Five Coffee Middle School eighth grade students were awarded $10,000 REACH Scholarships last week at a special signing ceremony at the school, marking the third straight year Coffee students have been awarded through the scholarship program. This year’s recipients are Aaliyah A’miracle Ringold, Koco Amani Holland, D’ojhene Monique Echols, Mackenzie Danielle Conway, and Emily Grace Boykin.
According to a press release from the Coffee County Board of Education, Dr. Morris Leis, Superintendent of Schools, along with Principal Sherri Berry and Eighth Grade Counselor Jill Pruitt recognized the scholars, which was followed by Coffee County REACH Coordinator Dr. Tonya Johnson sharing a video from Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal about the REACH program.
Two “special guests” also attended, those being State Representative Dominic LaRiccia and Vice President of REACH Georgia, Mr. Brad Bryant.
Coffee Middle’s Family and Consumer Science Department provided refreshments for the event.
REACH stands for “Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen.”
Governor Deal’s REACH Georgia Scholarship Program and the Coffee County School System’s Community Sponsors will fund the five $10,000 Scholarships for 8th grade students for the 2016-2017 School Year. This year’s sponsors are the Douglas Rotary Club, the Douglas Exchange Club, Colony Bank, Douglas Area Employer Committee, and Hurst & Hurst CPAs, LLC.
The $10,000 scholarship can be used at any Georgia HOPE-eligible post-secondary institution. Many Georgia colleges have agreed to match the scholarship and several, such as Georgia State, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, Georgia Southern and Mercer have all pledged to double-match. This means the total amount awarded may be $20,000 to $30,000.
According to the press release, “REACH Scholars commit to maintaining good behavior, attendance, and core curriculum GPAs throughout middle school and high school in order to remain eligible for the REACH Scholarship. They also meet with mentors twice a month and academic coaches monthly to develop and discuss education and career plans and to mentor the students. REACH not only helps students graduate from high school, but also gives them the tools to be able to complete college and return to our community and into our workforce.”