Pike County Middle School 8th grade students Isabel Bailey, Jailah Blackmon, Braxton Earls, Paris Henley, and Paul Howard have been selected as REACH Scholars for the class of 2025.
Scholars who complete all program requirements receive up to $10,000 in scholarship funds — $2,500 a year for up to four years to be used at two- or four-year Georgia REACH-eligible institutions. In addition, continuing academic and social support is provided throughout the students’ attainment of the postsecondary degree or certificate; those schools also match (or even double) the scholarships for the students.
Students and their parents/guardians participated in a signing ceremony on January 5th, making the commitment to maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA; remain free of crime, drug or behavior issues; and meet with a volunteer mentor and an academic coach until they graduate from high school. The five students were chosen by a selection committee.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Duncan, as well as Pike County Middle School Principal Mr. Mike Maddox, Ninth Grade Academy Principal Ms. Sheryl Watts, Pike County High School Principal Mr. Kevin Huffstetler, and Pike County Board of Education Vice Chairman Mr. Allen Edwards, welcomed attendees and introduced the students and their families.
Isabel, Jailah, Braxton, Paris, and Paul will join REACH Scholars from across the state of Georgia who demonstrate true academic promise but may need additional support and preparation to obtain a post-secondary degree.
Reach currently serves 134 school systems across the state, with nearly 1,200 Scholars and more than $17 million committed in scholarship funds.
Funding for the first year of the program in Pike County comes from the REACH Georgia Foundation. Future funding will be sought in the community. The school system is also looking to the community for mentors. If you or your business are interested in joining the REACH team in Pike County, please call or email Reach Coordinator, Liz Fordham at the high school: firstname.lastname@example.org 770-567-8770 ext 2110.