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 134 school systems across Georgia and nearly 1,200 Scholars, committing over $17 million in scholarships.
For the 2018-2019 school year, REACH enrolled 31 new school systems and more than 600 new Scholars. REACH has also partnered with Georgia’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) to pilot an annual enrollment of foster youth across Georgia. 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.