Guilford County Schools’ graduate Victory Drumwright moved around a little growing up, following her mom from Bluford, later to Andrews and finally to Northeast Guilford where she graduated in 2020. As the daughter of a teacher, she knew the importance of a good education, and thanks to help from Say Yes Guilford she’s on track to a college degree.

Say Yes Guilford awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships to GCS graduates in the 2021-22 school year. Scholarship awards totaled $1,144,442 including last-dollar tuition awards and opportunity grants to 742 students attending North Carolina public institutions and partner private institutions.

Drumwright was one of the graduates representing every GCS school to receive the award this year. “Being in a single parent household and in a pandemic, financially it’s been really hard, so receiving this scholarship has been such a blessing to ease some of the burden of being in college, helping me pay tuition and books.” Drumwright says. “It’s helped me in so many different ways.”

Since its inception in 2015, Say Yes Guilford has partnered with GCS to provide thousands of hours of tutoring, college prep and financial aid workshops, and career counseling to students. Thanks to generous community support SYG has awarded more than $12.6 million to GCS graduates, and our partnership with more than 100 private colleges and universities provided another $25.4 million for a total scholarship impact of more than $37.6 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.