Scholarships

Scholarship Applications for Fall 2021

Scholarship applications for 2021 are now open.

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The Clemmons Community Foundation offers scholarships and mentoring opportunities to students and adults returning to school based on criteria chosen by the donors who have established the scholarships.

To apply, review our available scholarships below. If you know which scholarship you'd like to learn more about, select it from the list to be taken directly to its description. If you meet the criterion, click the “Apply Now” button under the scholarship(s) and follow the instructions to create your applicant account.

Questions? Email Greg Keener, Program Officer or call our office at 336.663.6794

Please note our definitions:

An "Adult Student" is any student who graduated high school, or equivalent, last school year or prior.  

A "Graduating Senior" is any student currently in high school planning to begin higher education for the first time in the following school year.

If you are interested in more than one scholarship you will need to create separate applications. Please note the deadline for each opportunity.

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College Assistance Available to Cook Elementary School Alum

Clarence "Big House" Gaines Reynolda Rotary College Assistance

Amount: Varies

> For students who plan to pursue courses and programs at Forsyth Tech, a scholarship will be awarded up to $2,000 per year of study up to two years based on satisfactory academic progress. It is understood that post-graduation intentions may include entering the workforce or transferring into a degree program at WSSU. If planning to apply for admission to WSSU after attending Forsyth Tech, the student must re-apply for the scholarship.

> For students who plan to pursue courses and programs at Winston-Salem State University, college assistance will be awarded up to $5,000 per year of study up to four years based on satisfactory academic progress.

Purpose:
The Reynolda Rotary College Assistance honors the life and legacy of Coach Clarence “Big House” Gaines, Sr. Coach Gaines was a motivator, encourager, and positive life-changing influence in hundreds of young people’s lives in Winston-Salem. He led the Winston-Salem State University Rams basketball program for 47 years, compiling an 828-447 record, eight CIAA titles, the 1967 Division II NCAA Championship title, eighteen 20-win seasons, and an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Gaines was a pillar of the Winston-Salem Community, serving in many professional and civic organizations, including  the Reynolda Rotary where he was a charter member. 

Criteria:
The Reynolda Rotary College Assistance seeks to provide financial assistance to alum of Cook Elementary School in Winston-Salem who are a graduating high school senior or equivalent, or high school graduate who is seeking to return to school. Prospective applicants must have attended Cook Elementary for at least three years. The scholarship may be applied to studies at Forsyth Technical Community College(Forsyth Tech) or Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). Applicants must have the minimum required GPA for admission into a program of study at Forsyth Tech or WSSU.

Application deadline: April 30, 2021.

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Scholarships Available to Yadkin County Residents

The Wayne C. Matthews Continuing Education Award

Amount: Up to $2,500 for local adults/young adults from Yadkin County who plan to attend Surry Community College - Yadkin Center to complete a credential-producing program leading to an in-demand occupation. This includes programs such as Welding Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Nurse Aide, Computer-integrated Machining, and truck driving. Applicant financial need and community service/service to others will be considered in the selection of a recipient.

An "Adult Student" is any student who graduated high school, or equivalent, last school year or prior.

Purpose: Dr. Wayne Curtis Matthews served as Director of the Yadkin Center at Surry Community College. He unexpectedly passed away on June 23, 2020. Our foundation joins the community in forever being inspired by his kindness, heart, integrity, service to others, commitment, and unwavering leadership in education, all of which were guided by his faith. His community involvement was deep and wide. His realized dream of opening a center for classes to better serve all residents of Yadkin County is among his most renowned impacts. This scholarship opportunity is offered to honor his dedication to Yadkin County and SCC’s Yadkin Center and serves as one more way to honor and celebrate Dr. Matthews’ life, his contributions, and his tremendous model of servant leadership that he lived into daily throughout the community he loved.

Application deadline: May 06, 2021.

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Scholarships Available to Forsyth County Residents

The Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad Scholarship

Amount: Up to $2,500 limited to tuition and fees, as well as course-required tools, books, and supplies towards a degree or credential in the healthcare field.

Purpose:
In honor and memory of Mary Elizabeth Dodson Conrad’s life, her many sacrifices, and her humble service, Angela (Mary's daughter) and John Golden established a healthcare scholarship in her name. Liz worked at a Burlington sock factory to pay her way through nursing school, guided by her servant’s heart she committed to hard work and her belief in helping others at all times. This scholarship is dedicated to that spirit and her family hopes it will allow another individual with a heart for service to answer their own call.

