Guests were cordially invited to the 8th annual ACCESS Academies Scholarship Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis which was sponsored by The Vatterott Foundation.  The theme for the evening was Plant Roots Grow Brilliance.  Since 2005, 600 disadvantaged youth have received a top-quality, values-based education thanks to ACCESS Academies’ unique model of education.  ACCESS (Academies Creating Challenging Education for St. Louis Students) makes a seven-year commitment to each student, beginning in middle school, to support a robust academic curriculum, homework assistance, service projects and enrichment. ACCESS also supports mandatory summer school, and provides a school-based Graduate Support Director, who works directly with each student, and their family, from middle school, through high school, and into college.