Crosby Scholars Invitational

Rescheduled Tournament September 26, 2017

Thank you to our Crosby Scholars Invitational Sponsors!

We can never thank our tournament sponsors enough. Without your support, many of our students would not have the knowledge to navigate the difficult college admission process, nor the funding to close the gap between financial aid and the cost of college tuition.

Your support means everything! Click Here to view the list of the 2017 sponsors and contributors.

Many thanks to our In-Kind Donors

More than $25,000 has been donated in prizes, accommodations, transportation, printing, audio, clothing, embroidery, and beverages and snacks to make our outing enjoyable. Thank you to the following in-kind donors. Click Here to view the list.

Day of

A glorious fall day set the stage for the rescheduled 2017 Crosby Scholars Invitational on the morning of September 26. Players enjoyed a continental breakfast prior to tee off at 10 a.m. Just before James Hennelly, assistant pro at Bermuda Run Country Club explained the rules of the game, Golf Operations Co-Chair Mike Ernst stressed to the players the importance the tournament plays in making successful college acceptance and admission possible for our scholars. Over the last 25 years, Crosby Scholars has created impressive statistics that wowed even those closest to the organization.

Crosby Scholar Quick Facts

The Program

  • Graduated 8,830 Crosby Scholars seniors since 1993.
  • Enrolls 95% of high school seniors in a four- or two-year college immediately after high school graduation.
  • Prepared more than 31,000 students for higher education over the last 24 years.
  • Awarded more than $6.7 million in Last Dollar Scholarships since 1993.
  • Leveraged more than $58 million in financial support since 1993.
  • Requires students to attend classes in academic skills, leadership development, college admissions, SAT/ACT preparation and financial aid planning.
  • Provides support and incentives for participants to remain drug- and alcohol-free through participation in the It’s Our Call Program.
  • Encourages students to become involved in their community – last year, students reported 119,000 hours of community service.

2017 Snapshot

  • Graduated 936 senior Crosby Scholars.
  • Awarded $750,000 in Last Dollar Grants for the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Graduates enrolled in 129 colleges and universities throughout North Carolina and across the nation.
  • 11 Crosby Scholars were valedictorian of their class.
  • 30% were active participants in Crosby Scholars since joining the program in sixth grade.
  • 26% of our Crosby Scholar seniors were first generation college students.

How Many Students Are We Reaching?

  • Currently serving more than 11,000 students in Forsyth County.
  • 35% of all eligible public school students in WS/FC schools.
  • Program enrollment has grown 30% over the last five years.
  • Available in 22 middle schools and 20 high schools.

And the Winners are....

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Tyler Morgan, Billy Andrews, Rodger Holley and Danny Newcomb

First Place on the East Course - the team of Newcomb and Holley

East Course Winners:

1st Place

Newcomb/Holley Team

Players Danny Newcomb, Rodger Holley Billy Andrews and Tyler Morgan

2nd Place

The Dean Green Foundation Team

Players Danny Thanos, Rocky Manning, John Ferguson and Bob Cornish

3rd Place

McMichael's Mills Team

Players George Burchette, Billy Needham, Jim Brown and Donald Corns

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Jim Lynch, Mike Smith, Scott Mason and Brian Kennerly

First Place on the West Course the team of HeiQ Materials

West Course Winners:

1st Place

HeiQ Materials Team

Players Mike Smith, Jim Lynch, Scott Mason and Brian Kennerly

2nd Place

Shelco, LLC/Flow BMW-Mini Team

Players Mark Caudill, Chip Pope, Rob Beasley and Cheff Yarborough

3rd Place

Harris Teeter, Inc.

Players Bo Crews, Jason Beason, Gary Tolbert and Derek Marley

The Paul Fulton Cup

At the end of the 18th hole round, the first and second place winners from each course selected one player to represent their team in a sudden death playoff on hole #18. Tyler Morgan, Rocky Manning, Mark Caudill and Brian Kennerly were chosen as their team representative. After playing the hole twice, the overall winner was Rocky Manning from the Dean Green Foundation team. In addition to winning Visa gift cards, each player on Rocky's team were issued certificates entitling each player for a round of golf for four at Bermuda Run Country Club to be used within the next year. The team name will also be engraved on The Paul Fulton Cup.

The Winner of The Paul Fulton Cup is the Dean Green Foundation team

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Bob Cornish, Rocky Manning, Danny Thanos and John Ferguson from the Dean Green Foundation Team

Tournament Quick Facts

Total money raised = $300,449

86 sponsors gave $1,500 up to $15,000

32 contributors gave $500 up to $1,499

Total in-kind gifts were more than $25,000

Total number of people who attended the Sponsorship Dinner - 175

Total number who attended the Breakfast of Champions - 275

Total number of teams for May 22 - 44 teams on 2 courses

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President/CEO of Crosby Scholars, Mona Lovett, Israel Suarez, Kathleen Baker and

Board Chair, Trent Jernigan

Breakfast of Champions

Surround yourself with people who will support your success.

That's the message Olympian Kathleen Baker shared with Crosby Scholars who attended the Breakfast of Champions - and that's what Crosby Scholar alumnus Israel Suarez said Crosby Scholars did for him.

