Peach County, Dublin City Schools students are new REACH scholars

BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Four Peach County students and three Dublin City Schools students are getting a head start at saving money for college.

They are all new REACH Scholars.

REACH is the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen program. It was launched by Governor Nathan Deal two years ago. It is a needs-based scholarship that is designed to promote academic success and expand access to higher education.

First Lady Sandra Deal stopped by Byron Middle School Wednesday to present the awards.

Eight graders Terkell Jefferson and Lauren Hammock go to Fort Valley Middle School. Davion James and Willie Mena go to Byron Middle School

They will have to keep good grades, attendance, and behavior in order to receive the $10,000 scholarships once they graduate from high school.

“They’re telling us that 60% of our workforce will need additional education beyond high school, and so it’s very important to us that these young people get a good education,” First Lady Deal said.

“I feel proud that I accomplished something,” Hammock said.

Three Dublin City School eighth graders are also REACH scholars.

Shakeeria Fisher, Ke’Lexus Guyton, and Katherine Outlaw signed their scholarship contracts Wednesday.

In addition to the money, all of the scholars will get a mentor to guide them through high school.

123 of Georgia’s 1.6 million students were selected for the program.

Categories: Laurens County, Local News, Peach County

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