Guilford County — STEM Early College at NC A&T toppled Penn-Griffin School for the Arts to win Say Yes Guilford’s Scholarship Registration Competition. The school will receive $1000 to use in the counseling department and bragging rights for the year.
The competition began in February with all 28 GCS high schools in head to head competition to see which would increase Say Yes registration by the highest percentage. Week after week STEM took out their opponent increasing the percentage of seniors registering for Say Yes Guilford to 69%.
Holly Noel, counselor at STEM Early College at NC A&T says, “Guilford County Schools has done an amazing thing by partnering with Say Yes. They are offering their students an opportunity to receive funds that would otherwise not be afforded to them.” Noel meets individually with each senior during the college application period, and expenses are always part of the conversation. Over the past five weeks, she says she’s been sending regular reminders to register for Say Yes, even stopping students in the hallway to encourage it. “Paying for college is something that all of my seniors think about, and if completing a form can save them some money and worries, then the least I can do is annoy them with messages about filling it out. Thankfully, they did!”
21 graduates of the STEM Early College at NC A&T attended college in 2018-19 with Say Yes Guilford support, an impact of more than $146,000.
Over the course of the March Madness Competition, Say Yes Guilford saw a 10% increase in overall scholarship registration. Say Yes Guilford encourages every GCS senior to register for the scholarships, and registration is open now through June 1 at sayyesguilford.org.
Say Yes Guilford continues to support our scholars in college and high school seniors applying for scholarships through phone calls, emails and via our website, sayyesguilford.org. Since its inception, Say Yes Guilford has awarded over $8.6 million to GCS graduates, and our partnership with over 100 private colleges and universities provided another $11.3 million for a total impact of over $20 million.
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.