• Turn Awareness into Action.


    Academic Scholars Program in Real Environments (ASPiRE) enriches and deepens students' understanding of their capacity to create positive change in communities through coursework, co-curricular experiences and a vibrant residential environment.



ASPiRE students live in the heart of VCU’s campus in the new West Grace South Residence Hall for two years.

ASPiRE Living


Aspire Learning

ASPiRE students take a four-semester curricular sequence designed specifically for the program.

ASPiRE Learning


Community Engagement

ASPiRE students work with community partners to address critical community needs.

ASPiRE Engagement

Attend a Fall 2018 Open House

VCU ASPiRE welcomes interested students to attend an open house to learn more about the living-learning program.

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Recent ASPiRE News

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    Drs. Cage, Corley and Barnes
    ASPiRE Announces Three New Faculty Fellows, New Format
    Sep 25, 2018

    Dr. Ashlee Barnes, assistant professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs; Dr. Jamie Cage, assistant professor in the School of Social Work; and Nicole Corely, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, will collaborate with community partner The Generating Recovery of Academic Direction (GRAD) Center.

    ASPiRE trip to Belize
    VCU ASPiRE Organizes Summer Camp on 5th Trip to Belize
    Aug 22, 2018

    VCU ASPiRE and VCU LEAD participants traveled to Belize in July to partner with the Sand Hill community.

“ASPiRE has changed me into a more culturally competent individual. I have become inspired to fight for the underrepresented and less fortunate, and I feel as if I am part of a giant family.”- Andrew Batz, ASPiRE student