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Five Athens Eighth Graders Awarded $10k Scholarship for College


Affording college may be out of reach for some, but the Clarke County School District and surrounding school districts are helping alleviate the financial burden for some middle school students.

REACH Georgia (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen), a needs-based mentor and scholarship program, will recognize the five 2019-20 REACH Scholars at a formal signing ceremony Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at the Athens Community Career Academy. 

Scholars, who are paired with a mentor and academic coach, must maintain good grades, behavior and attendance throughout middle and high school. Upon graduation, they are awarded a $10,000 scholarship that can be used at any HOPE-eligible Georgia institution.


 “The REACH program and the support it offers our scholars not only makes college financially possible but provides the academic and social-emotional assistance to ensure each of these amazing students find success," said Tessa Barbazon, the CCSD REACH Scholarship coordinator and the director of School Counseling and Social-Emotional Learning.


The five scholars are Aaliyah Allen, W. R. Coile Middle; Laniya Jones, Clarke Middle; Jacqueline Medina, W. R. Coile Middle; Tahtiana Talley, Hilsman Middle; and Danitza Ulloa, Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle.


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