Say Yes Guilford Offering $10,000 HBCU Scholarships
GREENSBORO, NC (January 9, 2018) – Starting with students entering college in the fall of 2018, Say Yes Guilford is offering a limited number of scholarships to eligible Say Yes scholars admitted to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). Selected students will receive scholarship grants of up to $10,000 to pay toward the cost of attendance, including but not limited to tuition.
Funding for the scholarships comes from a generous donor to Say Yes to Education’s national program. Scholarships to HBCU’s will be divided among selected students in each of the three Say Yes communitywide chapters (Buffalo, Syracuse, Guilford County). Those students awarded Say Yes scholarships to an HBCU will be eligible to receive the award for up to five years and the scholarship can be used by this year’s graduating high school seniors to attend any HBCU in the nation, public or private, with the following exception:
In instances in which students have been admitted to a North Carolina public college or university that is designated as a HBCU, or to Bennett College or Simmons College of Kentucky – two private HBCU’s that are members of the Say Yes Higher Education Compact – then Say Yes’s local chapter tuition-only policy at those institutions will take precedence, and those students will not be eligible for the $10,000 scholarship.
To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and log into the Say Yes Guilford eScholarship Portal at www.sayyesguilford.org to indicate which HBCU they are applying to along with a personal statement addressing why the student wants to attend a HBCU. Students will also be required to provide a high school transcript (if available) or grade point average, the family’s adjusted gross income, and the expected family contribution noted on their completed FAFSA.
The deadline to complete the application is February 15 and the recipients will be selected by April 2. More information, including frequently asked questions about the scholarship, is available online at www.sayyesguilford.org/hbcuscholarships.
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About Say Yes Guilford – Say Yes to Education Guilford was formally announced on September 17, 2015. Guilford County vied with more than two dozen mid-sized cities and counties throughout the United States to become the next community partner for Say Yes to Education, Inc., a national nonprofit based in New York. Say Yes to Education Guilford seeks to help Guilford County Schools system students get the support they need to graduate from high school and be ready for post-secondary success. This support starts with the youngest learners and continues until students graduate from college or postsecondary programs. In addition, the program provides tuition and other postsecondary scholarship support to eligible Guilford County Schools graduates to aid in the costs associated with completing a college or a postsecondary certificate. For more information, visit www.SayYesGuilford.org.
About Say Yes National – Founded in 1987, Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that partners with communities around the goals of every public school student not only graduating high school – but doing so prepared for a college or other postsecondary education, and with access to resources to make that education affordable. At the heart of Say Yes is a powerful incentive for families and communities: the prospect of a college scholarship, whether to an in-state public institution or one of the more than 100 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact.
Say Yes and its partners ensure that students have the support outside the classroom – tutoring; after-school and summer programs; medical care; counseling and legal help – to clear the path to academic achievement. Say Yes works with its community partners to bring together every local stakeholder – city and county government; the school district; parents; teachers; businesses; unions; philanthropic and faith-based organizations; colleges and universities – and arms that coalition with the tools to boost postsecondary participation and success. Those systems and structures enable the work of the local Say Yes partnership to go to scale and be sustained through predictable transitions in leadership, and historically unpredictable funding from state and local sources. The organization’s support services are available to nearly 140,000 public school students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
Most are in communitywide chapters in Syracuse (a pilot that began in 2008) and Buffalo (2012), as well as Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina (2015). Say Yes, which has already begun the search for its fourth community chapter, has smaller chapters in Harlem in New York City and Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.SayYestoEducation.org.