The Shore Scholars program was created in partnership with Yadkin County and made possible by the Wayne A.Shore Endowment Fund of the Clemmons Community Foundation. The program is named in his honor and memory. Mr.Shore lived in East Bend and loved the people of Yadkin County. His dream was to help students who needed an extra hand up in pursuing career success. Mr. Shore’s daughters, Karen and Debrah, have been advisers in the development of the program.
The program is designed for selected 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.
Sixteen students were selected from an application and interview process. The students and their parents/guardians attended a special “signing day” celebration, where in they committed to program requirements until they graduate from their chosen degree or certification training or two-years post high school, whichever is less. Shore Scholars meet monthly with their personal mentor and meet once a month with other Shore Scholars in training workshops developed especially around the needs of the Shore Scholars.
This summer, the students and their mentors participated in a full-day, team-building retreat at Total Escape and identified their monthly workshop topics for the year. Student’s top priorities this year include exploring career opportunities first-hand, visiting colleges and training centers, learning more about college financial aid opportunities, and doing community service projects together.
The photos illustrate the energy and enthusiasm for the inaugural class of Shore Scholars.