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GRASP hires new president and CEO, Todd Martin

GRASP (GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, career and a college-access organization, recently hired Todd Martin as its new president and CEO.

The goal of GRASP is to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school regardless of financial or social circumstances.

Martin comes to GRASP after a 30-year career with the Boy Scouts of America. He most recently served as the Virginia deputy scout executive for Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council. Martin also served as director of field service, director support services, finance director, and senior district executive for the organization.

He began his association with the Boy Scouts in his youth and obtained Eagle Scout classification. “During a time of unprecedented challenges facing our students, Martin’s experience will be just the kind of steady hand our organization needs for us to continue to meet the evolving demands of the future,” Ken Dye, GRASP board chairman, said.

Martin is a graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in government and is also a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. He received the Stettinius Fund for Non-profit Leadership Award from the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond in 2017.

Martin’s community service has included: Rotary Club, Meals on Wheels participant, Habitat for Humanity participant, and Cookies for Kids’ Cancer fundraising participant.

At its core, the GRASP program model has always been in-school advisors coaching students and parents about the financial aid process for post-secondary education/training, presenting financial aid education in school classroom settings, and delivering financial aid seminars in libraries and other public forums.