Criteria:
Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need and be a Forsyth County resident seeking a degree or credential in the health care field. Candidates may be high school seniors or adults.

Application deadline: April 15, 2021.

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The Salem Glen College Assistance Program in memory of Richard Bunker

Amount: Up to $2,500 limited to tuition and fees, as well as course-required tools, books, and supplies toward a 2-year program of study leading to a degree or certification in any trade, technical, or vocational field with a clear career pathway at Forsyth Technical Community College (Forsyth Tech) or Davidson-Davie Community College (DCCC). Recipients may re-apply for a second-year scholarship; however, no preferential considerations will be made.

Purpose:
The Salem Glen College Assistance Program aims to help high school seniors and adults now returning to school to improve their options for a higher-earning career. The program will assist students as they navigate and pursue a two-year degree or career certification from Forsyth Tech or DCCC. The Salem Glen College Assistance Program will also provide a mentor pairing to scholarship recipients to aid occupational goal engagement. Mentors will be selected volunteers from the Salem Glen neighborhood.

An electrical engineer by trade, Richard Bunker valued education above all else and believed that everyone had the right to higher education. In his retirement, he found great joy in tutoring all levels and ages of students, ranging from middle school through graduate school. He would have fully supported the great things that Salem Glen and the Clemmons Community Foundation are doing by not only providing financial assistance to deserving students but offering a mentor to take the journey with them. In 2021 this award is given in loving remembrancer, thanks to his family.

Criteria:
Eligible applicants must be residents of Forsyth or Davidson Counties, demonstrate financial need, and plan to attend and meet the requirements for admission to Forsyth Tech or DCCC.

Application deadline: April 30, 2021.

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Scholarships Available to West Forsyth High School Students

Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship

Amount: $1,500 towards tuition, books, fees and other related course expenses for post-secondary education or training leading to a degree or other recognized career credential from an accredited institution.

Purpose: The Rebecca and Danny Green Music Scholarship recognizes a WFHS graduating senior for his or her participation in, exemplary dedication, and contributions to one or more music programs of WFHS and music program peers.  The scholarship may be used for any post-secondary program (not limited to programs in the Music or the Arts).

Criteria: Eligible applicants must have been actively participating in one or more music programs at WFHS, have exhibited dedication to the program through practice and performances — within the school and external to the school. The student must also be a graduating high school senior or equivalent of West Forsyth High School and enrolled (or planning on enrolling) in a degree or other credential-resulting program at an accredited educational institution. The student must provide references from a WFHS music teacher or music leader and the student’s career advisor.  Financial need is considered, but not required. The student must also exhibit integrity and good character in his or her relationships and in student life.

Application deadline: April 22, 2021.

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Mason H. Hunter Vocational Educational Scholarship of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce

Amount: Up to $2,500 towards tuition, books, fees, and other related course expenses for up to a 2-year program of study leading to a degree or certification in any trade, technical, or vocational field with a clear career pathway.

Purpose: The Mason H. Hunter Vocational Educational Scholarship of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce honors the life of Mason H. Hunter, who passed away unexpectedly in March 2018 at the age of 17. This scholarship will benefit area students seeking to continue vocational and occupational education and training. Scholarship recipients may enjoy additional benefits including opportunity for Chamber member mentors, internships, references, and employment introductions and leads depending on the occupational goal and the engagement of the student.

Criteria: Eligible applicants must be a graduating high school senior or equivalent or recent (within a year)
graduate of West Forsyth High School and be enrolled (or planning on enrolling) in at least six credit hours of education at a community college.  Those enrolled or intending to enroll in full-time post-secondary education are
preferred. Consideration is given to students who are active in community service, hobbies, sports, clubs, work experience, and other examples of community participation.

Application deadline: April 15, 2021.

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Leslie Martin Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 towards tuition, books, fees, and other related course expenses for a 2-year or 4-year accredited college or university.

