COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Muscogee County School District announced that eight students will receive academic scholarships as a part of the Realizing Education Achievement Can Happen, or REACH Georgia Scholarship Program.
Governor Nathan Deal launched the REACH Georgia program in 2012 as a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program that begins in the eighth grade.
The names of the recipients are:
- Brinique Wright, Baker Middle School
- Alexsandra Casanova, Eddy Middle School
- Johnny Moore, Jr., Eddy Middle School
- Akeamma Thomas, Eddy Middle School
- Katherine Waters, Eddy Middle School
- Adam Cobis-Ribeiro, Richards Middle School
- Dillon Jack, Richards Middle School
- Brianna Owens, Rothschild Leadership Academy
The Governor's wife, First Lady Sandra Deal, addressed the scholars Tuesday during the signing ceremony at the Muscogee County Public Education Center. She encouraged the students to complete their education with the highest standards in mind.
"The program requires students to maintain a 2.5-grade point average, but go for a 4.0," said First Lady Sandra Deal.
Dr. David F. Lewis, the MCSD Superintendent, Board members, educators, city, local and state leaders also welcomed the newly selected MCSD 8th-grade Scholars to the program at the Muscogee County Public Education Center. The scholars and their parents signed contracts pledging to uphold the REACH Georgia program requirements.
"This is an excellent partnership and commitment with our schools, parents, and community in support of the whole child," said Melvin F. Blackwell, Chief Student Services Officer. "We are proud of all of our REACH Georgia recipients and our mentors who will continue the wonderful work that has already begun to ensure our students have continuous support for success during the remainder of middle school, throughout high school and on into college."
More details on the program:
- Each REACH Scholar is paired with a mentor and an academic coach through middle and high school to provide the needed support to graduate from high school, apply to college, achieve post-secondary success and be prepared for the 21st-century workforce. In addition, the students must maintain good grades (2.5 GPA), good behavior and good attendance through middle school and high school.
- Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded the $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year) that can be used at any HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia.
- Eligible Georgia colleges and universities can match or double match the scholarship, which is in addition to any other grant or scholarship the student may receive.