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Seniors: Mandatory Self-Selected Advisor Training

All first-time Crosby Senior Advisors are required to attend one mandatory Crosby Senior Advisor Training session:

  • Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 PM – In-person or Via Zoom
  • Tuesday, June 28 at 6:00 pm – 7:30PM – In-person or Via Zoom

Registration is required. Click here to register. Please contact Cindy Zimmerman at for questions.

10th Grade Recovery Requirements

This assignment is for students who still need to complete their academy and community service requirements. Program requirements for all sophomores include attending one (1) Crosby Scholars Academy and submitting two (2) hours of community service. If you would like to complete any requirement that you are missing and continue with the Junior Program that launches this summer, please view the information below for the specific requirement. All requirements are due by Sunday, June 26, 2022. This is the final deadline to submit your requirements for the 2021-22 school year.

Click here to access the Academy Requirement

Click here to access the Community Service Form

Please email us at if you have any questions/concerns.

Rising Seniors: Complete Senior Academy NOW over the summer!

Rising Seniors!  Summer Senior Academies are available NOW!  You can complete your Senior Academy before your Senior year begins.  Seniors must complete 1 Senior Academy by December 12, 2022.  

Check the Crosby Scholars Student Portal for details on each Senior Academy option.  Questions?  Please contact

Read about Senior Academy in our newsletter, DestinationCollege2023 – June Rising Senior Newsletter!

Crosby Scholars Senior Academies each have a unique focus. Each Senior Academy will fall under one of the Senior Academy Pathways (see below & in our Newsletter).  You are able to choose the program that is right for your needs!  Complete this requirement over the summer with our Summer Bootcamp series and other Summer Senior Academy options.



2022-2023 High School Leadership Council Results

Congratulations to the High School Leadership Council elected members for the 2022-2023 school year! Each student self-nominated and then elected by their peers through a voting process. We still have some space available for self-nominations! If you see your school is missing a member for your grade and you are interested in joining, email us at


  • President: Emily Lin
  • At-Large Senior: Ezekiel Bradley
  • Vice-President: Dave Srinivasan
  • At-Large Sophomore: Love’ Burgess
  • At-Large Freshman: Aryaman Shukla, Aryn Goldenstein, and Justine Mourkos

Carter G. Woodson, TBA

Carver, TBA

Early College

  • President: Michelle Cruzat
  • At-Large Senior: Ashley Silva Martinez
  • Vice-President: Grace Isiguzo
  • At-Large Sophomore: Ari Brown
  • At-Large Freshman: Casey Milestone

East Forsyth

  • President: TBA
  • Vice-President: Alexandria Warren
  • At-Large Sophomore: Sawyer Wemyss
  • At-Large Freshman: Annalee Mathis


  • President: Erika Ayon
  • Vice-President: Aniyah Mayes
  • At-Large Sophomore: Hayden Harper


  • President: Carley Vawter
  • Vice-President: TBA
  • At-Large Sophomore: TBA

Middle College

  • President: Jolie Hauser
  • At-Large Senior: Maryanna Cooper
  • Vice-President: TBA
  • At-Large Sophomore: TBA

Mt. Tabor

  • President: TBA
  • Vice-President: Evelyn Mata
  • At-Large Sophomore: Aliyah Coplin
  • At-Large Freshman: LaKoya Price

North Carolina Leadership Academy

  • President: Julia Davis
  • Vice-President: Emmerson Guldberg
  • At-Large Sophomore: TBA
  • At-Large Freshman: Wenda McLaurin and Emma Gwyn

North Forsyth

  • President: TBA
  • Vice-President: TBA
  • At-Large Sophomore: Ian Torreblanca Aviles
  • At-Large Freshman: Zion Johnson

Paisley, TBA


  • President: Tobi Onasanya
  • At-Large Seniors: Ian Franco and Gabriela Ochoa
  • Vice-President: TBA
  • At-Large Sophomore: Nathan Garcia

Quality Education Academy, TBA


  • President: Taniska Sharma
  • At-Large Senior: Morgan Stone
  • Vice-President: Jack Sweeney
  • At-Large Junior: Mallory Maxey
  • At-Large Sophomores: Sophia Hoover and Emma Claire Thompson


  • President: Danielle Moody
  • At-Large Senior: Najia Scott
  • Vice-President: Sarah Welsh
  • At-Large Sophomore: Nina Howards
  • At-Large Freshman: Lauren Bodenheimer and Gracie Ward


  • President: Kooper Bray
  • Vice-President: TBA
  • At-Large Sophomore: Journie Barr

West Forsyth

  • President: Zuri Sweatt
  • Vice-President: Katherine Lee
  • At-Large Sophomores: Jessica Benitez and Rachel Bliss
  • At-Large Freshman: Ethan Fox and Kenzie Bullins

Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy

  • President: Julianna Woody
  • Vice-President: TBA
  • At-Large Sophomores: TBA

Crosby Scholars holds Breakfast of Champions event in Bermuda Run

A special breakfast was held on Tuesday morning in Bermuda Run in honor of Crosby Scholars, the free college access program that serves all of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Schools for students in grades 6-12.

