Hall County Schools: 2023 REACH Scholars Signing Ceremony

On Monday, October 22, the Hall County School Board hosted the REACH signing ceremony for the third class of Hall County REACH Scholars.

2023 HCSD REACH Scholars
First Name Last Name Middle School
Deiler Aquino-Gaspar NHMS
Alondra Cordero Albarran CBMS
Dayami Martinez NHMS
America Lucario CA
Kassandra Martinez EHMS
Diego Gonzalez EHMS

Link to pictures from the REACH signing ceremony: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fWZBXPCmeaJP-mNccCbUQHQPPLxjNXen

What is the REACH Program?

REACH Georgia is the State of Georgia’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. The mission is to ensure that Georgia’s academically promising students have the academic, mentorship, programming, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve post-secondary success.

REACH identifies promising 8th grade students and provides them with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve post-secondary success.

REACH Scholars receive:

  1. A mentor from 8th-12th grade (provided through a partnership with Center Point)
  2. An academic coach from 8th-12th grade
  3. Enrichment opportunities, such as college visits, job shadowing and internship opportunities, and other experiences that will broaden their horizons and prepare them for future success.
  4. A $10,000 scholarship to any Georgia university or technical school upon high school graduation.

REACH Scholars Hall County website: https://www.earlycollegehallco.org/reach-scholars.html

REACH Georgia website: http://reachga.org/

HCSD REACH Georgia video for the class of 2023: Link: https://animoto.com/play/mnG1GE10UhHQJhRs6fnGxA




Background of the REACH Georgia program:

In 2015, 26,427 high school seniors in Georgia did not graduate from high school. In an effort to raise high school graduation rates in our state, REACH Georgia and REACH Georgia School Systems give support to the selected REACH Scholars beyond a financial scholarship. REACH Scholars are also given the academic and social support to ensure they graduate from high school and attain a college degree or certificate. We believe our multi-step approach leads to success for each child.

  1. Student Commitment: REACH Scholars are selected in middle school and sign a contract along with their parent/guardian to maintain a 2.5 GPA, remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free, and meet with a volunteer mentor and academic coach until they graduate from high school. To be awarded their scholarship, each Scholar must continue to meet program requirements until high school graduation. If a student does not fulfill program standards, they risk losing their $10,000 scholarship.
  1. Parental/Guardian Commitment: Along with their Scholar, REACH parents or guardians sign a contract to support and encourage their student to develop positive relationships with teachers, mentors, tutors, counselors and academic coaches, attend REACH Georgia sponsored meetings, and continually communicate with school personnel and volunteers to ensure their student is on the path to high school graduation.
  1. Mentor Commitment: Each REACH School System commits to match each Scholar with a caring adult mentor who aims to meet with the student every week for a minimum of eight times per semester. These volunteer mentors are recruited, trained, supported, and monitored by the REACH School Systems to ensure the Scholars are provided with appropriate academic and social support.
  1. Academic Coach Commitment: Each Scholar is provided with an academic coach within the school system who monitors each student’s behavior, grades and weekly attendance. The academic coach meets with the student once per month to ensure Scholars are on track to graduate and continue to meet program regulations.
  1. Financial Scholarship: Each Scholar who completes all program requirements receives up to $10,000 scholarship that was designated for him/her in the 8th grade. The Scholar is able to receive up to $2,500 per year for up to four years to be used at a two- or four-year Georgia REACH eligible institution of their choosing to be used towards the cost of attendance.
  1. Continuation of Academic and Social Support: REACH Georgia ensures that Scholars not only have access to a postsecondary institution, but are also equipped with the resources to successfully transition and complete their postsecondary degree. REACH Georgia, in partnership with our postsecondary institutions, provides continuous support throughout their postsecondary degree or certificate attainment.