2018-11-14 / Campus

Ceremony honors REACH scholars at ECHS


REACH Scholars, seated from left with family members, are Keith Williams, Alicia Kimbrough, Alexcia Johnson, Jakob Garrett and Destiny Ceasar. REACH Scholars, seated from left with family members, are Keith Williams, Alicia Kimbrough, Alexcia Johnson, Jakob Garrett and Destiny Ceasar. Early County’s fourth annual REACH Scholarship signing ceremony was Thursday, Nov. 8. This year’s REACH scholars include Keith Williams, Alicia Kimbrough, Alexcia Johnson, Jakob Garrett and Destiny Ceasar.

REACH scholars receive academic and social support (8th-12th grades) and financial support.

Each scholar has an academic coach who meets or checks in with them monthly. Socially, they meet with a mentor twice per nine weeks and financially they receive $10,000 to any HOPE-eligible public or private college in Georgia.

Early County has invested over $30,000 for REACH scholars through individual donors, organizations, and fundraisers.

Some colleges match or double-match REACH money, which means these scholars could possibly receive up to $30,000 in addition to other financial scholarships, awards or assistance for which they qualify.

Students are nominated by teachers and complete an application. Qualifying students are then interviewed by a local REACH committee.

Students chosen to join REACH Georgia sign contracts to maintain a certain grade point average, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school.

REACH Georgia is a key component of the governor’s Complete College Georgia initiative, which identifies strategies for the state’s public and private colleges to add an additional 250,000 college graduates by 2020 and ensure these students graduate with relevant postsecondary degrees.

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