REACH Scholars for 2021-2022

Class of 2026 REACH Scholars Named
Posted on 11/18/2021
Five talented eighth graders are well on their way to college acceptance and success after being named REACH Scholars. The students and parents participated in a signing ceremony on November 17, the terms of which will lead to a $10,000 college scholarship.

“We are thrilled that these five students will receive all the support they need to be successful in high school and beyond,” said Superintendent Trent North. “They will receive extra mentoring and guidance over the next five years as well as scholarship money, so they can be confident they will be successful in college and will have the financial backing to make their dreams possible.”

The REACH Scholarship was initiated in 2012 by Governor Nathan Deal. Douglas County was one of the first three school districts to offer the scholarship opportunity to students. Now there are more than 2,000 REACH Scholars in over 130 school systems across Georgia. Sixty-one of those REACH Scholars are from Douglas County, and 28 have graduated from high school and enrolled in college over the last four years. The first group of REACH Scholars graduated from college in 2021.

One of the REACH Scholars from Douglas County who graduated from Ft. Valley State University in 2021 is now working in Douglas County. Amber Moreland, pictured, spoke at the ceremony and shared her accomplishment of graduating from college debt free through the REACH Scholarship and additional matching funds.

REACH Scholars are selected through an application process. They are provided with a mentor from the community and an academic coach in middle and high school. REACH Scholars are required to perform service learning and maintain a designated grade point average, and parents are required to be deeply involved in their child’s preparation for college, including attendance at parent meetings and events. Upon graduation and successful completion of the program, REACH Scholars will receive a $10,000 scholarship to a HOPE eligible public or private college.

Pictured are Dimitriah Bualuay, Chestnut Log Middle School; Jayla Cook, Chapel Hill Middle School; Zoe Green, Factory Shoals Middle School; Superintendent Trent North; Yaritzy Antunez, Mason Creek Middle School; Tamya Lacey, Stewart Middle School; and Mitzi Teal, Executive Director of Communities in Schools.
Also pictured is REACH Scholar Zoe Green. She is watching as her mother adds her signature to the REACH commitment.

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