Rabun County Schools host REACH scholars signing day

Rabun County Schools hosted the REACH Georgia scholars signing day on Oct. 19 where five local students were chosen as the recipients.

According to Rabun County Assistant Superintendent Joi Woods, REACH Georgia was launched back in 2012 at Georgia Institute of Technology with the announcement of AT&T being REACH’s first corporate sponsor with a donation of $250,000.

The REACH Georgia Scholarship “rewards students for self-accountability, promotes parent involvement and provides motivation and support; all factors that we know are critical in student educational achievement,” said Governor Nathan Deal at the launch of the program.

In a two-year pilot, REACH Georgia added five school systems–Rabun, Douglas, Dodge, Quitman and Bulloch Counties–committed 35 students as REACH Scholars and invested $350,000 to student scholarships. Today, REACH serves 134 school systems across Georgia and nearly 1,200 Scholars, committing over $17 million in scholarships.

Locally, Rabun County students Natalie Brown, Beverly Diaz, Branson Gragg, Bailey Maloney and Riley Maloney were selected as the REACH scholars.