MPMS Principal Dr. Tret Witherspoon opened the ceremony by comparing the “shining star” recipients to athletes who are regularly recognized at scholarship-signing ceremonies. Representative Darlene Taylor and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Daniel Oldham spoke to the audience of parents, teachers, and seventh graders who will be eligible for the scholarship next year.
Sponsors and their representatives from Thomas County Federal and Envision Credit Union were recognized to reinforce the theme, "Banking on Our Future." Each recipient was presented with the scholarship details by Superintendent Dr. Laine Reichert, followed by the parents of each recipient signing the scholarship documents as well.
According to Georgia Futures (Georgia Student Finance Commission): REACH Georgia is a needs-based mentoring and scholarship program providing promising students the support to graduate from high school and achieve post secondary success.
Mentoring - REACH scholars will be paired with a mentor who models positive behavior and provides the student with knowledge, advice, guidance, and support related to education and beyond.
Coaching - Academic Coaches will help ensure scholars are on track to succeed through: monitoring student progress, helping students develop education and career plans, and identifying academic and social supports.
Financial Scholarship - Qualifying REACH Scholars will be awarded a financial scholarship upon graduating from high school.