Tuesday’s “Breakfast of Champions” welcomed the class of 2022 to the Crosby alumnae family and was followed by the 16th Annual Crosby Scholars Invitational Golf Tournament, which raised $300,000 in grants and scholarships.

WXII 12 News spoke with a few of the graduating seniors at the event who shared what being a Crosby scholar means to them, as well as the experience they’ll take with them, as they begin their college careers.

Soon-to-be East Forsyth High School graduate, Regan Rhymes, said “There is a community service requirement, along with the academies, and having that preparation and just that consistency throughout each year, having that dedication to service…and also being able to network with a bunch of leaders across Forsyth has enabled me to become a better leader.”

Another member of WS/FCS’s 2022 graduating class, Jayla Summers, attends Reagan High School and shared:

“The community service and the leadership has really helped me become the person that I am today, as it’s allowed me to be involved in other extracurricular activities, and just help people at my school,” Summers said.

Leaders of Crosby Scholars and alumnae spoke during Tuesday’s breakfast, as well as former WXII 12 News Anchor Cameron Kent, who was the guest speaker of the event.

To watch the full story on Breakfast of Champions visit

Crosby Scholar Joshua Cloud never missed a day of school! Headed to NCCU.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem Journal — Until this year, Joshua Cloud, a graduating senior at Atkins High School, didn’t even realize he’d never missed a day of school.

His perfect attendance means he went to school for approximately 2,340 days, starting in kindergarten.

He’s one of just a few seniors to do so this year.

Cloud, 18, said it was harder to achieve perfect attendance during the pandemic, when classes were held online, stressing how exhausting it was.

“(It’s) hard to get yourself out of the bed when you have to just get yourself on the computer,” he said.

Cloud is studying health sciences at Atkins, a high school specializing in STEM. He’ll attend North Carolina Central University in the fall and plans to be a pre-med major.

At Akins, he is involved in National Honor Society, Black Achievers, and African American Males Pursuing Educational Dreams as a Crosby Scholar. He also played basketball all four years of high school and lettered.

Outside of school, he volunteers in his community.

Not only did he achieve perfect attendance, but his mother Deborah Barr-Cloud noted that he also kept up his grades, which allowed for his induction into the National Honor Society.

“(He) did that during the pandemic,” Barr-Cloud said, “…and (he) need(s) to be rewarded for that.”

Cloud said that his primary motivation for going to class every day was to make sure he did not make more work for himself by missing assignments.

Barr-Cloud also credits her son’s successful attendance record to him only getting sick during spring breaks.

As well, she said that as an only child, Cloud had to learn responsibility from working alone.

“(This is a) feel good moment (to) let other students know it can be done,” his mom said. “People deserve to have a feel-good moment.”

To watch the full interview visit

Pictured with Mrs. Mona Lovett, President & CEO of Crosby Scholars, at Breakfast of Champions on May 24, 2022.

Bank of America Names Crosby Scholars as Neighborhood Champion

December 2, 2021

Bank of America Names Crosby Scholars as Neighborhood Champion in Recognition of their Work to Advance Economic Mobility in the Triad

Program Provides $50,000 in Grant Support and an Opportunity for Virtual Leadership Training

Winston-Salem, NC – Programs that help address the local issues around education, economic opportunity and workforce development will be able to scale, helping even more people through a multi-year grant from Bank of America. Crosby Scholars has been named as the 2021 Bank of America Neighborhood Champion for its work in the Triad community addressing these issues.

As part of the program, Crosby Scholars will receive $50,000 in grant support and the opportunity to participate in virtual leadership training delivered by experts in the nonprofit sector on topics like human capital management, increasing financial sustainability and storytelling.

The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership prepares students in public middle and high schools in Forsyth County academically, personally, and financially for college admission and other post-secondary opportunities best suited to each student’s goals, abilities, and needs. Crosby Scholars has community partnerships with Forsyth Promise, the United Way of Forsyth County, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and The Winston-Salem Foundation to deliver on their mission. In 2012, an alliance was formed with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina establishing Crosby Scholars as an independent affiliate of Goodwill.

