Five talented seventh graders are well on their way to college acceptance and success after being named REACH Scholars. The students and parents participated in a signing ceremony on October 23, the terms of which will lead to a $10,000 college scholarship.
“We are thrilled that these five students will receive all the support they need to be successful in high school and beyond,” said Superintendent Trent North. “They will receive extra mentoring and guidance over the next six years as well as scholarship money, so they can be confident they will be successful in college and will have the financial backing to make their dreams possible.”
The REACH Scholarship was initiated in 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal. Douglas County was one of the first three school districts to offer the scholarship opportunity to students. Now there are 1,800 REACH Scholars in over 130 school systems across Georgia. Forty-three of those REACH Scholars are from Douglas County, and 13 have graduated from high school and enrolled in college over the last two years.
REACH Scholars are selected through an application process. They are provided with a mentor from the community and an academic coach in middle and high school. REACH Scholars are required to perform service learning and maintain a designated grade point average, and parents are required to be deeply involved in their child’s preparation for college, including attendance at parent meetings and events. Upon graduation and successful completion of the program, REACH Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship to a HOPE eligible public or private college.