Scholarship Closes Tuition Gap for Yadkin Students
Posted: Jun 25, 2018
The Yadkin County Commissioners are taking a proactive step in helping young adults pursue a college education and vocational training through a new scholarship program dubbed “Yadkin Guarantee.”
The Yadkin Guarantee will cover all in-state tuition and fees not covered by financial aid or scholarships for Surry Community College Yadkin Center students along with paying up to $750 per semester for textbooks.
“We certainly support Surry Community College, and everything it can do for our citizens. As I am involved across the state, I am always looking for innovative ways to move Yadkin forward,” said Yadkin County Commissioner and Chair Kevin Austin. “The Yadkin Guarantee program is something born out of a presentation by Brunswick County a few months ago. To me, it is a win-win-win for SCC, our industries, and our families and comes at the perfect time as SCC opens new facilities and increases offerings in Yadkin County.”
Eligible students must enroll in a curriculum program at the Surry Community College Yadkin Center within four semesters after graduation from high school whether it be a Yadkin County public school, private school or homeschool. The students must have earned at least a 2.3 unweighted GPA and be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
“I want to express my sincerest appreciation for the additional support that Yadkin County has provided Surry Community College,” said Dr. David Shockley, SCC President. “It is hard to believe how much progress we have made during the past three years in the growth of The Yadkin Center. Furthermore, the Yadkin Guarantee is a bold move to support higher education opportunities for all of our graduates, which will provide sustainable economic growth for Yadkin County. It is truly amazing.”
Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree that they can then use to transfer to any college in the University of North Carolina System and a majority of private schools. Students can also select a vocational pathway and train in Mechatronics, Electrical Systems, Welding, Machining, and Nurse Aide.
The scholarship requires that students maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA; complete at least 67 percent of credit hours attempted each semester; complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and scholarship application processes annually; complete the program in 150 percent of program time; and not change programs more than twice.
In Fall 2018, The Yadkin Center campus expanded with the opening of the G. Allen Mebane IV Industrial Training Center, which houses the vocational programs along with Truck Driver Training.
Who is eligible?
- U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents
- Graduated from a Yadkin County public school, private school or home school
- Earned at least a 2.3 unweighted GPA
- Enrolled in a curriculum program at Surry Community College's Yadkin Center within four semesters after graduating from high school
What expenses are covered?
- All in-state tuition and fees not covered by financial aid or scholarships
- $750 per semester for textbooks
- Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Complete at least 67 percent of credit hours attempted each semester
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and scholarship application processes annually
- Complete the program in 150 percent of program time (i.e., a 60-hour program must be completed in 90 hours)
- Not change programs more than twice
- Must be enrolled in 12 credit hours minimum at The Yadkin Center
Which programs are included?
For more information, contact:
Craig Smythers (336) 386-3273 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Pennix (336) 386-3258 or email@example.com
Student Services (336) 386-3264 or firstname.lastname@example.org