Correction: Virginia Tidewater Consortium receives $500,000 federal grant is your source for free local news and information in Virginia Beach

A consortium of postsecondary schools in Hampton Roads will receive a $494,575 grant from the U.S. Department of Education this year.

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced the award last week, as part of more than $9.5 million in federal funding for Virginia schools, colleges and universities. The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC) received the largest of the five grants in its category, a combined $1.4 million in federal funding from the Educational Opportunity Centers program, which provides college-admissions information and counseling to adults who wish to start or continue postsecondary education, according to the Department of Education’s website.

Recipients of the federal educational-opportunity grants are:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University: $236,000
  • Virginia State University: $236,900
  • Virginia Tidewater Consortium: $494,575
  • Danville Community College: $236,000
  • Portsmouth Public Schools: $235,468

VTC is a consortium of 13 institutions of higher education in the Hampton Roads area, including ODU, according to VTC’s website. Its purpose is to boost educational opportunities for Tidewater residents.

The grant’s purpose is to assist in outreach that encourages adults to receive postsecondary education, Dr. Lawrence G. Dotolo, president of VTC, said in a phone interview. The consortium will focus on assisting adults from low-income backgrounds, he added.


Correction: A previous version of the article stated, based on a release from the office of Sen. Mark Warner, that the $494,575 federal grant would go to the Old Dominion University Research Foundation. After the article was posted, Dr. Dotolo clarified that the grant will be administered by the research foundation, but the recipient of the funds will be VTC.