REACH Signing Events 2018

Columbia County Schools REACH Signing Week 2018
REACH Scholars from Columbia County Schools prepare to sign their letters of commitment.

Thirty-one additional school systems joined the REACH Georgia Program during last month’s statewide signing events. The REACH Program now serves nearly 1,700 students in 134 systems across the state.

“We are excited for the 31 new school systems joining the REACH Program this year,” stated Caylee Noggle, Interim President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). “Thanks to the continued support of our public and private partners, we are on track to meet our goal of having 3,000 students in the program by 2020.”

Launched by Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, the REACH Georgia Program is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to persist in their educational pursuits. REACH Scholars are provided with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school and earn a postsecondary education.

“The REACH Georgia program provides students across the state with greater access to higher education while also preparing them for an academic journey that will culminate in personal and professional success,” said Gov. Deal. “This investment in the future of our state helps to improve educational outcomes for students from low-income communities and further strengthens our classroom-to-career pipeline. With the expansion of this critical program to 31 additional school systems, we are changing lives for the better and opening doors of opportunity for some of Georgia’s most promising young minds.”

New REACH Scholars sign contracts pledging to meet academic and attendance requirements, meet with their academic coaches, and remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free. Parents and guardians also sign contracts to support these efforts. In addition, community members, REACH Coordinators, volunteer mentors and academic coaches commit their time and energy to helping these students achieve educational success.


The Photo Gallery has images from REACH Signing Day events across the state.