Finish high school and receive a $10,000 scholarship to college. That’s the promise made to 11 Fulton County eighth-graders recently.
The scholarships awarded to each middle-school student are from the REACH Georgia program.
Superintendent Jeff Rose said the students are the first in their immediate families to attend college and receive scholarships.
The REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia program was started in 2012 under Gov. Nathan Deal as a needs-based scholarship to “promote academic success and expand access to higher education.”
The program requires each scholarship winner maintain a 2.5 grade point average and have no disciplinary problems. The students also meet regularly with volunteer mentors until they graduate from high school.
Parents also sign contracts to support their student’s education. Upon graduation, the students will receive up to a $10,000 scholarship – or $2,500 each up to four years – to use at a HOPE- eligible college.
The REACH Georgia program currently includes 69 school systems and 700 participating Georgia students.
Here are Fulton County’s REACH Georgia scholarship winners:
- Brandon Bermudez-Bolivar, Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta
- Helen Harden, Woodland Middle School, East Point
- Se’Dazia Harris, McNair Middle School, Atlanta
- Trinity Henry-Jack, Sandy Springs Middle School, Sandy Springs
- Lisa Lewis, Woodland Middle School, East Point
- Abdul Mustafa, Paul D. West Middle School, East Point
- Nina Pates, Bear Creek Middle School, Fairburn
- Victor Hugo Pedroza Carrasco, Renaissance Middle School, Fairburn
- Skylar VanOrden, Northwestern Middle School, Alpharetta
- Miriam Zetina-Hernandez, Ridgeview Middle School, Atlanta
- Devonnia Willis, Renaissance Middle School, Fairburn