Emely M. Pajarito, Cartersville City School System, Class of 2017

What is the best part about being a REACH Scholar?

It gives me the opportunity to immediately attend a 4-year college after high school, rather than beginning at a community college and transferring. The funds provided by REACH and the matching funds from the University System made this possible.

How have you benefited from your involvement with REACH?

I was able to participate in the 21st Century Leaders program which was a great experience. I enjoyed meeting students from other school systems.

How has your future outlook changed since becoming a REACH Scholar?

I was concerned about having to take out student loans to cover the difference between HOPE, Pell and local scholarships and the cost of attending a large university. REACH takes that worry away.