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Seminole County School System announces five 2021 REACH Scholars

Seminole County REACH scholars, pictured left to right seated in front of their parent are Deshawn Edwards with his mother Miranda Wright, Kynia Blake with her mother Jauwanta King, Gabrielle Hunter with her mother Mary Ann Hunter, Madison Deese, daughter of Tiffany Deese, with her stepfather Samuel Revells, and Jozlyn Cobb  with her mother Nicole Cobb

Five Seminole County eighth graders recently signed contracts agreeing to get good grades and attendance, meet with academic coaches and mentors and to graduate from high school and pursue postsecondary education.

As their reward, the State of Georgia will provide them $10,000 ($2,500 per year) toward four years of college or technical education. 

The five Seminole County Middle High School students selected for the prestigious honor this year are Deshawn Edwards, Kynia Blake, Gabrielle Hunter, Madison Deese, and Jozlyn Cobb.

Seminole County Board of Education recognized, honored and congratulated the REACH GEORGIA Scholars of Seminole County Middle High School at a ceremony and reception held last Thursday morning the middle high school cafeteria. 

REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia is a mentorship and needs based scholarship program that begins in the eighth grade. The program provides scholars with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, gain access to college and achieve post-secondary success. Upon successful completion of the program, qualifying students earn a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 max/year or $1,250/semester) towards the cost of attendance at a HOPE-eligible postsecondary institution.

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.

To be eligible for the REACH GEORGIA Program, a student must currently be enrolled in the eighth grade at an eligible Georgia school in a participating REACH GEORGIA district, and have grade reports reflecting at least 2.5 cumulative grade point average in core courses. Candidates must also demonstrate and provide proof of financial need, have proven legal status in the United States, have good attendance and behavior, have a crime and drug-free record, and must have demonstrated the support of a parent, legal guardian, or other caring adult.

To be considered for this program each REACH student had to complete an application, and provide all requested documentation. The applications of all Reach candidates were reviewed based on requirements, and applicants chosen based on requirements were then interviewed  by the REACH selection committee panel.

A special thank you of support for the REACH GEORGIA program goes out to Seminole County Schools Superintendent Mark Earnest, SCMHS Principal Shane Purdy, SCMHS Assistant Principal Mary Jean Albrittion, SCMHS Assistant Principal Truette Johnson, Seminole County Board of Education Board Members Dr. Charles Walker, Spencer Stewart, Dr. Michael Kirkland, Trent Clark and Les Robinson, Seminole County REACH GA Selection Committee Members Dr. Jamaca Coachman, Cecilia Weir, Pearlie Worlds, Rebecca Grantham, and Greg Mims.

The Seminole County Middle High School REACH GEORGIA Committee consists of Dr. Marie Godwin, REACH GEORGIA Coordinator, Natalie Horne, Counselor, Meredith Shingler, and Susan Chambliss.

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