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Schools raising funds for REACH scholarships
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The Liberty County School System is fundraising for the REACH Scholarship Program, according to Dr. Patti Crane, chief information officer.

Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen is Georgia’s first public-private, needs-based mentorship and scholarship program. Gov. Nathan Deal launched it in 2012. REACH scholars are paired with mentors and academic coaches through high school. Student must maintain GPA’s of at least 2.5 GPA in core courses, and good behavior and attendance through middle and high school.

Those who complete the program and graduate from high school receive $10,000 scholarships for any HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia. The scholarship is in addition to any other grant or scholarship the student receives.

Liberty County became a REACH district last spring and has since selected five REACH students from among current 8th-graders.
While the Georgia Student Finance Commission provides funding to administer the program, community sponsors provide most of each REACH scholars’ financial award.

A school system’s federal or state funds cannot be used. For the 2015-2016 school year, a total of 42 school systems are participating in the REACH program, and all of the districts are working diligently to raise funds for the postsecondary success of the REACH Scholars.

To donate to the LCSS REACH Program, go to or obtain a pledge card and envelope at the Board of Education building. The donations are tax-deductible, and all money raised will go toward the scholarships for these students. For more information, contact Torri Jackson at or 912-876-2161.

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