The Yadkin County Commissioners are trying a different tactic in helping to keep youth at home while providing education and job opportunities, with 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 Board of Commissioners Chairma 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 college President Dr. David Shockley. “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 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.
The Yadkin Center campus is expanding with the opening of the G. Allen Mebane IV Industrial Training Center, which will house the vocational programs along with Truck Driver Training starting this fall.
An open house for the community and prospective students will be held Thursday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new center. At this event, prospective students can apply to college, apply for financial aid, register for classes, learn about Career & College Promise (high school/college dual enrollment courses), and take a campus tour and see inside the new G. Allen Mebane IV Industrial Training Center.
Students can also receive help for applying for the Yadkin Guarantee during the open house. Other scholarship drawings will be held for qualified, registered applicants.
The deadline to register for fall classes at Surry Community College is Aug. 3, and classes start Aug. 15.
Students who are interested in applying for the Yadkin Guarantee should contact Craig Smythers at (336) 386-3273 or [email protected] or Anita Pennix at (336) 386-3258 or [email protected] Students can also direct questions to Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or [email protected] Additional information about each program can be located on surry.edu.