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

2018 Latino Crosby Scholars:

  • 96% took the ACT, with the average score of 19 (writing 6)
  • 75% had a weighted GPA of 2.5 or higher 
  • 96% enrolled in college immediately after graduation; 48% in 2-year; 47% in 4-year
  • 38% completed FAFSA 
  • 36% received a Last Dollar Grant award from Crosby Scholars, which averaged $1,200 per year