There's no doubt that being a student is tough - balancing classes, extracurriculars, sports, family, activities, and sometimes a part-time job, all while trying to figure out what’s next for you after high school.
Take a breath! The Shore Scholars Program is designed specifically for juniors and seniors in Yadkin County, like you, who are looking for exciting and engaging opportunities that help you think about how to best prepare for your career of interest.
You've got hopes and dreams, so there's no doubt you're a scholar. Explore how you can become a Shore Scholar and gain meaningful experiences that puts those hopes and dreams within reach.
We're constantly asking questions about what's next and what it will take to get there. What are you asking yourself?
The Shore Scholars Program provides you a personal mentor for every year you're a part of the program and a team of your peers who will serve alongside and explore answers with you. The Shore Scholars Mentor will be your personal mentor throughout high school and even two years after high school!
Your personal mentor will listen to you and help you find and explore the opportunities and resources to assist you in planning your future.
To be eligible students must:
> be a rising junior or senior at Starmount
or Forbush High School,
> have near 3.0 GPA or higher, and
> be willing to benefit from highly personalized engagement in exciting opportunities for motivation as they prepare for career in a specialized field – that is to want to pursue advanced studies.
Looking for a way to explore new and exciting experiences?
The Shore Scholars Program will help you:
> explore what you love to do as you consider your gifts and talents so you can focus on having a blast in your future career!
> visit college campuses and training centers so you can better choose the program and environment that fits your goals.
> tour companies and shadow jobs so that you can get an up-close look at what's involved in different jobs.
> participate in a fun summer retreat with other Shore Scholars and your mentor. (in 2019 we went to two escape rooms... and lived to tell the tale!)
> meet college students and young professionals from a variety of jobs to get their tips and thoughts.
The program will also provide support and help you as you complete college and financial aid applications, and prepare for interviews and internships.
And so much more!
There is no cost to participate in the Shore Scholars Program thanks to the Shore Scholars Fund created by the Wayne A. Shore Endowment Fund at the Clemmons Community Foundation.
In addition to the fun experiences, the Shore Scholars Program provides financial support to directly cover fees and expenses while you are enrolled in the North Carolina Career and College Promise Program during high school.
For those who go on to two year programs at community colleges post-high school, limited supplements to the Yadkin Guarantee may be available.
For those who go on to four year programs at colleges and universities, limited assistance may be available to help you explore financial solutions for offset your individual cost.
Ready to begin?
To join the adventure of exploring your future and enjoying fun leadership activities with a network of peers and mentors, all you need to do is complete an application with all the necessary information.
The 2020-2021 year is off to a good start! Following all CDC and NCDHHS guidelines, we'll start with the traditional signing day in early October to welcome our 13 new scholars, followed by a fall retreat of team-building and planning activities, and a workshop on financial aid from our friends at Surry Community College. Our first-year college students are transitioning well, though some have returned home due to college and university mandates.
In 2019-2020, Shore Scholars visited Appalachian State University, shopped and given Angel Tree gifts for senior citizens, went caroling at Willowbook Rehabilitation Center, played reverse charades at a Christmas party, job shadowed in a career of their choice, and had workshops on financial aid, interviewing skills, and coping with stress/anxiety.
COVID-19 and the closure of schools cancelled some of our activities - hearing from a panel of college students, walking the Winston-Salem Gallery Hop, and touring another college - but mentoring continued and we celebrated our seniors as they transition to college!
The Shore Scholars Program is committed to help you create a life of opportunity. To fully participate in the Shore Scholars Program you must commit to the following:
> attend a kick-off retreat each year in August
> attend monthly individual meetings with your mentor
> attend monthly group meetings (1 absence max)
> maintain a satisfactory GPA required for admission into your program of choice
> have no school behavioral violations
> complete 10 hours of individual community service above the requirements of the school and participate in a Shore Scholar service day
> agree to random drug testing
> uphold a high character and be a positive peer example
> participation for 3-4 years (depending on the first year of your enrollment) until successful completion of trade certification, Associate's degree, or first 2 years of a 4-year institution
Review this helpful Q&A for additional information about frequently asked questions.
To learn more about the program, contact the Shore Scholar mentors at your high school.
Forbush High School
Mrs. Anna Whitley and Mrs. Natalie Vestal
Starmount Hgh School
Mr. Michael Groce and Mr. Sam Stone