SPSU has pledged to match funds awarded by Gov. Nathan Deal’s new needs-based REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Scholarship program to support the education of deserving students who choose to enroll at the university.
Scholars – to be selected in middle school – will sign a contract to maintain a certain grade average, remain crime-, drug- and behavior-issue-free and meet with a volunteer mentor until they graduate from high school. They will receive academic, social and financial support. Students who complete program requirements will receive a renewable yearly tuition scholarship of $2,500 to be used at any HOPE eligible institution. The parents or guardians of REACH scholars will also sign a contract to support their child throughout their education.
Douglas, Rabun and Bulloch County School Systems will pilot the scholarship program. Through a $250,000 donation from AT&T, the REACH Program’s founding donor, 25 scholars will be selected from the three school systems to be REACH Scholars. In the following year, eligible school systems will have the opportunity to participate through an open application process.
SPSU is one of many Georgia colleges and universities that will support the REACH program by matching funds, along with the University System of Georgia Foundation.