By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 4, 2017
LOWNDES CO., Ga. (WCTV) -- Five middle school students in Lowndes County will receive up to $10,000 each towards college.
A signing day was held at the Lowndes County Board of Education Wednesday. Local and state leaders, including First Lady Sandra Deal, attended in support.
Faith Cockren, Nya Johnson, Katelin Thomas, Carlton Lewis, and Nicolas Serrano were selected for the REACH scholarship.
REACH stands for Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen.
"It makes me feel good that even though I didn't know people were looking at me, I know God had a plan for me. I was working hard and it finally paid off," says Carlton Lewis, an eighth grader from Pine Grove Middle School.
Lewis says he wants to be a Georgia Bulldog. He plans to study business.
Each scholar must complete all REACH requirements, which include graduating high school with good grades and behavior.
After completion, the program promises a $2,500 scholarship for each student per college semester.