COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This weekend a group of local students are being rewarded for all their hard work in school.
The Columbus Scholars Project and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley hosted their 9th annual Scholarship “Signing Ceremony” on Saturday.
Nine academically talented fifth grade students were awarded $7,500 each in college scholarships.
The goal of the program to make college possible for Muscogee County students who have outstanding academic records but come from difficult family or financial circumstances
These students will also be able to participate in a long-term mentoring program with college students, all of whom are also former Columbus scholars. Leaders say this gives them a better idea of what college is really like now and how to prepare.
Muscogee County School District Superintendent David Lewis was this years guest speaker. The scholarship program is a collaboration with The Columbus Scholars Project (CS) and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Chattahoochee Valley (BBBSCV).
The young scholars chosen this year are:
- Alisha Hollis, Fox Elementary School
- Amari Sneed, Dorothy Height Elementary School
- Djuan White, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
- Dustin Tucker, Hannan Magnet Academy
- K'Morrie Thomas, Gentian Elementary School
- Layla Clontz, Brewer Elementary School
- Madeline Gonsalez, Downtown Magnet Academy
- Maurice Sims, South Columbus Elementary School
- Mikel Champion, Hannan Magnet Academy