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“Say Yes” Hires Guilford County Executive Director

“Say Yes” Hires Guilford County Executive Director
October 19, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — “Say Yes to Education” has hired an executive director to oversee operations in its Guilford County program.

Mary Vigue, an assistant city manager for the City of Greensboro, will be in charge of Say Yes Guilford.

In September, “Say Yes” announced Guilford County would be the program’s next partner.

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“Say Yes to Education” is a national program that provides students with last-dollar tuition scholarships. Those scholarships provide high school graduates with money for tuition, not already covered by other scholarships and grants. The program does not cover room and board, and other college expenses.

“Say Yes” also offers programs and resources for students still in high school. The program will keep track of students’ absences, missed homework assignments and other signs a child is falling behind. Based on what the child is struggling with, they’ll get help from services like mental health clinics, tutoring, and after-school programs. The “Say Yes” initiative calls those wraparound services.

READ MORE: Say Yes to Education: Your Questions Answered 

GCS students accepted into a two- or four-year state college or university will be eligible for last-dollar tuition scholarships. Those scholarships provide high school graduates with money for tuition, not already covered by other scholarships and grants.

“Say Yes” partners with 100 private colleges and universities across the country. Those schools will waive tuition costs for “Say Yes” students whose parents make less than $75,000 a year. Families that make more than $75,000 a year will be eligible for a $5,000 annual scholarship from the local “Say Yes” fund.

Say Yes Guilford has been a community wide effort. Guilford County had to raise $28 million in private pledges and get support from local government entities to qualify.

The initiative has already collect $32 million in pledges. Say Yes Guilford will require about $70 million to be self-sustaining in the future.

The class of 2016 will be the first to benefit from the program.

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