MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal was in Moultrie this morning, to speak to a group of REACH students, who are there to receive college scholarships.
"I just want to emphasize to you how important it is for you to make the commitment yourself," said Deal.
These five students, April Castaneda, Pershaun Fann Jr., Sonji Hargrove, Miguel Luna, and Da'Naize Williams, are the first in Colquitt County to receive this scholarship.
REACH stands for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen.
Today, REACH serves 103 school systems across Georgia, and nearly 1,200 scholars, committing over $15 million in scholarships.
All of the 15 original recipients are now enrolled in college, producing a 100% success rate for REACH.
Supporters say that the success of REACH stems from starting early, by providing financial scholarships, and giving young students pathway to college.
Five current Colquitt County High REACH scholars now have their own football jerseys with their class year, 2022, on it.
"I went to school here," State Representative Sam Watson said. "I'm now apart of this community here, and I believe you can be successful here. We see diligent youth are making an important investment in their future."
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