Greensboro City Council to discuss ‘Say Yes’ initiative

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro City Council is expected to vote on a resolution to support the "Say Yes to Education" initiative Monday night.

The city's support is one of the final steps needed for Guilford County Schools to officially become a "Say Yes" community for the 2015-2016 school year.

“Say Yes” invests in school systems, helping them pull the community together to create a large endowment. The goal is to offer “last dollar tuition” scholarships, so any graduating high schooler can go to college without worrying about the cost.

The scholarships are meant to close the gap for students whose other scholarships don’t cover the full cost, or for students who can’t afford college. The money is available regardless of a family’s financial background.

In addition to helping students, supporters of the program say it has impacted the community as a whole in other parts of the country.

"'Say Yes' can help us in two ways -- it can help up build degree holders here at home and attract degree holders. People and businesses who move to Guilford County need a workforce. They want good schools and they want good property values, so it helps on both fronts," said Winston McGregor, executive director of the Guilford Educational Alliance.

Guilford County Schools is currently the lead contender for the newest “Say Yes” community investment.