What We Do

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to instill in ALL Lynchburg City Public School students the aspiration to attain post-secondary education AND to provide the tools and resources to do so.

  • Ensure that all children who graduate from Lynchburg City Schools are prepared for the next step in life including four-year college, two-year college, trade school, technical degrees, industry certifications, or military options

  • Change the culture in the Lynchburg community to a PreK-16 school division

  • Create a stream of qualified, educationally-prepared talent for the greater Lynchburg workforce

  • Improve the quality of life in our community by investing in our most precious resource – our children – who are our future

  • Compile and disseminate data on current and continuing post-secondary education trends for Lynchburg’s youth

  • Provide college and career opportunities for those who would not be able to otherwise



Located in LCS High Schools to provide support for ALL LCS students and families in navigating financial aid and higher education


Last-dollar Beacon of Hope Scholarships to level the playing field for students to pursue and complete post-secondary education


Elementary and Middle School programs to plant the seeds of college and career goals for younger students


Mentors, advisers, and staff to diligently encourage students in leveraging all available resources toward what's next after graduation


Building partners within our community to provide funding and internship opportunities to retain our local intellectual capital

Stories From Beacon of Hope Scholars

Azariah Cox
EMU graduate, class of 2017