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Grant Recipients


Spring 2017 Grant Recipients - 

Fall 2016 Grant Recipients - Total grants $11,259.59

Spring 2016 Grant Recipients  - Total grants $8,981




Statesboro 5K Turkey Trot advertisementThe Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education will host its 11th Annual Statesboro 5K Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., on the Bulloch County Courthouse Square. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages as individuals or teams of five or more. 


Register online at www.active.com. Pre-registration is preferred to guarantee a t-shirt. Early Bird race packet pick up is on Fri., Nov. 16, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at the Bulloch County Board of Education- Board Room, located at 150 Williams Road, in Statesboro.


This is a complete schedule of race day activities:


8:00 a.m. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Courthouse. 


8:45 a.m. - A free mascot run is at 8:45 a.m.No registration is required. Simply have your business or school mascot arrive by 8:15 a.m. to the Courthouse Square for line up. Mascots may where tennis shoes if their costumes allow it.


9:00 a.m. -  1K fun run for ages 12 and under.


9:30 a.m. -  5K Turkey Trot for runners and walkers of all ages. The 5K course begins at the Courthouse and winds through Statesboror's historic retail and residential area.


11:00 a.m. - Awards ceremony for all age divisions. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place male and female winners in the Turkey Trot Run in 14 age divisions from age 12- and-under to 70+. Results will be posted on www.coolrunning.com and www.runninintheusa.com. 


All proceeds benefit K-12 education programs, teachers and students in Bulloch County:

  • Annual investment of $7,500 in REACH Georgia Scholarships for our students
  • Annual $1,000 Grant to Bulloch County Teacher of the Year
  • Annual awards of $20,000+ in innovation grants to Bulloch County Schools' teachers
  • Sustaining partner of Bulloch's STAR student/teacher program 

Scholars will receive a combined $110,000 

in REACH scholarships in addition to HOPE


Bulloch County Schools, the Board of Education, the REACH Georgia program, and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public School Education honored Bulloch County’s very first cohort of REACH Georgia scholars at a special reception at the district’s Central Office on May 10.  Selected in seventh grade, the five scholars are now members of their schools’ 2018 graduating class, some achieving honor graduate and valedictorian status. The district also recognized the mentors and academic coaches who have been paired with the scholars since middle school.


Each one of the scholars has successfully met the REACH Georgia program's stringent academic, discipline, attendance, and mentoring requirements since 2013. The scholars all plan to pursue a post-secondary degree from a public college or university in Georgia.


The scholars were presented with graduation regalia further recognizing their dedication to and completion of the REACH program’s high standards.  The Georgia Student Finance Corporation has held their scholarship funds in escrow since 2013, and now each will be receive their $10,000 REACH scholarship plus $10,000 in matching funds from their chosen Georgia public college or university. Georgia Southern University is one of 11 institutions that double match the scholarship. Combined the scholars will receive $110,000 in scholarships in addition to HOPE.


REACH Georgia is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program started by Governor Nathan Deal. It is designed to ensure that the state’s academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school and complete college.  Bulloch County is one of five school systems that the state initially selected to pilot the program in 2013.


In Bulloch County the school district’s participation in REACH is underwritten by the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education. The Foundation annually pays the $7,500 seed money investment to the state. In the program’s six-year history, the district has named 25 REACH scholars, but this is the first cohort to graduate. Some of the scholars will be the first in their families to attend college.


These are Bulloch County's 2013 Cohort of REACH Georgia Scholars who will graduate with the Class of 2018:


Amaya Brown – Statesboro High School 2018 Graduate; daughter of Michael & Tamika Brown; plans to attend East Georgia State College and major in Nursing; Mentor is Mildred Wilson and academic coach is Ashley Thompson.


Da'Neshia Jones – Southeast Bulloch High School 2018 Honor Graduate; daughter of Linton & Demetres Jones; plans to attend Kennesaw State College and major in Biology (pre-med); Mentor is Renee Perry and academic coach is Concella Holder.


Amonica Kirkland – Portal Middle High School 2018 Valedictorian and Honor Graduate; daughter of Benita Palmer and Gary Kirkland; plans to attend Wesleyan College and major in Pre-Dentistry with a minor in Spanish;  Mentor is Cheri Wagner and academic coach is Jennifer Yates.


Kailana Low – Statesboro High School 2018 Honor Graduate; daughter of Leihua Low-Turner; plans to attend Georgia Southern University and major in Early Childhood Education; Mentor is Lauren Amason and academic coach is Dr. Alissa Sasser.


Aisley Scarboro – Portal Middle High School 2018 Honor Graduate; daughter of Tan Frison; plans to attend Georgia Southern University and major in Exercise Science; Mentor is Chianti Culver and academic coach is Joe Bettinger.


