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Clarence "Big House" Gaines Reynolda Rotary College Assistance

*Must have attended Cook Elementary School in Winston-Salem for at least 3 years to qualify

The application period for students attending Winston-Salem State has closed.
Applications from students planning to attend Forsyth Tech can be submitted until May 31st at 12 PM.

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Up to $2,000 per year of study up to two years

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.

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Application deadline:
MAY 31, 2021 at 12 pm

Clarence "Big House" Gaines waving to crowd on basketball court.

Purpose: The Reynolda Rotary College Assistance program 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 program 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.