Congratulations to the students and staff at James B. Dudley High School, winners of the 2021 Say Yes Guilford March Madness Championship. Dudley’s percentage of students registering for the scholarships topped Southern Guilford’s in the final week of competition, securing a $1000 donation to the school’s counseling department and bragging rights for the year. Dudley seniors will also receive a prize.
All 28 high schools began the race for the title in early March, each encouraging their seniors to register for Say Yes scholarships and increasing their school’s chance of moving forward in the competition. Scoring was based on a school’s percentage of seniors who have fully completed their Say Yes registration. Dudley finished with an impressive 55% of students completing the Say Yes Guilford application.
Say Yes Guilford works closely year-round with Guilford County Schools to increase graduates’ postsecondary success and increasing FAFSA completion is a core part of that goal. Families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to qualify for scholarships and financial aid, critical to many students completing their education. As part of the Say Yes Scholarship Registration process, students completed the FAFSA, making them eligible for federal grants, loans and additional scholarships.
Every GCS high school has graduates who are continuing their education with Say Yes Guilford support – $8.7 million among more than 1400 students in the 2019-20 school year alone.
Say Yes Guilford is committed to providing access to support services and scholarships designed to prepare Guilford County Schools’ students for success in college, career and life. Since its inception in 2015, Say Yes Guilford has awarded over 10.3 million to GCS graduates, and our partnership with more than 100 private colleges and universities provided another $18.2 million for a total impact of over $28.5 million.
Say Yes Guilford scholarship registration is open for GCS seniors through June 1, 2021.