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.
- October 22 – (Toombs & Vidalia City Schools) REACH Students Selected
- October 24 – (Fulton County) South Fulton Students Sign Commitments for $10,000 Scholarships
- October 25 – (Cobb County) Five Marietta Middle Scholars receive $50,000 in REACH college scholarship
- October 25 – (Muscogee County) Dad drives 15 hours to see his son become one of MCSD’s nine 2018 REACH Scholars
- October 25 – (Paulding County) PCSD REACH Scholars Sign Scholarships
- October 25 – (Butts County) Henderson Middle adds 3 new REACH Georgia scholars
- October 26 – (Bleckley County) Sen. Larry Walker Presents REACH Scholarships
- October 26 – (Hart County) Opportunity knocks for REACH scholars
- October 27 – (Carroll County) A commitment to REACH
- October 29 – (Bartow County) Bartow Students Sign Deal To Get $10K If They Graduate
- October 30 – (Fulton County) Fulton Students Sign Deal To Get $10K If They Graduate
- October 30 – (Rockdale County) RCPS middle schoolers sign for REACH scholarship
- October 30 – (Colquitt County) Five eighth graders sign REACH contracts
- October 31 – (DeKalb County) Tucker Middle students each awarded $10,000 scholarship
- November 1 – (Glascock County) REACH scholars recognized
- November 6 – (Douglas County) Five Douglas middle-schoolers agree to requirements for $10,000 REACH Scholarship
- November 14 – (Gordon County) Gordon County BOE recognizes REACH scholars
- November 30 – (Habersham County) Habersham Co. students ‘REACH’ for success