"I've surrounded myself with the right people at the right times in my life," said Baker, a 2016 Olympian who won a silver medal in the 100m back and a gold medal swimming back on the 4x100 medley relay. "I've been able to have great support systems."

Baker, a Winston-Salem native who attended Forsyth Country Day School, began swimming with the Crazy Ducks when she was five years old. She is a rising junior at the University of California - Berkley. She said it's important to "take your God-given talent and work for it."

Baker ackknowledged many people helped her achieve her goal, including not only family and coaches, but also doctors who treated her for Crohn's Disease as she trained for hours in the pool - who never told her she couldn't achieve her dream. She has become an advocate for others coping with chronic illnesses and hopes to inspire them to achieve all their dreams, she said.

"I've also learned that confidence is really important in success," Baker said. "You need to know you can accomplish it. You're always going to be competing wherever your life takes you. I think it's important we all know there's something to overcome. I was one of the few that got to accomplish my dream. I'm so thankful."

Click Here to read more.

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The Crosby Scholars Invitational Breakfast of Champions hosted sponsors, community leaders, celebrities and students to raise money for Last Dollar Grants and to honor graduating seniors with scholarships on Tuesday, May 23 at Bermuda Run Country Club.

Awarded scholarships and winners are:

Les and Evelyn Riley Memorial Scholarship
Jada Dove of Glenn High School, who is attending UNC-Charlotte, received the Les and Evelyn Riley Memorial Scholarship for $1,200.

Evelyn Riley Memorial Scholarship
Janasi Rawlings of East Forsyth High School received the Evelyn Riley Memorial Scholarship.

Mommie J Friendship Scholarship
Summer Cottrell of Early College of Forsyth, who is attending UNC-Chapel Hill, received the Mommie J Friendship Scholarship for $1,200.

Dean Smith Integrity Award

Bond Craver of Mount Tabor High School, who is attending UNC-Chapel Hill, received the Dean Smith Integrity Award for $1,000.

Fulton Carolina Medal
Sydney Schamay of West Forsyth High School, who is attending UNC-Chapel Hill, received the Fulton Carolina Medal, a $1,500 renewable scholarship for a total award of $6,000.

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Dr. Tom Ross, President, Volcker Alliance, Inc.

Former President, University of North Carolina System


2005 - Dr. Donold Martin, Jr.

2006 - Dr. Harold L. Martin, Coach Roy Williams

2007 -Mr. Erskine Bowles, Coach Jim Grobe

2008 - Senator Richard Burr,Coach Jerry Moore

2009 - Chancellor Holden Thorp, Coach Dino Gaudio

2010 - Dr. Nido Qubein, Mr. Dick Baddour

2011 - Dr. Randolph Woodson, Coach Butch Davis

2012 - Dr. Kenneth Peacock, Coach Anson Dorrance

2013 - Dr. Scott Ralls, Coach Karen Shelton

2014 - Dr. Nathan Hatch, Mr. Woody Durham

2015 - Dr. Carol Folt, Coach Danny Manning

2016 - Dr. Margaret Spellings, Mr. Dereck Whittenburg

2017 - Dr. Tom Ross, 2016 Olympian, Ms. Kathleen Baker

Download your team photos now!

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Thank you to our volunteers!

Many thanks to the volunteers to whom the Crosby Scholars Invitational owes the success of today's tournament!

Golf Operations Committee

Co-Chairs: Mike Ernst & Bo Fulton

Susan Baldwin, Tony Norman and staff, Mona Lovett, Barbara Masi, and Becky Perkinson

Golf Sponsorship Committee

Paul Fulton, General Chairman

Kathryn and Mary Crosby, Honorary Co-Chairpersons

Raul Colon, Jim Einstein, Mike Ernst, James Frances, Bo Fulton,

Jason Geisler, Kim Heath, Mona W. Lovett, Danny Newcomb, Bud Palmer,

Becky Perkinson, Michael Rogers, and Bobby Wooten

Tournament Volunteers

Ronnie Albright, Allen Alsbrooks, Kelly Bullock, Mike Carlisle, Lawrence

Carvana, Derrick Claggett, Bob Cornish, Bob Cox, Don Eaton, Marinetta

Fisher, Ronnie Fisher, Jessica Frady, Carroll Franklin, Scott Franklin,

Daphne Frye, Bill Hardin, Ken Hauser, Gay Hill, Wayne McCombs, Terry

Miller, Danny Mosteller, Grant Queen, Mike Sloan, Ken Sommerkamp,

Lowell Summey, Barry Taylor, Ray Travis, Randy Treadway

Save the Date

It's not too early to sign up for next year's Crosby Scholars Invitational on May 22, 2018. Click Here to access the 2018 sponsorship form.
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Thanks for joining us (in May and September) Kathryn and Mary Crosby !

Donate Now

Donations are greatly appreciated to make college dreams a reality for many of our students. If education is your passion, as a means of giving back, please consider a contribution to Crosby Scholars by going to our website and clicking the donate button.

Click Here to make your gift.

About Us

Crosby Scholars Community Partnership is a comprehensive college access program for all 6th through 12th grade students in Forsyth County public schools. Since 1993, the program has prepared students academically, financially and personally for successful college admission and is free of charge. Our vision is to ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college.