Rabun students earn more than $50,000 in scholarships

  • Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Superintendent April Childers, left, Vanessa Balderas, Itzia Vasquez, Justin Cody, Melanie Mendoza, Roseanna Carver and assistant superintendent Jonathan Gibson attend the REACH signing ceremony in the Rabun County Band Room last Friday.
    Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Superintendent April Childers, left, Vanessa Balderas, Itzia Vasquez, Justin Cody, Melanie Mendoza, Roseanna Carver and assistant superintendent Jonathan Gibson attend the REACH signing ceremony in the Rabun County Band Room last Friday.
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TIGER— Students from Rabun County Schools are one step closer to being financially prepared for college after receiving $10,000 each in REACH Georgia Scholarships.

Students Vanessa Balderas, Roseanna Carver, Justin Cody, Melanie Mendoza and Itzia Vasquez were awarded the scholarships at a signing ceremony held in the Rabun County High School Band Room Friday, October 18.

These five students are selected for the scholarship as eighth graders and receive $2,500 a year for four years of college, said Superintendent April Childers at the ceremony.

“The REACH Georgia Scholarship Program was designed for the “low-income kids who demonstrate true academic promise, but may not have the personal motivation, academic preparation or financial support they need to obtain a postsecondary degree, diploma or career certificate,” according to the REACH Georgia website.

It’s the state of Georgia’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program and was launched by Gov. Nathan Deal as part of the Complete College Georgia Initiative, according to the website.

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