NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Twenty-two hundred students from 30 different high schools in South Hampton Roads celebrated ‘College Commitment Day’ on Tuesday.

It was a third annual event held by ACCESS College Foundation to commemorate students committing to a college and filing their FAFSA forms to acquire funding for their education.

The President of ACCESS College Foundation, Bonnie Sutton said getting students funding is one of their main goals.

“They [students] are working with the ACCESS College Foundation to find the most money and scholarships they can for their college opportunity,” said Sutton.

ACCESS College Foundation provides students, who may not have the opportunity, the path to attend and complete college. They work with students at participating middle schools through college. Their goal is to eliminate barriers to higher education and increase college enrollment among underrepresented and low-income students.

At Tuesday’s event, students held up signs with their committed schools on them and posted pictures to social media with the hashtag #IGOTIN2018 to celebrate the moment.

Some students, like Diamond Daniels of Suffolk, received scholarships at the event.

“This my third scholarship so far and I’m so excited. I just want to say thank you for giving people like me a chance to go to college,” said Daniels.

Sutton said their college commitment day is meant to encourage students in the next journey of their lives.

“We think it’s really important to acknowledge that and say yay you, yay student for making this decision to further your life to go in a positive direction and really make a difference,” said Sutton.

Students have until May 1st to officially commit to their college of choice.

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