REACH Georgia was launched on February 6, 2012, at Georgia Institute of Technology with the announcement of AT&T being REACH’s first corporate partner with a donation of $250,000. The REACH Georgia Scholarship “rewards students for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support; all factors that we know are critical in student educational achievement,” said Governor Nathan Deal at the launch of the program. In a two-year pilot, REACH Georgia added five school systems–Rabun, Douglas, Dodge, Quitman, and Bulloch Counties–committed 35 students as REACH Scholars and invested $350,000 to student scholarships. Today, REACH serves 154 school systems across Georgia and nearly 2,400 Scholars, committing over $24 million in scholarships. For 2020-2021, the academic year will REACH enroll up to 10 new school systems and roughly 600 new Scholars. REACH’s goal is to have all 180 school systems become REACH participating school systems and serve over 3,000 Scholars.
When our REACH Scholars graduate from high school, they are awarded up to a $10,000 scholarship to attend a Georgia HOPE-eligible two or four-year college of their choice, and if they attend a partner college or university, they are awarded up to a $20,000.00 scholarship. Many of these colleges are matching or double-matching the scholarship to provide Scholars with additional resources.
Last year, we had 5 REACH Scholars who graduated and went to partner universities, which allowed them to receive $20,000.00 toward their college education. The date for our REACH ceremony will be October 28, 2021at 9:00 A.M. and will be held at the Oak Hill Middle School theater.
On behalf of students who will benefit from this program, thank you for your support and donation.