8 Fulton County students ink deals for $10,000 to attend college

Eight Fulton County middle school students are signing a $10,000 college scholarship offer as part of a program aimed at helping low-income children graduate from high school and attend college.

Launched in 2012, REACH Georgia is a needs-based scholarship that begins in eighth grade. REACH scholars are paired with a mentor and an academic coach through high school. Scholars must maintain good behavior, grades (2.5 GPA in core courses) and attendance, and graduate from high school.

Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate are awarded a $10,000 scholarship that can be used at any HOPE eligible college in Georgia. Many colleges are matching or double-matching this scholarship. The scholarship is in addition to any other grant or scholarship the student receives.

Students will sign for the scholarships at an event being held Wednesday at the Fulton County schools administrative center in Atlanta. The scholarships are funded by REACH Georgia, Fulton County Schools and the Fulton Education Foundation.

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