Club ID11
Meeting Date2018-07-18
Speaker ID
ProgramRegular Meeting: Mr. Brad Bryant, Vice President of REACH (www.GSFC.org)
NotesREACH Georgia Continues to Grow
Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Georgia had another successful year that included adding new school systems and raising over half a million dollars.

FY 2016 was a banner year for the REACH Georgia program and the 2016-2017 academic school year looks to be even better with the addition of 28 new school systems and the first class of Scholars set to graduate in the spring.

“We’re pleased with the growth of REACH over the past four years,” said Brad Bryant, Vice President of REACH. “The program started small with five school systems and 35 Scholars. With these additional school systems, REACH will have a total of 69 school systems and over 700 Scholars participating.”

REACH’s first cohort of seventeen Scholars are set to be a part of the Class of 2017. Each Scholar will be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 a year for up to four years) to use towards the cost of attendance at a HOPE eligible public or private postsecondary institution. A new class of Scholars will make a public declaration of starting that same journey on REACH's statewide Signing Day September 20, 2016.

“It’s always great,” said Bryant, “to see Scholars take a positive step towards their college education.”

The REACH Georgia Foundation took a positive step in its first year as well, raising $650,000 to support the program. Synovus, a wealth management organization, has been hired to invest the funds and the Foundation has declared an FY 2017 goal of $850,000.

“With a shared commitment from our communities, our school systems and the state,” said Governor Nathan Deal, “we can help children reach their full potential and earn a postsecondary credential.”

That goal will now extend to a new pilot program aimed at providing REACH program funding and support for foster children in existing REACH school systems.

“By 2020, our goal is to be in all 180 Georgia school districts and supporting 2,800 REACH Scholars in graduating from high school and succeeding in college,” said GSFC President Tricia Chastain. “We appreciate Governor Deal and the General Assembly's continued support of the REACH program and look forward to launching the new pilot program for foster youth in the coming school year.”
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