This week, four South Fulton students were among nine Fulton County Schools middle-schoolers to sign commitments to graduate high school and accept a $10,000 college scholarship funded by the REACH Georgia program.
They are: Jasmin Segura of Camp Creek Middle; Sheridan Cruz of Bear Creek Middle; Teresa Lopez of Renaissance Middle; and Daniel Williams of Woodland Middle.
Students from Holcombe Bridge, Sandy Springs, Taylor Road, Elkins Pointe and Hopewell Middle Schools were also honored. All participated in a special signing event on October 23 similar to athletic scholarship signing ceremonies.
During the event, superintendent Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney offered remarks and encouragement.
“When times get tough, lean on us,” he said. “We are invested in you. We want to see you reach your goals and realize your dreams.”
REACH Georgia is a needs-based scholarship program that begins in eighth grade. Scholars are paired with a mentor and an academic coach through high school and must maintain good grades, behavior and attendance through middle and high school.
Those who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded a $10,000 scholarship to be used at any HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia. Many colleges are matching or double-matching this scholarship. The scholarship is in addition to any other grant or scholarship the student receives.
Pictured: Lopez, Cruz and Williams are honored in the REACH scholars ceremony surrounded by family members and Fulton County Schools educators. (Credit: Fulton County Schools)