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The Clarence "Big House" Gaines Reynolda Rotary College Assistance Program

Up to $5,000 annually for a high school graduate who attended Cook Elementary School in Winston-Salem for at least 3 years and is planning to attend or is already enrolled at Forsyth Tech or Winston-Salem State University.

The Reynolda Rotary College Assistance 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.

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 for 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, a scholarship will be awarded up to $5,000 per year of study for up to four years based on satisfactory academic progress.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE:

March 31, 2023