Say Yes to Education Guilford

Helping Guilford County Schools' students get to and through college.

Students and Families Invited to Meet with Private Colleges Sept. 13

Guilford County Schools’ students considering applying to a private college or university can meet with representatives from over 40 schools during a free reception and forum September 13.

John M. Belk Endowment Grants $5.5 Million to Say Yes Guilford

The John M. Belk Endowment, a private family foundation committed to building a stronger North Carolina through providing postsecondary access, has granted $5.5 million to Say Yes Guilford.

Say Yes Guilford Receives $1M from Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Say Yes Guilford to support educational wraparound and support services.

Recent Graduates, Say Yes to Meet First Lady

Two members of the Guilford County Schools class of 2016 are joining Say Yes Guilford as guests at First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher “Beating the Odds” Summit

It's FAFSA Time!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open October 1, 2016. Guilford County Schools seniors who plan to enroll in college in 2017 must complete the FAFSA to be considered eligible for the Say Yes Guilford Scholarship. Students who are in college and received a Say Yes Guilford scholarship must also complete the FAFSA again. Check here for more information about the FAFSA.

What’s Next for Guilford County Schools Seniors?

If you are a member of Guilford County Schools’ class of 2017, click here to get a “Rising Seniors Checklist” with information on what you need to do to be ready to register for a Say Yes last-dollar tuition scholarship.

Our Partners

Efforts like Say Yes Guilford need support from civic leaders, funders, institutions of higher education and policymakers – all in pursuit of developing the gifts and talents of young people. We believe that when a community comes together, it has the capacity to effectively and sustainably redefine expectations and to build pathways to postsecondary education and careers.


Our Community

What does bringing Say Yes to Education Guilford mean for our students, parents, and community?

More Support

Public school students will have the supports they need to graduate from high school and be ready for post-secondary success. Support starts with our youngest learners and doesn’t end until our students complete a college degree or earns a post-secondary certificate.

Economic Change

Businesses have good reason to start operations or relocate to our county — a more educated workforce, access for employees to tuition scholarships and supports, and solid schools. Other Say Yes communities have seen growth in the tax base and experienced rising property values, too.

College Access

Post-secondary tuition can be expensive, but Say Yes Guilford has graduates of the Guilford County Schools system covered. Through last-dollar tuition scholarships, every public school graduate in Guilford County will be able afford to complete a college degree or post-secondary certificate —starting with the class of 2016.


Say Yes was founded in 1987 by money manager George Weiss, who promised to prepare 112 Philadelphia sixth graders for college, and to pay their college tuition if they graduated high school. Say Yes now helps entire communities make a similar commitment to every public high school student. Say Yes Guilford was launched in September 2015.

Contact Us

Are you inspired by the goals and approach of Say Yes Guilford? We invite you to reach out to learn more about how you can get involved.