HISTORY AND PROGRESS
REACH Georgia was launched on February 6, 2012 at Georgia Institute of Technology with the announcement of AT&T being REACH’s first corporate sponsor with a donation of $250,000.
The REACH Georgia Scholarship “rewards students for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support; all factors that we know are critical in student educational achievement,” said Governor Nathan Deal at the launch of the program.
In a two-year pilot, REACH Georgia added five school systems–Rabun, Douglas, Dodge, Quitman and Bulloch Counties–committed 35 students as REACH Scholars and invested $350,000 to student scholarships. Today, REACH serves 69 school systems across Georgia and 685 Scholars, committing over $6.85 million in scholarships. For the 2017-2018 school year, an additional 540 students will become REACH Scholars in over 100 school systems across the state. As well, REACH has launched a foster youth pilot of 30 students chosen from school systems across the state and will commit an additional 30 as REACH Scholars this year. REACH’s goal is to have all 180 school systems become REACH participating school systems and serve over 3,000 Scholars by the 2020-2021 school year.