How Atlanta students can get up to $20,000 for college

Atlanta high school students can get college scholarships worth up to $20,000 starting this year.

The scholarships are from a nonprofit called Achieve Atlanta, whose goal is to increase the number of low-income Atlanta students who earn a degree or other credential after high school.

Atlanta Public Schools Class of 2016 graduates are eligible for the scholarships if they’ve been enrolled in an Atlanta high school since at least junior year and meet academic requirements: A weighted grade point average of at least 75 for technical schools or associate degree programs or at least 80 for 4-year schools. Students also must demonstrate financial need by qualifying for a full or partial Pell Grant.

Achieve Atlanta, which is funded by the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation, expects to award nearly $4 million in scholarships this year

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