• By Valerie L. Fuller, Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
  • Friday, March 17, 2017

2017 REACH Georgia Scholarship Applicants Wanted


Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release
Mercedes Parham
Director of Communications and Open Records Officer
Office: (706) 748-2034
Fax: (706) 748-2036

(Columbus, GA)-The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) is accepting applications for its second cohort of the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia Scholarship recipients.MCSD is one of 69 counties to participate in Governor Nathan Deal’s REACH Georgia Scholarship program, which offers $7,500 in funding per student. An additional $2,500 must be raised through private donations by the school district for a total of $10,000 per student combined. Deal launched REACH Georgia in 2012 as a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program that begins in the 8th grade.

Parents of 7th grade students who are interested in applying for the REACH Georgia Scholarship should contact the child's principal or school counselor for an application. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31, 2017. Candidates for the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program must meet the following qualifications.

*7th grade student at a participating and eligible Georgia middle school
*Qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program
*Legal status in the United States (U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident)
*Above average attendance (Missed less than 4 days with acceptable excuses)
*Above average behavior (No infractions or suspensions)
*Grade reports reflect minimum grades of a 2.5 /“C” or better in each core course
*Agree to maintain a crime and drug-free record
*Parental/Guardian consent and participation

Eligible applicants are reviewed and chosen for consideration by a Student Selection Committee. The finalists are selected by a community group of business leaders, faith-based leaders, university, college personnel, and Chamber of Commerce members. Last year, there were 32 applicants. The MCSD awarded 8 REACH Georgia Scholarships in September 2016.

Scholarship recipients are required to sign a contract, maintain a 2.5 grade point average, abstain from drug, criminal, and behavior related issues, and meet with a volunteer mentor throughout their academic career in high school and college. In addition, parents or guardians of the REACH Scholars are required to sign a contract to support their child and the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program requirements throughout their education.

Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year) that can be used at any HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia. Eligible Georgia colleges and universities can match or double match the scholarship, which is in addition to any other grant or scholarship the student may receive.

For more information, contact communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us .REACH Georgia Scholarship