Seven Say Yes Guilford Scholars Receive $10,000 HBCU Scholarship

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Seven Say Yes Guilford Scholars Receive $10,000 HBCU Scholarship

GREENSBORO, NC (August 16, 2018) – Seven Say Yes Guilford scholars are set to receive a $10,000 scholarship as they attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) this fall. The students can use the scholarship to pay toward the cost of attendance, including – but not limited to – tuition.

The scholarships are part of a new program launched by Say Yes to Education in partnership with KeyBank Foundation and BMO Capital Markets. In total, 13 students from among Say Yes to Education’s three community-wide chapters in Buffalo and Syracuse, New York, and Guilford County will receive the scholarships. “Say Yes is about the future and success of our children and communities,” said Margot Copeland, Chairman and CEO of the KeyBank Foundation. “The KeyBank Foundation invests in Say Yes because it allows students to thrive on their own terms, and reinvest their successes with families, friends and communities. I cannot wait to see how that comes to life with this impressive class of HBCU scholarship award winners.”

“We are proud to support an organization that creates such a deep and lasting impact within the communities it serves,” said Carl Kirst, Managing Director and Head, U.S. Equity Research, BMO Capital Markets. “Say Yes to Education’s HBCU scholarship celebrates outstanding academic and personal achievement, and we look forward to following the recipients’ journeys through their post-secondary schooling and beyond.”

According to Say Yes President and Chief Operating Officer Gene Chasin, partnerships like the collaboration with Key Bank and BMO Capital Markets is about opening more doors for students. “A cornerstone of the Say Yes to Education approach is facilitating an array of postsecondary opportunities for our Scholars, including those at the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities,’’ said Chasin. “We congratulate the Say Yes HBCU Scholarship award winners, and thank KeyBank Foundation and BMO Capital Markets for helping make those scholarships possible.”

The HBCU scholarship recipients were selected by representatives from the scholarship boards of each of the three Say Yes communitywide chapters (Buffalo and Syracuse in New York, and Guilford County in North Carolina) along with staff from the national Say Yes to Education office. More than 70 applications were received from the three chapters and the students were evaluated on their academic preparation and success potential, financial and other need for the scholarship, and potential match to the HBCU of their choice. The listing below includes the students’ names and college where they plan to attend this fall.

Name                                      Say Yes Chapter       HBCU of Choice

Bianca Briscoe                        Say Yes Guilford         Howard University

Yasmine Gibson                     Say Yes Guilford         Clark Atlanta University

Kyrah Lymas                          Say Yes Guilford         Bethune-Cookman University

Arionna Merriweather             Say Yes Guilford         Spelman College

Jordyn Starr                            Say Yes Guilford         Spelman College

Dè Tafari                                 Say Yes Guilford         Morgan State University

The Say Yes HBCU Scholars were eligible to attend any HBCU in the nation, public or private, with the following exception: In instances in which students have been admitted to an in-state public college or university that is designated as an HBCU, or to Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, or Simmons College of Kentucky – two private HBCU’s that are members of the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact – then Say Yes’s last-dollar tuition policy at these institutions takes precedence. The HBCU scholarship awards up to $10,000 per year for each of the selected students. The students have up to five years to complete the eight semesters of a college degree covered by the scholarship.



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