Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen!
Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH), is a tenet of the Complete College Georgia Initiative, and is Georgia’s first needs-based mentorship and scholarship program.
Rising 8th grade students can apply for selection as a scholar. They must show academic promise by having a minimum 2.5 GPA in core courses, as well as exhibiting good attendance and behavior. Students can apply from any middle school in Richmond County. Applications are usually made available in late Spring of each year at schools and at the bottom of this webpage. Selected applicants will participate in an inteview process conducted by community partners and Richmond County School System personnel. Currently, Richmond County has 36 REACH Scholars. A total of 13 scholars have graduated, with the first class graduating in 2020.
The students selected for the program have the opportunity to earn a minimum $10,000 scholarship. Some partner schools in the University System of Georgia have also agreed to match the $10,000. Additionally, students must maintain the academic, behavior and discipline requirements through graduation in order to reap the scholarship award.
Students are supported in their efforts by having an Academic Coach that they will meet one time per month in their school and a community mentor with which they will meet twice per month. Other activities will be provided for REACH scholars.
REACH Scholarship Funding
Funding for the first cohort of the program came through the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Georgia Power also contributed that year so that Richmond County had a total of 12 scholars (4 more than the state allotment of 8) in it's first cohort of scholars. After the inagural year, funds have been provided by various community sponsors. If you would like to learn more about how to contribute to Richmond County's REACH Scholar Program, please contact Mr. DeMargo Lewis, Community Engagement Coordinator at email@example.com or Mrs. Amelia Holmes (Ame), Coordinator of Health Services and REACH Scholar Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, see the link below.
This guide( produced by Take Stock in Children) provides a wealth of helpful activities that can be used in meeting with mentees. Topics include: (1) How to Identify Your Student's Needs (2) Personal Growth and Development, (3) Educational Planning (4) Supporting Academic Success and (5) Career Planning and Preparation