Project Discovery

Helping Students Reach Horizons Unlimited!

About Project Discovery

Project Discovery is a college access program serving Tazewell County Middle School and High School Students since 1986.  Our goals are to. . .

  • Prepares students for access to post-secondary education
  • Keeps students in school
  • Helps students perform well in school, enroll in college preparatory courses, improve attitudes and parents. improve their knowledge about college, though  specialized workshops and activities, including college campus visits and cultural enrichment activities

The program is funded through the Virginia Department of Education, United Way of Virginia Highlands and community support. There is no cost to the student to join. The purpose of Project Discovery is to enhance the knowledge of first generation students and their parents of post-secondary education. This is accomplished through workshops and college campus visits. There are at least seven college campus visits throughout the year. Every trip is chaperoned by volunteers and parents along with Project Discovery staff.

Project Discovery offers SAT and ACT fee waivers and waivers for college applications. The program provides information on all colleges and will gather any information requested by the student or parent. The office also writes letters of recommendation and helps with other referrals.


Additionally, the program provides students with workshops that focus on the following, but not limited to:

  • Orientation/ Goal Setting
  • Financial Aid/Scholarship
  • Selection/Admissions College
  • SAT/ Test taking
  • Financial Literacy
  • Bullying
  • Study skills/Time Management
  • Legislative Understanding
  • Life Skills/Well Being/Self-Esteem
  • Leadership
  • Environmental
  • Community Service
Campus Visits

The program shows the students the differences between college by taking them on campus visits to large vs small, public vs. private, cost, location, and so much more.  Here are some of the different colleges we have visited over the years:

  • Bluefield College
  • Valley College
  • National Business College
  • Virginia Tech
  • SWCC
  • Radford University
  • UVA of Wise
  • Appalachian School of Law
  • Pikeville University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • VHCC-Abingdon
  • East TN State University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Hampton & Sydney College
  • Washington & Lee University
  • Appalachian School of Pharmacy
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • University of Richmond
  • Marshall University

Each student is to attend and participate in a workshop and field trip once a month.

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