Purpose: John Stewart, a long-time supporter of higher education and a Rotarian, created the John Stewart Scholarship Fund of the Clemmons Community Foundation. He named the current scholarships the Leslie Martin Scholarship Award to honor Ms. Martin, an educator at West Forsyth High School, for the impact she has made on hundreds of young adults as they prepare for the next step in their educational journey. The scholarship recognizes two students each year with a financial scholarship to continue their education.

Criteria: Students who are active members of the Interact Club of the Clemmons Rotary Club and/or the Finance Academy. The student must also show academic integrity, dedication to others, and leadership skills. Accepted into a 2-year or 4-year accredited university or college. Minimum GPA 3.0. Financial need is considered, but not required.

Application deadline: April 22, 2021.

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Leslie Martin West Forsyth Early Scholars Program

Amount: Varies depending on individual circumstances and course requirements. If grades and good conduct are maintained, the multi-year award may be used for tuition and books after high school graduation up to a total of $2,500 toward community college degree or credentialing program completion. Students interested in pursuing higher education at a 4-year college may be considered.

Purpose: To encourage juniors & seniors to begin college courses while in high school. The NC Career & College Promise Program pays college tuition while in high school and WSFCS pays for books. This scholarship pays for other costs not covered (such as class kits, tools, uniform, and other expenses related to college courses). Clemmons Community Foundation through the John E. Stewart Scholarship Fund offers assistance through the Leslie Martin West Forsyth Early Scholars award with specific college expenses to meritorious students. Financial need is considered, but not required. Upon high school graduation, the scholarship may be used for tuition and books in continuing their education.

Criteria: Minimum 3.0 GPA both in high school classes and CCP classes and be enrolled in specified Program of Study — certificate program, AA or AS Degree, or courses for 2-year transfer to a 4-year college. Students may pursue higher education at a 4-year college directly from high school.

Application deadline: April 22, 2021.

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Additional Scholarships

There are two additional scholarships available to West Forsyth High School seniors and one additional opportunity for adult students who graduated from WFHS listed in the Community Scholarship for Graduating Seniors and the Community Scholarship for Adult Students sections of this page.

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Scholarships Available to Starmount High School and Forbush High School Students

Shore Scholars Program

Today’s students have countless career options from which to choose. The best career choice is very personal, namely a career that will use the unique set of skills, talents, and interests of an individual. Every career pathway requires preparation to have access to the best opportunities. The Shore Scholars program was developed to assist and support students at Forbush and Starmount High School to explore career options and then guidance and support to best prepare students for their chosen career.

Founded in 2019, the Shore Scholars Program is designed for selected rising 11th and 12th grade students from Starmount and Forbush High Schools interested in pursuing a degree or occupational credential and would like to benefit from a supportive peer group and a personal mentor who will provide encouragement and assistance toward their career and life goals. The program also provides supplemental financial assistance for Career and College Promise program students to pay for books, kits, uniforms, fees, and other expenses not covered by CCP. After graduation, the program provides last-dollar scholarships after high school graduation to continue their degree or credential-earning program. The post-graduation scholarships may be used for tuition, books, uniforms, fees and other expenses not covered by other scholarships, such as the Yadkin Guarantee.  For more information, visit the Shore Scholars informational page.

Criteria:
> A rising 11th or 12th grader at Starmount or Forbush High School
> Have a 3.0 GPA
> Want college or career training after high school
> Willing to commit to attend a yearly, one-day retreat away from the high school
> Willing to meet with their personal mentor monthly
> Willing to meet with their peer group monthly
> Agree to random drug testing
> Willing to commit to the 3-4 years of enrollment (based on the career choice)
> Honor the school’s code of conduct and be a positive example for other students

Application deadline: April 09, 2021.

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Community Scholarships

Community Scholarships for Adult Students

Amount:  Up to $2,000 for local adults from Forsyth, Davidson, and Yadkin Counties returning to an accredited school or recognized credential-producing program in the Piedmont region for an in-demand occupation.

Purpose:
In 2020, The Board of Directors established a new scholarship fund for returning adult students that will accept donations of any size.  The scholarships from this fund are made possible by many individual contributions. Significant individual or group contributions result in the scholarships named below.

For 2021, the following will be awarded.

The Frank A. Samuelson Scholarship Award: Frank Samuelson was among the leaders who helped the Clemmons Community Foundation Board of Directors to help align its structure with the community foundation model during a formative period in 2016-2017. Frank passed away on December 6, 2020, having also helped and influenced many other organizations and individuals.

