In the courtyard of E.C. Glass High School on Monday, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., discussed higher education accessibility with high school students and participants of Lynchburg’s post-secondary scholarship programs.

E.C. Glass was the first stop of Warner’s weeklong tour around communities in central Virginia. The event, attended by about 30 people, promoted Lynchburg’s Beacon of Hope organization and its Stay Close, Go Far project, which started last September and provides up to $8,000 scholarships to students who pursue post-secondary education at a local institution.

John Capps, president of Central Virginia Community College; Crystal Edwards, Lynchburg City Schools superintendent; and Gary Mignona, the CEO of Framatome, gave brief statements as well, thanking Warner and affirming the importance of Stay Close, Go

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