Lynchburg Beacon of Hope

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Leidra McQueen
Primary Contact Name
Leidra McQueen
Main Address

2600 Memorial Avenue
Suite 106
Lynchburg, VA 24501
United States

What We Do

The future of Lynchburg and our region’s economic core depends on our collective ability to maximize the potential of our young people now. Beacon of Hope exists to give Lynchburg’s young people fair and equitable access to higher education and technical certification training programs after high school. This goal is universal in scope while also specifically assisting economically disadvantaged students and first-generation students – the first in their family to attend college. This kind of proactive investment in Lynchburg’s youth ensures a secure economic future—not just for our young workers and their families—but for this region as a whole. Through Beacon of Hope’s innovative High School Future Centers, middle and elementary school college access programming that is flourishing in our City Schools, bridge programs connecting our LCS graduates to college and careers, college success programs ensuring that students make a successful transition into college and university, and financial aid navigation available to families across the community—Lynchburg Beacon of Hope is working to change the workforce development landscape in Lynchburg.

Interesting Info
  • More than 740 LCS students have received scholarships to pursue college or technical certification from Beacon of Hope since 2012.
  • 46% of the LCS Class of 2020 chose to utilize Beacon of Hope's Stay Close, Go Far Promise, receiving financial and personal support for their future.
  • Seven million dollars have been invested by the Lynchburg community to help pay for student scholarships for the Classes of 2019-2026, and hopefully beyond.
Geographic Location

City of Lynchburg