Forsyth Tech celebrates UNCG’s support of College Lift

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 21, 2023

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WINSTON-SALEM — Forsyth Technical Community College recently announced the expansion of scholarships for its College Lift Program, aimed at providing essential support to students from Title I schools, facilitating their journey towards post-secondary success.

The latest expansion sees the inclusion of UNC Greensboro (UNCG) as a scholarship partner, further enhancing the opportunities available to College Lift students.

College Lift has garnered recognition for its commitment to leveling the playing field for students from underserved communities.

To commemorate this significant milestone, Forsyth Tech and UNCG held an official signing event on Sept. 16. The event not only symbolizes the collaboration between the two institutions but also marks the beginning of a transformative journey for many aspiring students.

Forsyth Tech and UNCG were joined by Kim Thomas Barrios, associate senior vice president for educational partnerships, and Dr. Lizette Zarate, program director of the USC McMorrow Neighborhood Academic Initiative from the University of Southern California, the program after which College Lift was modeled.

Under the terms of the MOU, UNCG has committed to offering 20 scholarships annually exclusively to College Lift students. These scholarships will allow the recipients to pursue their passions and interests while receiving a world-class education from a renowned institution.

The president of Forsyth Tech, Dr. Janet Spriggs, expressed her enthusiasm for the expansion of the scholarships available to College Lift students. “We are thrilled to partner with UNCG to further strengthen the impact of the College Lift. This collaboration aligns perfectly with our mission of empowering students to achieve their dreams. Together, we are creating pathways to success for those who need it most.”

UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam Jr. added, “UNCG is nationally recognized for its collective commitment to student success — especially for providing support to those students who are the first in their families to attend college. On behalf of the Spartan family, we look forward to welcoming Forsyth Tech’s College Lift students and stand ready to help each student earn their degree.”

As the College Lift Program continues to pave the way for students to overcome barriers and reach their full potential, the addition of UNCG as a scholarship partner stands as a testament to the enduring impact of collaboration in education.