Students are the very core of shift_ed’s mission, and their success is at the heart of every partnership, program and dollar spent. We believe a kindergartener’s dreams are glimpses of the future, and we know the support they receive at home, school and in the community is key to making those dreams a reality. Get to know some of our scholars; we think you’ll agree, they’re worth it.
Makayla Key, UNC Class of 2024
Google “go getter,” and you might find a picture of Makayla Key.
Keonna Elliott, High Point University Class of 2026
An A student, she felt good about her chances of getting accepted, but worried about paying for the private school tuition. “The tuition alone was way out of the range of I what could pay,” Elliott says.
Hannah Williamson, Greensboro College Class of 2021, UNC-CH Class of 2024
After graduation from Southeast Guilford in 2017, she started her journey at Greensboro College with help from shift_ed. “I am paying my own way to college and getting loans. Knowing that I have an organization that is helping me through college has definitely reduced my stress.”
Victory Drumwright, Northeast Guilford Class of 2020
The daughter of a teacher always knew school came first. “Education is extremely important to us. She’s always told me that she wants me to make sure I do my best.”
Jenny Aguirre, High Point University Class of 2025
With a great ACT score on her resume, and encouragement from family, friends and those co-workers, Aguirre went after a scholarship. “Ever since I found out what college cost, getting a full-ride was a big dream of mine.” A dream that became reality with the Say Yes Guilford scholarship.
Zyon Richardson, Forsyth Technical Community College Class of 2023
Richardson remembers her cousins graduating from college when she was just 13. “I said I want to be just like you. I want to go to college; I want to get a degree; I want to make my dreams come true.”
Toheed Zaman, High Point University Class of 2025
Eight years ago, Toheed Zaman, her mother and three sisters moved to the United States to build a better future for the young girls.
Virginia Hufschmitt, Greensboro College Class of 2025
Teaching is a family tradition for Virginia Hufschmitt. “My grandma taught middle school Spanish. My mom taught 3rd through 5th grade,” and now she hopes to follow in their footsteps.
Christian Taylor, High Point University Class of 2025
Video games sparked something in Taylor. He didn’t want to just play them; he wanted to make them.
Destiny Mathis: High Point University Class of 2025
The first-generation college student hopes to inspire her younger brothers, and perhaps one day her readers too.
Trinity De Risio, High Point University Class of 2025
“I stepped on campus for the first time, and I immediately thought I need to be here. It’s just perfect. I love it so much.”
Alexis Newman, Greensboro College Class of 2021
Newman knew she wanted to go to college, but she hadn’t considered a private college. “I came to tour the school, and I loved it. I loved the campus and the small classes, and how everyone was really involved.”
Nicolette Robinson, Wake Forest Class of 2022
“My goal is to be someone that other generations and, of course, my own siblings can look up to. Just having that background has made me want to break all the barriers economically, racially, and even being a woman, breaking the barriers put in our society today.”
Ron Robinson: Guilford College Class of 2023
Growing up in a family of seven Ron Robinson learned how to compromise, how to share and most importantly, to be at the table on time for supper. “Everyone loves cooking in our family, and dinner is really important.”
Teagan Gilliam: Guilford College Class of 2023
Money can’t buy wisdom, but it can buy peace of mind and open doors to a future, something Teagan Gilliam understands more every day. “I want to make an impact on the world; I want to make myself proud.”
Shaolyn Robinson: NC Central Class of 2023
When Robinson left for school, she says she felt like she had some extra support from home, thanks to a Say Yes Guilford scholarship. “I thought, wow, it’s a whole team of people that believe in me and want to encourage me in my college journey.”
Lynsey Sharpstene: Appalachian State Class of 2022
Lynsey was in the Ragsdale gym in September 2015 when Say Yes announced it was coming to Guilford County. Two and a half years later, she realized exactly what that meant.
Erika Ajqui-Zapil, GTCC Class of 2023
“Seeing that I had money available from Say Yes, I thought ‘I’ve got this now.’”
Betty Lulseged, Harvard Class of 2020
Harvard sounds very, very far away for a lot of high school students. It certainly did for Betty Lulseged. “I didn’t want to apply, because I thought there was no way. I thought I was throwing away my application fee.” With a little encouragement from dad, the...
Katie Lewis, Greensboro College Class of 2020
Foresight and hustle. On the basketball court, Katie Lewis was always thinking about the next game, the next possession, the next play, and at the same time she was right in the action giving her all. She needed those qualities to complete her degree in health...
Lisa Bond, Say Yes Guilford Scholar Mom
Hers is the first face most see when they walk through the doors of Gillespie Park Elementary. Even behind plexiglass and a mask you can tell she’s smiling as she takes the temperatures of students and staff back to school for the first time since spring. As general...
Madison Powers, Greensboro College Class of 2020
Madison Powers is a woman with a plan. She knows what she wants, “I want to be a school teacher; I want to directly impact children.” And she knows what it takes to get there, “I majored in elementary education at Greensboro College with a minor in child and family...
Douglas McCollum, High Point University, Class of 2020
The edge of his dream,And he watches from insideWith a grateful heart. Poetry brings Douglas McCollum a lot of joy, even when it hurts a little. That’s the way he feels about graduation this weekend. “It’s tough to not be able to have the ceremony,” he says. “The...
Neikya Slade, N.C. A&T University Class of 2019
Neikya Slade radiates joys as she walks the campus of North Carolina A&T University. She’s almost floating. With good reason: Neikya just realized a dream that began when she was a little girl growing up in Greensboro. “I knew I wanted to help people: a doctor, a...