With a 29-year history of providing all aspects of career and college exploration, including but not limited to hosting career education sessions, admissions and financial aid workshops, college campus visits, community service opportunities and cultural experiences, as well as providing over $980,000 in scholarships and Last Dollar Grants for college tuition annually. Crosby Scholars now serves more than 11,000 students each year and has assisted 34,480 Forsyth County students to prepare for college and for life. This multi-year grant from Bank of America will enable Crosby Scholars to help even more students and families receive access to much-needed support and services.

Community leader Paul Fulton shared, “Nothing could please me more than having Bank of America step up for Crosby Scholars, as they have for so many other organizations in the Triad community.”

“Providing equitable access to academic tools, resources and support is transformative to future success,” said President of Bank of America Triad Greg Cox.” In supporting the mission of Crosby Scholars, not only will it reimagine the possibilities for the students but improve the health of our local economy and community.”

“Crosby Scholars is committed to equity in education. We see ourselves as part of the fabric of the community, and we do not want to leave anyone behind. We have made strong progress with students who enroll in the Crosby Scholars program, but there are still too many students who do not see college in their future,” said President and CEO of Crosby Scholars Mona Lovett. “Our team has the passion for this work, and that is not something that can be taught. Bolstering our team's management skills will benefit our students. By providing them the skills to become stronger managers, we will be able to meet the needs of more students at risk of being left behind. We cannot reach our community's goals unless we move everyone forward.”

Alongside the Triad, the bank will bring the program to over 42 additional communities across the U.S. this fall as part of its commitment to investing in the long-term health of communities. The Neighborhood Champions program is invitation-only for nonprofits who are poised to take their work to the next level. Leading members of the community participated in a collaborative selection process to identify this year’s awardee.

The Neighborhood Champions program is an extension of the bank’s signature philanthropic initiative, Neighborhood Builders®, the largest corporate philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership in the country after 17 years and more than $285M investment across 92 communities in the U.S. Since the Neighborhood Champion’s program inception in 2019, Bank of America has invested $6.3 million in 126 organizations within 42 communities through the Neighborhood Champions program.

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Program Helps African American Males Pursue their Academic Dreams

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — (WGHP) — Richard Watts spends a lot of his time talking to students during their school day.

“We’ll visit the schools during the lunch period and not take away from any academic time,” he said.

The kids walk away with a life lesson after every visit and every monthly workshop.

“We’ve had programs where we’ve had Guys with Ties, where we’ve taught young men how to tie a tie, an elevator speech,” he told us. “We just finished a car maintenance 101 talking about how to build a car, take care of a car.”

Watts was the principal at Winston-Salem Prep before retiring from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

“I stayed out of retirement for one month and Crosby called me and said, ‘Hey we’ve got something you might be looking to do.’ She shared with me about the program and I said yes I’ll join right away.”

“Crosby” is the Crosby Scholars Community Partnership. It’s a free college access program for students enrolled in WSFCS. “She” is Mona Lovett, the president and CEO.

“We’re open to everyone,” she explained. “We don’t turn anyone away. But we saw we were recruiting African-American males, but they weren’t completing the program at the same rates as other students.”

That led them to create the AAMPED program. AAMPED stands for African-American Males Pursuing Educational Dreams. Will Tibbs is in charge of outreach. He’s also one of Watts’ former Winston-Salem Prep students.

“I try to reach out to men of color, specifically the African American males in Forsyth County area and just trying to connect with them to let them know there are people who look like them who are successful and you can be successful as a young black man despite your circumstances or the people around you or your environment,” he said.

“We start at sixth grade because we know that’s a pivotal time academically,” added Lovett. “It’s a pivotal time in regards to who they’re connecting with and their friend groups and having positive role models and peer groups.”

“They just talk to you about tools that make you successful in life that you can use and pursing that education,” Mack David said.

He’s a senior at West Forsyth High School. He joined AAMPED last year.

“You can talk to them whenever,” he told us. “So if you have a problem with anything, really anything school-related or outside of school, they’re here to help you.”

“Typically during the school day, it’s not much of a challenge there. But when they’re at home, in an environment with their peers, and there’s pressure coming from here and there,” Watts added.

“So it’s really hard to not navigate, but stay from those things because some people don’t know right from wrong so they do those things. But we just try to keep our head on straight and pray and do the right thing,” David also said.

We’ve shared stories about young Black men involved in crimes around the Piedmont. We’ve seen the rallies with people calling on young Black men to stop the violence. We’ve also heard people ask where the mentors are to help show them a better way. AAMPED exists to show everyone they’re right here.

“We often hear students say, ‘I didn’t know about that,’ or, ‘I didn’t know if anybody thought that’s something I should be a part of,’” Lovett said. “So often I say you have to take students by the hand, let them know you care and bring them to things.”

