On Dec. 7, 2017, representatives from the University of North Georgia (UNG) and the Hall County School District (HCSD) met at Johnson High School (JHS) to sign official documents commemorating the implementation of the 2.3 million dollar Upward Bound Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. JHS Principal Stan Lewis welcomed UNG President Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, Hall County School District Superintendent Will Schofield, other guests from UNG and the HCSD, and a group of JHS students who could be possible participants of the five (5) year program, which will be funded by the grant. The University of North Georgia (UNG) has been awarded a total of $2.6 million over five years to help promising low-income high school students in Hall and Gilmer counties prepare for college.
In speaking to the group prior to the signing, HCSD Superintendent Will Schofield directed his remarks to the students, saying, “I took the opportunity to speak to several of you prior to today’s program to ask, ‘Where do you see yourself five years from now, and then ten years from now?’ What I heard were some big dreams and wonderful goals. This program will offer you the path to those dreams and goals.”
University of North Georgia President Dr. Bonita Jacobs spoke of how the grant will enhance an important role the university plays in this region: “Part of UNG’s mission is to increase educational attainment across northeast Georgia and strengthen the region’s economy. Through these grants and the Upward Bound program, we will be able to provide vital support to students in our region as they prepare for higher education and future career opportunities.”
Through Upward Bound, UNG will provide mentoring, parent engagement, state assessment preparation, career exploration, cultural experiences, and college visits to each high school participant of the program. UNG chose to collaborate with Johnson High School and Gilmer County High School for this program to build upon its existing partnerships with both schools.