research shows that students who visit college campuses early are more likely to go to college.

In order to expand college and post-secondary access for all students, The Education Alliance is pleased to partner with the Higher Education Policy Commission again this year to offer college visit grants.  This year, the funding from these grants has been used to support 35 West Virginia middle schools in increasing student participation in statewide College Visits.

The grant enables participating schools to receive funding and technical support to engage their 7th grade students in college visits of 2-year or 4-year institutions in the State of West Virginia. The visit is free to all students, and the money can be used for more than one campus site visit. Each visiting school must follow its county's field trip policy.

For more information contact Beth Bowden at 304-342-7850 (phone) or

Participating Schools

In 2019-2020, 35 middle schools received college visit grants.

  • Barboursville Middle, Cabell
  • Barboursville Middle School, Cabell
  • Bluefield Middle School, Mercer
  • Brooke Middle School, Brooke
  • Bruceton School, Preston
  • Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School, Upshur
  • Chapmanville Middle School, Logan
  • Clay Middle School, Clay
  • Duval Pk-8, Lincoln
  • East Bank Middle School, Kanawha
  • Elkins Middle School, Randolph
  • Fayetteville Pre K-8, Fayette
  • Glenwood School, Mercer
  • Green Bank Elementary Middle School, Pocahontas
  • Hedgesville Middle School, Berkeley
  • Huntington Middle School, Cabell
  • Marlinton Middle School, Pocahontas
  • Mountain Ridge Middle School, Berkeley
  • Oak Hill Middle School, Fayette
  • Park Middle School, Raleigh
  • Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants
  • Poca Middle School, Putnam
  • Princeton Middle School, Mercer
  • Sandy River Middle School, McDowell
  • Sissonville Middle, Kanawha
  • Spencer Middle School, Roane
  • Spring Mills Middle School, Berkeley
  • Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Kanawha
  • Summers Middle School, Summers
  • Taylor County Middle School, Taylor
  • Warm Springs Middle School, Morgan
  • Webster County High School, Webster
  • Weir Middle, Hancock
  • West Preston School, Preston
  • Martinsburg South Middle School, Berkeley


Click below to access resources for College Grant grantees.

2019-2020 is the second year that The Education Alliance has sponsored the College Visit grant. Click below to see how many schools have previously taken advantage of this amazing opportunity.

2018-2019 School Year

  • Baileysville Middle, Wyoming
  • Blennerhassett Middle School, Wood
  • Bluefield Middle School, Lewis
  • Braxton County Middle School, Braxton
  • Buckhannon-Upshur Middle, Upsher
  • Clay County Middle School, Clay
  • Collins Middle School, Fayette
  • Frankfort Middle School, Mineral
  • Huntington Middle School, Cabell
  • Marlinton Middle, Pocahontas
  • McKinley Middle School, Kanawha
  • Park Middle School, Raleigh
  • Pleasants County Middle School, Pleasants
  • Princeton Middle School, Mercer
  • Roane County Schools, Roane
  • Robert L. Bland Middle School
  • Sherman Junior High, Boone
  • South Middle School, Monogalia
  • South Preston, Preston
  • Spring Mills Middle, Berkeley
  • Stonewall Jackson Middle, Kanawha
  • Taylor County Middle School, Taylor
  • Warm Springs Middle, Morgan
  • Webster County High School, Webster