“We feel in Crosby and in AAMPED that if we can have young men graduate from high school, go to a college, a four-year school and then give back to the community, that’s going to make the city of Winston-Salem a better place for all of us,” Watts said.

Right now AAMPED is working with Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine to expose young men to medical careers.

To watch the full story on AAMPED visit

2021-22 Community Service Requirement

2021-22 Deadlines:

Grade 12: January 31, 2022

Grade 11: January 31, 2023

Grades 6-10: May 13, 2022*

*The deadline for meeting the Community Service requirement has passed. However, if you are in Grades 6-9 and wish to remain in the Crosby Scholars Program please contact us for help:

Crosby Scholars are required to complete two hours of community service annually, although five hours is recommended for high school scholars. Scholars must submit a form – either online or via a paper copy- documenting their hours.

  • Use the buttons to the left to submit the online or paper community service form or search for volunteer opportunities.
  • No adult signature is needed on the online community service form. 
  • To learn more about submitting the community service form, please click on the deadline for your grade.

We appreciate that scholars are committed to completing the requirement and want to allow for students to be creative and innovative in their approach to volunteering. Please click on the Volunteer Opportunities button to the left to view both virtual and in-person opportunities.

Due to our nonprofit status, we are unable to accept volunteering on the political campaign of a specific candidate or political party as community service.

Questions? Please contact us!

Call our office at (336) 725-5371 or email us:


Para enviar sus horas de servicio comunitario o buscar oportunidades de voluntariado, use los botones a la izquierda.

Apreciamos que los estudiantes se comprometan a completar el requisito y permitir que los estudiantes sean creativos e innovadores en su enfoque de voluntariado. A la luz de las muchas restricciones que COVID-19 ha seguido imponiendo a todos nosotros, el personal de Crosby Scholars ha realizado los siguientes cambios al requisito de servicio comunitario 2021-22:

  • Para el año 2021-22, los estudiantes podrán someter horas de servicio voluntario en su vecindario, cómo ayudar a los vecinos con el trabajo de jardinería, limpiar el parque del vecindario, etc.
  • Aceptaremos horas para ayudar a los hermanos menores con trabajos y proyectos escolares en línea.
  • No se aceptarán horas de servicio comunitario para tareas rutinarias o cuidado de niños realizado en su propio hogar.

Debido a nuestro estado de organización sin fines de lucro, no podemos aceptar el voluntariado en la campaña política de un candidato específico como servicio comunitario.


Student Community Service Opportunities

View a list of current community service opportunities below. Click on the opportunity for more information. We also encourage you to look for community service opportunities posted by our community partners: HandsOn NWNC, United Way of Forsyth County, and Love Out Loud.
Be sure to watch the 2021 Youth Volunteer Expo videos to learn more about some of the opportunities listed!

Click to Complete Your Community Service Form Online!

Virtual Opportunities

In-Person Opportunities

The Crosby Scholars team is working diligently to identify both virtual and in-person Community Service opportunities. If you choose to participate in an in-person Community Service opportunity we ask that you do so at your discretion and only if you have not experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, among others within the past fourteen (14) days and do not believe you have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by health authorities. While participating in a Community Service opportunity “social distancing” must be practiced and face coverings worn at all times to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19.  Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, Crosby Scholars and many of our partnering agencies have put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, Crosby Scholars cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19.

Postponed Opportunities 


2021-22 Deadlines:

Grade 12:  January 31, 2022

Grade 11: January 31, 2023

Grades 6-10:  May 13, 2022*

*The deadline for meeting the Community Service requirement has passed. However, if you are in Grades 6-9 and wish to remain in the Crosby Scholars Program please contact us for help at or

Crosby Scholars are required to complete two hours of community service annually, although five hours is recommended for high school scholars. Scholars must submit a form – either online or via a paper copy- documenting their hours. Online forms can be submitted without adult signatures. However, paper copies must be signed by an adult and that adult can be a Crosby Scholar’s parent or guardian verifying the student did the community service activity.

Scholars who completed the Crosby Scholars Program during the previous school year may count hours volunteered after the previous year's deadline, including summer volunteer hours, toward the following school year's requirement.

Community service must be performed with a nonprofit agency or be an activity that benefits a nonprofit agency. The volunteer commitment can be fulfilled through scouts, school clubs, civic organizations, and/or certain church activities. While membership in a club or organization does not count as service, volunteering in the community in a club-sponsored activity does. For example, being a member of a youth choir doesn't count, but singing at a nursing home with the choir qualifies as service hours. Due to our nonprofit status, we are unable to accept volunteering on the political campaign of a specific candidate as community service.

If you have questions about whether your community service idea meets the requirement for the Program, please contact Crosby Scholars at Crosby Scholars Program staff reserves the right to determine if a community service activity fulfills our requirement.