“Dream big because if you can get there, we’re going to help you.”
That’s the promise Mary Vigue is making to every student in the Piedmont-Triad’s largest school system. And she’s prepared to back it up.
Vigue is Say Yes Guilford’s executive director. She’s only been on the job a little more than three months, but she’s already working to make sure college tuition will be paid for all qualified Guilford County public high school graduates in the Class of 2016 who apply, regardless of income.
Say Yes is a nonprofit organization based in New York. It was founded by philanthropist George Weiss who, in the late 1980s, promised 112 sixth graders in Philadelphia he’d pay their college tuition if they graduated high school. Today, Say Yes helps entire communities make similar commitments to every public high school student.