Crosby Scholars Program

Cosby Scholars Winston-Salem NC
State
North Carolina
Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Access
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep,
STEM

Overview

The Crosby Scholars Program works to assist all Forsyth County public middle and high school students in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment. Crosby offers leadership and academic programs, assists with FAFSA completion, and provides need-based Last Dollar Grants (LDGs). Crosby also helps DACA students find and afford education opportunities at private institutions.

Program Description

Crosby Scholars began in 1992 with the goal to provide a path to college for all public Forsyth County students. Students sign a partnership agreement and commit to being drug-free, attend classes in academic skills and leadership development, and complete community service. Students who complete the program are eligible to apply for need-based Last Dollar Grants of up to $1,200 for up to four years. 

Crosby's Hispanic Outreach Coordinator's programs are specifically for Latino students: Crosby's Excelencia Program helps Latina girls learn their bilingual and bicultural abilities increase their opportunities. Crosby Scholars collaborated with the YMCA Latino Achievers program, N.C. State, and WSFCS to develop what is now Unidos to provide after-school tutoring and also offers parent classes. We partner with the YMCA in Existosos to introduce high school students to successful professional Latino community members.  Our SHE Project introduces 8th-grade Latina and African American girls to STEM opportunities.

Outcome

  • Increased ACT and GPA achievement: In 2018, 96% of Hispanic Crosby Scholars took the ACT and earned an average score of 19. 75% of Hispanic Scholars also had a weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher. These results compare favorably against the minimum admission requirements for The University of North Carolina System (UNC) of an ACT score of 17 and a 2.5 GPA.
  • Increased college enrollment rates: In 2018, 96% of Hispanic Crosby Scholars enrolled in college immediately after graduation: 48% in 2-year colleges; 47% in 4-year colleges. For the past 10 years, 100% of Crosby Scholars have graduated from high school, and 98% have reported they enrolled immediately in a 4- or 2-year college or university.
  • Increased 6-year college graduation rates: The 2011 Crosby Scholars cohort had a 70% six-year graduation rate compared to the national rate of 58% for 2012, the highest national 6-year graduation rate recorded (National Student Clearinghouse).
  • Increase in Hispanic students receiving Last Dollar Grants: From 2016 to 2017 there was a 117% increase in Hispanic students who received the Crosby Scholars’ Last Dollar Grant, and a 175% increase from 2017 to 2018.