Five Bulloch County students signed scholarship agreements that would not pay out for another five years.
The five are part of a state pilot program called REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) in Georgia. Bulloch County is one of only five counties chosen to test the program.
The needs based scholarship is offered to rising eighth graders as an incentive to master high school studies.
"Starting in 8th grade, it pairs the student with an academic coach and mentor through high school graduation. If the kids graduate, they earn the $10,000 scholarship," stated REACH's Brian Moore.
That value could double to $20,000 if the students elect to attend one of three schools in Bulloch County -- Georgia Southern University, Ogeechee Technical College or East Georgia College.
Bulloch County superintendent Charles Wilson told the audience Thursday the school district would be able to offer three scholarships to rising eighth graders next year. Beyond that, they must find local donors to finance the endowment.
For more information on REACH, visit www.gacollege411.org.
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