Three Madison County eighth graders will be named REACH Scholarship winners in September.
Madison County School Superintendent Allen McCannon said this week that the school system has been included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s new REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Scholarship program, which has been established to help students of all backgrounds further their education.
Sixteen Georgia school systems currently offer this program. The scholarship is offered to students whose parents did not attend college.
According to information from the governor’s office, the program selects candidates in middle school who then sign a contract requiring they maintain a certain grade point average, abstain from drug, criminal, and behavior related issues and to meet with a volunteer mentor throughout their academic career until high school graduation. Their parents or guardians will sign a contract indicating they will support their student throughout their education. Students that meet the REACH Scholarship requirements will receive a renewable award of $2,500 to be used at any HOPE-eligible institution.
McCannon noted that many colleges will then match the $2,500.
Madison County’s first REACH Scholar winners have yet to be chosen. McCannon said a committee of members from the county Chamber of Commerce, Retired Teachers Association and Family Connections program will determine award winners locally.
A ceremony to introduce those winners will be held Sept. 24.
McCannon said three new REACH Scholarship winners will be named yearly.