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Bulloch's first REACH GA Scholars to graduate
Posted 5/15/18

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.