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Say Yes To Education - Guilford

Say Yes to Education – Guilford is a nonprofit that revitalizes communities by helping them give every eligible public high school graduate access to college or other postsecondary scholarships. Say Yes Guilford community partnerships also make available supports and services to develop the gifts and talents of each child.

Helping more high schoolers “say yes” to college.

In 2015, representatives of Guilford Education Alliance, Guilford County Schools, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and High Point Community Foundation came together to help bring Say Yes to Education to our community.

Guilford County competed with more than two dozen mid-sized cities and counties throughout the United States to become the next community-wide chapter of this national nonprofit based in New York. This “competition” became a robust, organic, and community-wide undertaking, involving volunteers from all corners of Guilford, and was one of the most successful fundraising efforts in the county’s history. Needless to say, we won.

Why is this initiative important to our community?

Say Yes Guilford helps public school students in Guilford County get the support they need to graduate from high school and be ready for post-secondary success. This support starts with the youngest learners and continues until students graduate from college or post-secondary programs. In addition, the program provides last-dollar tuition scholarships to Guilford County Schools graduates so they can afford to complete college or a post-secondary certificate.


What is the impact of this initiative?

As the program has taken shape, Say Yes Guilford has brought together major stakeholders with an interest in education, including representatives from throughout the Guilford County Schools, parents, students, government officials, business leaders, philanthropists, and faith-based organizations to raise funds for Say Yes scholarships.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters throughout Guilford County who also recognized the potential of Say Yes, as of the Guilford chapter’s official launch in 2015, nearly half of the funds needed to fully support a $70 million endowment had already been raised.


Total Say Yes Scholarship Impact Since 2016
Say Yes Guilford Private Compact Scholarships Since 2016
Total Say Yes Scholarship Recipients Since 2016

“I’m really happy. I’m right here. I can touch it. I can feel the changes that I’m going to be making in other people’s lives.”

— Neikya Slade, Say Yes Scholar, NC A&T Class of 2019

Ways you can support Say Yes Guilford

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Donate online

Make a one-time donation online of any amount.

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Donate via check

A check made out to “Say Yes to Education Guilford Scholarship Program” can be sent by mail to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro at:
301 North Elm St., Suite 100
Greensboro, NC 27401

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Stocks and other gifts

Gifts of stocks, securities, real estate, IRA distributions, or life insurance are accepted to support the Say Yes Guilford initiative. Stock gifts should be emailed to the Community Foundation and initiated through your broker. Please include details of stock name, number of shares, and which fund to credit.

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“I’m really happy. I’m right here. I can touch it. I can feel the changes that I’m going to be making in other people’s lives.”

— Neikya Slade, Say Yes Scholar, NC A&T Class of 2019

Applying for a scholarship from Say Yes Guilford

To be considered for the Say Yes to Education Guilford Scholarship Program, students must complete registration by June 1 of the student’s senior year of high school. Current seniors can complete the Say Yes Guilford Registration starting October 1.

To review the steps involved with registering for Say Yes Guilford:


To start the Say Yes Guilford registration process:

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