Georgia governor announces new scholarship initiative

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently announced that students from low-income families could receive scholarships worth as much as $2,500 per year for four years, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Under the new plan, known as the REACH program, students would commit to the initiative in middle school. In order to be eligible for the scholarships, they would have to maintain an average GPA of 2.5, remain in school and stay out of trouble. Telecommunications giant AT&T donated $250,000 to the program, and Governor Deal is encouraging other companies to do the same.

Deal told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the REACH program "will hopefully give opportunity to young people who might otherwise not be able to continue education after high school. I think it will create new opportunities for students all across our state."

According to the news source, Georgia is the only state in the Southeast that doesn't have a needs-based scholarship program. Officials hope that REACH will enable more students to earn a college degree.

If you're worried about how to pay for college, talk to your college admissions adviser about scholarships. You might be surprised how many different financial aid programs are available to you.

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