The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) has named nine local middle school students as new scholars of the Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia Scholarship Program.

Students were honored at the Muscogee County Public Education Center. Superintendent Dr. David F. Lewis, members of the Board of Education, educators, and supporting members of the community helped welcome the newly selected Muscogee County 8th grade scholars to the program during this event. The new scholars represent seven local middle schools.

The honored students are:

Beatriz Chavez-Almanza, Eddy Middle School
Breanna Bryant, Eddy Middle School
Dean Devlin II, Aaron Cohn Middle School
Ayonna Durand, Double Churches Middle School
Dimitri Flowers, Midland Middle School
Christopher Contreras-Lozano, Baker Middle School
Marcus Mesis, Rothschild Leadership Academy
Ashley Warren, Blackmon Road Middle School
Jameelah Watson, Baker Middle School

Gov. Nathan Deal launched REACH Georgia in 2012 as a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program that begins in the 8th grade. Each REACH Scholar is paired with a mentor and an academic coach through middle and high school.

These people help provide the recipients the needed support to graduate from high school, apply to college, achieve post-secondary success, and prepare for the 21st-century workforce.

Students must maintain good grades (2.5 minimum GPA), behavior, and attendance throughout middle school and high school. Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year) that can be used at any HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia.

Eligible Georgia colleges and universities can match or double match the $10,000 scholarship, which is in addition to any other grant or scholarship that the student may receive.

For more information about the REACH program visit the MCSD Facebook page, Muscogee County School District REACH Georgia Facebook page, or http://reachga.org.

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