REACH Georgia

The goal of Governor Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative is to graduate an additional 250,000 college students by 2020 with relevant postsecondary degrees for an ever-changing workforce. One of the programs created to help achieve that goal is Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH).

From the Alabama border to the Atlantic Ocean inside the Peach State, there are academically promising students who qualify for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and strive to be the first in their family to attend college. REACH encourages both students and the community to shed their preconceived notions and ensure those dreams become reality.

Deal launched this initiative state-wide as a “strategic investment in our students and our state.” Through college scholarships and academic and community support provided by the REACH program, more students can attain postsecondary credentials and be workforce ready.

REACH Scholars are required to sign a contract vowing to maintain good behavior, keep a cumulative grade point average above 2.5, meet with their REACH mentor at least twice a month and, along with their parents’ guidance, focus on achieving both a high school diploma and college degree.

This is Georgia’s first public-private, needs-based scholarship program and AT&T, the initial private sponsor, provided seed funding for the pilot school systems: Rabun, Quitman, Douglas, Dodge and Bulloch County Schools.

To date, $1.8 million has been raised from private entities such as AT&T, Georgia Power, University System of Georgia Foundation and individual donors. School systems have raised more than $750,000 and the Georgia General Assembly has appropriated $6.75 million over the last three fiscal years.

For more information about the program regulations or getting involved within your community, contact Brad Bryant, Vice President of REACH Georgia, at 770.724.9248.

Participating School Systems

Atlanta Public Schools

Baldwin County Schools

Barrow County Schools

Ben Hill County Schools

Bibb County Schools

Bleckley County Schools

Bulloch County Schools

Burke County Schools

Butts County Schools

Calhoun County Schools

Calhoun City Schools

Carrollton City Schools

Cartersville City Schools

Clay County Schools

City Schools of Decatur

Clarke County Schools

Coffee County Schools

Coweta County Schools

Crawford County Schools

Dalton City Schools

Dawson County Schools

Decatur County Schools

Dekalb County Schools

Dougherty County Schools

Dublin City Schools

Dodge County Schools

Douglas County Schools

Early County Schools

Elbert County Schools

Fannin County Schools

Forsyth County Schools

Fulton County Schools

Gainesville City Schools

Gordon County Schools

Hall County Schools

Irwin County Schools

Jasper County Schools

Jefferson County Schools

Lamar County Schools

Laurens County Schools

Liberty County Schools

Macon County Schools

Madison County Schools

Marietta City Schools

McIntosh County Schools

Meriwether County Schools

Murray County Schools

Muscogee County Schools

Peach County Schools

Putnam County Schools

Quitman County Schools

Rabun County Schools

Randolph County Schools

Richmond County Schools

Savannah-Chatham County Schools

Stewart County Schools

Sumter County Schools

Taliaferro County Schools

Tattnall County Schools

Taylor County Schools

Turner County Schools

Twiggs County Schools

Union County Schools

Valdosta City Schools

Warren County Schools

Wayne County Schools

Wilcox County Schools

White County Schools

Wilkinson County Schools