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Wayfind is a selective program that prioritizes students who are historically underrepresented in higher education (i.e., first-generation college students of color). Other selection criteria includes the following:
  • Academic promise demonstrated through grades, school attendance, and discipline.
  • 7th grade End of Grade scores of 3 or greater (a lower score does not disqualify you from becoming a Wayfind scholar)
  • Qualifies for the federal free and reduced lunch program.

Upon acceptance, Wayfind Scholars receive mentoring and support for 4.5 years, from the second semester of 8th grade through high school. Wayfind scholars who complete the full mentoring program, apply to Wingate University, and receive acceptance can receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. To date, Wingate has invested more than $2.5 million in the inaugural class of Wayfind Scholars that graduated high school in 2023.

Are you in the 8th grade?
Do you attend East Union, Monroe, porter ridge or sun valley Middle School?
Will you go to the feeder high school?
Do you receive free or reduced lunch?
Have you been a good student?
Do you have a 3 or higher on your 7th grade end of grade scores? 


Students at Monroe and East Union Middle students were notified of their acceptance on January 4, 2024.


Sun Valley and Porter Ridge 8th Grade Students, use the button below to apply to the next Wayfind cohort! The application will be open Jan. 16 - Feb. 2, 2024!

Apply Now!



Dr. Abby Holland