BCMS Eighth Graders REACH For Success



Five Burke County Middle School eighth graders were each awarded a scholarship during a special signing ceremony on November 2, 2022, as a part of Georgia’s REACH Program. Beginning now, in 8th grade and through high school, these students will be paired with a mentor and an academic coach. They must maintain good grades, behavior, and attendance. Each student who completes the program requirements will receive $2,500 per year to be used towards the cost of attendance at a four or two-year institution in Georgia. The public-private scholarship program, launched by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2012, offers needs-based scholarships that give students the financial support and motivation to finish high school and college.Many of the state’s major universities, such as the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech, will match the grant should those students enroll there. A handful of universities, like Mercer University, will double the scholarship’s value for scholars who enroll. Recipients are selected by a committee of community members, based on a combination of factors, including academic performance and financial need. Standing (L-R): Miriam Lopez, Skyler Wiren. Seated (L-R): Cherry Ball-Walker, Ja’Miyah McBride, Chandler Neal-Hawthorne

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