March 2023

The bracket is set, and every school dreams of taking home the big prize.

You might be thinking about basketball, but GCS high schools are thinking about scholarship dollars. shift_ed’s 4th annual March Madness Competition is underway with 27 schools competing for cash and prizes. But here’s the best part – every student who participates is one step closer to earning money for college. 


Graduating seniors can go to to apply for scholarships now, and not only are they taking a bold step to support their future, but they are also scoring points for their schools in the competition. To advance, schools must increase the percentage of graduating seniors registered for the shift_ed scholarship. After the five-week competition, the winning school will walk away with $2,000 for the counseling department and a prize for every participating senior.


This is our fun way of encouraging seniors to get a head start on paying for college. shift_ed awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships in 2021-22, and we are poised to support even more GCS graduates this year.


I have a graduating senior, and I’m not shy about sharing this opportunity with his friends and their parents. I hope you will do the same.


Here are few more things I’m sharing with my friends:

  • shift_ed moved! Our new office is at 125 South Elm St., Suite 500, directly across from the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Stop by for the ribbon cutting and open house on March 16.
  • The Mobile Innovation Lab is ready! Look for it to roll up to a school near you soon.
  • SEO Scholars Guilford County is officially underway. Our first cohort met for the first time last month, inspired and ready to accelerate their potential in school and in the future. 


Yes, the madness is underway, and I am here for every second of it. 



Make a bold move for students. Donate to shift_ed today.

Visit our new office at 125 South Elm Street! We are having an open house on March 16 2:30-5. Stop by for a tour and say hi.

Need help with your FAFSA? Register for our free workshop.

The shift_ed Mobile Innovation Lab is almost ready to hit the streets. Look for it to roll up to a middle school near you soon.

shift_ed scholarship registration is open now. Full Pell-eligible GCS graduates can qualify for the new Armfield Acceleration Grant of $1,250.

March Madness is underway. Register for shift_ed scholarships and help your high school advance in the competition.

Introducing the shift_ed SEO Scholars Class of 2026

Find Your GCS Calendar

March 14

Finish the FAFSA Workshop

March 6-10 March Madness Round 2; No school for Early/Middle colleges at Guilford, Greensboro and UNCG

March 9-10 No school for other Early/Middle Colleges

March 13-17 March Madness Round 3

March 16 shift_ed Ribbon Cutting & Open House

March 17 No school for early/middle colleges at Guilford, Greensboro and UNCG

March 20-24 March Madness Round 4

March 27-31 March Madness Round 5

April 3 March Madness Winner Announced

April 7-14 GCS Spring Break

April 8 First Gen Event

Scholar Story

Douglas McCollum

“I see the promise that is in this city, and I see what it is capable of. I would love to come home and do some work at home. It has always been a goal of mine to do something for my city.”

Read Douglas's Story

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