Just as athletes are honored during signing days for their achievements and commitment to play at a university level, High Point University honored five Triad high school students with full-tuition scholarships for committing to continue their academic careers.
HPU awards five Say Yes Scholarships annually, three of which are presented to Guilford County Schools graduating seniors, and two of which are presented to first-generation college students from the city of High Point.
This year's recipients are Janae Dillman of Southwest Guilford High School (First Generation Scholar); Cesar Toledo-Aguirre of Penn-Griffin School for the Arts (First Generation Scholar); Radu Grecu of Grimsley High School; Ashley Banegas of Western Guilford High School; and Alyssa Dumont of Northwest Guilford High School.
High Point City Council members, Guilford County Board of Education members and other dignitaries filled the event to celebrate the achievements of these soon-to-be high school graduates and freshmen at HPU.
"The five young people we honor will receive a scholarship fully funded by High Point University," said Joe Cristy, director of undergraduate recruitment at HPU. "If that's not a commitment to students right here in our area, I'm not certain what is. There are top student-athletes these days that have signing events and press conferences. We wanted to honor these scholars for committing to their new home and also show appreciation for so many of our community education advocates."
Carlvena Foster, Guilford County commissioner, former Guilford County Board of Education member and a leader on the HPU scholarship committee, said the scholarships show HPU's commitment to its community.
"THESE SCHOLARSHIPS GIVE YOU THE ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS AT ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITIES IN AMERICA."
--Carlvena Foster, Say Yes Scholarship Committee Member, Guilford County Commissioner and HPU Alumnus
"Money is often seen as the greatest barrier to attending college, but thanks to High Point University, their generosity and their commitment to educating young people, all five of these scholarships alleviate that barrier by providing full rides to this university," Foster said. "This is yours to celebrate. These scholarships give you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve success at one of the most prestigious universities in America."
"All of you told us during your interview that your service and education from HPU will...