• 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

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Apply to ASPiRE

VCU ASPiRE is open to all undergraduates who have at least two years of undergraduate studies remaining at VCU and are in good academic standing.

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“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