VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Five Lowndes County students received $10,000 for college Wednesday.
It is all a part of the Lowndes County Board of Education REACH program, which focuses on providing children who come from low-income homes with financial assistance.
This initiative tries to ensure students a fair chance to be successful on in college.
The governor's wife, First Lady Sandra Deal delivered a congratulatory speech.
She stressed the value of hard work and education.
Carlton Lewis, an 8th grader at Pine Grove Middle School said he wants to be a Georgia Bull Dog.
"It makes me feel good to know that even though I didn't know people were looking at me, I knew that God had a plan for me and I was working and it finally paid off," said Lewis.
Each student must keep at least a 2.5 GPA and have a good attendance record.
They are also required to meet with a mentor regularly and select a Georgia college or university to attend after graduating high school.
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