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. Applicants must plan to attend or already be enrolled at Forsyth Tech or Winston-Salem State University.

The Reynolda Rotary College Assistance program 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. A charter member of the Reynolda Rotary, Gaines was a pillar of the Winston-Salem community, serving as a Rotarian as well as in many other professional and civic organizations. The Reynolda Rotary is proud to honor Coach Gaines with this commitment to local students attending Winston-Salem State University and Forsyth Tech.

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April 25, 2022