Criteria: Applicants must be from Forsyth County and plan to or already attend Forsyth Technical Community College to complete a certification program that leads to employment in a field offering a livable wage.

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The Charles and Robin Paul Scholarship Award:
Robin Paul serves on the Board of Directors of the Clemmons Community Foundation. She and Charles are active members of the Chris Paul Family Foundation. They are dedicated advocates for education, working closely with organizations trying to level the playing field for children. This scholarship is just one more example of their desire to help students no matter where they are on their path to higher education. This includes but is not limited to those who have taken time away from their continuing education, those who never began a post-high school program, and those who are already working toward a degree and promising career.

Criteria: Applicants must be an adult student from Forsyth County who is returning to education to complete an academic or vocational program, with preference given to students planning to attend Winston-Salem State University.

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The Thad and Mary Bingham Education Assistance Award for Adult Students:
Thad and Mary Bingham were long-time Clemmons residents who loved their community, family, and church (CUMC).  They generously gave back in a variety of meaningful ways, including the establishment of the Thad and Mary Bingham Fund with the Clemmons Community Foundation, which has supported many community initiatives and programs through grants since it was established.  This year, at the recommendation of their daughter, Donna B. Merriman, the Thad & Mary Bingham Fund has made possible three Community Scholarships of up to $2,500 to assist a West Forsyth High School senior graduating in 2021 or an earlier graduate in obtaining the education needed for a career in which they are passionate to pursue. Two of the scholarships will be awarded to this year’s HS grads and one scholarship for a former WFHS grad who is returning to school in the fall.

Criteria: The applicant must have graduated from West Forsyth High School last school year or prior and have demonstrated financial need and commitment to pursue a credential for advancement in their chosen career. A FAFSA form is not required.

Application deadline: May 6, 2021.

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Community Scholarships for Graduating Seniors

Amount:  Up to $2,000 per scholarship.

Purpose:
In 2020, The Board of Directors established The Community Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors. The scholarships from this fund are made possible by many individual contributions given throughout the prior year. Significant individual or group contributions result in the scholarships named below. Note that scholarships may have their own specific restrictions.

For 2021, the following will be awarded.

The Kim and Chris Henson Scholarship Awards:
Kim Henson serves on the Board of Directors of the Clemmons Community Foundation. She and Chris are residents and active members of the Lewisville community. In addition, they are proud parents of two Reagan Alumni who went on to pursue advanced degrees and meaningful careers in teaching and medicine. These awards are given in honor of their two daughters, who were student-athletes at Reagan High School.

Criteria:
Applicants must be a student-athlete and graduating senior from Reagan High School in Pfafftown, North Carolina who plans to attend an accredited four-year college or university. Financial need is not a requirement.

Two awards, each with specific additional criteria, are available for 2021:

  • A student pursuing a degree from an accredited 4-year college or university which leads to a career in teaching. Applicant must have an unweighted 3.3 GPA and be involved in school or community activities.
  • A student pursuing a degree from an accredited 4-year college or university which leads to a career in the medical or scientific field. Applicant must have an unweighted 3.3 GPA and be involved in school or community activities.
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The Thad and Mary Bingham Education Assistance Awards for Graduating Seniors: Thad and Mary Bingham were long-time Clemmons residents who loved their community, family, and church (CUMC).  They generously gave back in a variety of meaningful ways, including the establishment of the Thad and Mary Bingham Fund with the Clemmons Community Foundation, which has supported many community initiatives and programs through grants since it was established.  This year, at the recommendation of their daughter, Donna B. Merriman, the Thad & Mary Bingham Fund has made possible three Community Scholarships of up to $2,500 to assist a West Forsyth High School senior graduating in 2021 or an earlier graduate in obtaining the education needed for a career in which they are passionate to pursue. Two of the scholarships will be awarded to this year’s HS grads and one scholarship for a former WFHS grad who is returning to school in the fall.

Criteria: The applicant must be a graduating senior from West Forsyth High School with demonstrated financial need and a clearly stated desire to pursue additional education toward an occupational credential or degree. A FAFSA form may be submitted to demonstrate financial need, but is not required.

Application deadline: May 6, 2021.

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