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First cohort of REACH GA Scholars in 2013





​(Picture 1 - Pictured L-R) First cohort of REACH Georgia Scholars when they were recognized by the Board of Education in 2013, and their original middle school: De’Neshia Jones (SEBMS), Amonica Kirkland (PMHS), Kailana Low (LCMS), Aisley Scarboro (PMHS), and Amaya Brown (LCMS).


First cohort of REACH GA Scholars as members of Class of 2018(Picture 2 – Pictured L-R in same order) 2013 REACH Georgia scholars as members of the Class of 2018 during Bulloch County’s REACH reception.


Clovers and Company Concert FlyerThe Bulloch County 4H and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education, along with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences proudly present Clovers & Co. in concert on Saturday, January 27, at 7 p.m., in the Statesboro High School Auditorium. The event is open to the public and is a benefit event for the Foundation.


Opening acts are the Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus and Chyann Rose, a local performing artist, who is a senior at SEBHS, and a member of Clovers & Co. If you like live, acoustic music and phenomenal talent don’t miss this show.


Tickets are $10 in advance for adults, students are $5, and children under 5 are free. Tickets are available for advance purchase and pick up at the Bulloch County 4H Office, Brooklet United Methodist Church, and the Bulloch County Board of Education.  Tickets can also be purchased by phone using a major credit card by calling the Bulloch Co. 4H office at 912.871.6130.


Clovers & Co. is Georgia’s premier youth musical ensemble and is composed of talented singers, dancers, musicians and stagehands ranging in age from 12 to 18. Their auditions through the GA 4H performing arts program and proven talent have landed them a coveted spot in the 55-member traveling cast. Clovers & Co.’s superior talent will leave you amazed that these are only middle and high school students. For this reason, it’s not surprising that alumni of the cast have gone on to be celebrated stars in the music and entertainment industry. Stars like Hillary Lindsey, an acclaimed, multi-award-winning songwriter, whose written numerous number one hits for today’s top acts like Lady Gaga (Million Reasons), Carrie Underwood (Jesus Take the Wheel and six other of her #1 hits), Lady Antebellum (American Honey), and Sara Evans (A Little Bit Stronger), and Sugarland’s lead singer, Jennifer Nettles.


All proceeds from the event benefit the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education and its innovation grant program which funds teachers' ideas - Ideas that enhance the learning experiences for local students. The event is also a great opportunity for local and area 4H students to learn how they can audition and possibly become part of this touring company.


Foundation LogoThe Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education is now accepting applications for its Spring 2018 Innovation Grants.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 12, at 4:00 p.m.  The Foundation will award more than $10,000 in mini-grants on Thursday, Feb. 8, to faculty who seek to provide innovative learning opportunities to Bulloch County Schools' students. An application is available online at www.bullochschools.org/foundation.




Turkety Trot 5K LogoThe 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K is Saturday, November 18 through beautiful downtown Statesboro. You can register online now at Active.com! For registration forms and sponsorship details, visit www.bullochschools.org/foundation.


The event is fun for competitive runners and the whole family. Form your own team of friends, teammates, coworkers, or neighbors, get active as a family or be a party of one, either way, it's fun for any fitness level. Warm up on the Courthouse Square, enjoy the scenic route through downtown Statesboro and its vibrant fall colors and end your trek at the Main Street Farmers Market, the Averitt Center for the Arts' Main Gallery or fuel up at one of our local restaurants.

Registration is $20 for students with a valid i.d. and $20 for members of teams of five or more. Individual registration is $25 prior to Nov. 4, and $30 thereafter.


Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 8 a.m., a mascot race and kids 1K fun run follows at 8:30. The 5K Turkey Trot begins at 9:00. Awards will be presented immediately following the race. See you Nov. 18.


All proceeds help the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education fund innovation grants for Bulloch County Schools' teachers, provide REACH Georgia Scholarships to deserving youth, and provide an annual grant of $1,000 to the school system's Teacher of the Year.



Board of Trustees

Tara Mincey, Chairman

Georgia Power Company


Ann Cromley, Treasurer

Ann Cromley, CPA


Jaclyn P. Cason

Frontier Communications


Christina L. Young

Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP


Donna Martin

BMC Preschool Director (retired)


Mike Herndon

Statesboro Agency, Inc.


Angela Rosengart

Ogeechee Technical College


Priscilla Clifton

School Principal (retired)


Beth Freeman

Morris Publishing Group


Gwen Lane

Retired Educator


David Hoyle

Photographer/Business Owner


Josh Aubrey

Statesboro Herald