“Support Crosby Scholars.”

That was the message to guests at the dinner before the 15th Annual Crosby Scholars Invitational Golf Tournament from Don Flow, President and CEO of Flow Automotive Companies.

“…If you want to help a child escape poverty, support Crosby Scholars,” Flow said. “If you want Winston-Salem to be a community of opportunity, support Crosby Scholars. If you want to say that the zip code in which a child is born does not determine his or her future, support Crosby Scholars. If you think the American dream still matters in America, support Crosby Scholars. “

Flow, a community leader and visionary for Winston-Salem, explained why Crosby Scholars is a key part of a thriving community with economic opportunity.

“Post high school education is the single best predictor of social and economic mobility and stability,” he said. “Associate degree holders earn $350,000 more than high school graduates over their lifetime, and that difference lifts someone out of economic instability and financial anxiety. Four-year college graduates earn $1.2 million more over their lifetime. I have a prediction to make. Because the growth in income of person with an associate’s degree in skilled technical area is far outstripping inflation, it will not be long before they match the earnings of college graduates. It is not that college graduates are earning less. Instead, it is that skilled technical jobs are paying more.”

He noted that traditional skills jobs that paid well now often require post-secondary education.