GMS REACH Georgia Scholars

Gainesville City School System hosted its fifth annual REACH Georgia Signing Day Ceremony on February 15 at the Gainesville Public Safety Complex.  Three Gainesville Middle School Scholars - Daniel Moreno, Tania Prim, and Wilder Velasquez - committed to the REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia Scholarship Program; pledging to maintain good grades, attendance, and behavior throughout their middle school and high school years as part of the criteria for being accepted into the program. After successfully completing the requirements and graduating from high school, the scholars will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship to a college, university, or technical institution of choice in Georgia. Scholars are paired with mentors, academic coaches, and additional resources to prepare them for college and their future careers. Troy Nasworthy, Ashley Schultz, and Iris Butts will serve as their academic coaches, and Joe Moody and Janet Roland will act as their adult mentors.

The scholars have high expectations of what they want to do in life, and the REACH program puts them on the path to achieving those aspirations while providing the appropriate resources to prepare them for college and life. Daniel Moreno, who hopes to someday to become a surgeon, said, "I think being a REACH scholar is an amazing opportunity for college exposure and is a great resource [for] helping us with school and getting us ready for the future." Inspired by people who have achieved a level of success, Tania Prim wants to establish a future career as a violinist. "I believe something that is special about me," said Tania, "is the fact that even if I reach my goals, I want to keep going and keep improving." Wilder Velasquez aspires to be a civil engineer stating, "I am creative, detailed-oriented, with an amazing work ethic and competitive side that pushes me further in life. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful program."

"The REACH scholars are resilient, hopeful, and ready to dive into challenges that will advance them personally and professionally," said Dr. Monica Hayman, GMS REACH Scholar Coordinator and 8th Grade School Counselor. "It was such a joy to witness the joyful eyes of the REACH scholars, families, academic coaches, mentors, GMS administrators, and community supporters. A special thanks goes out to my principal, Mrs. Misty Freeman, who has been such a huge advocate for our REACH scholars and for education advancement for all students."

Dr. Hayman is confident that these scholars will play a major part in the betterment of our world. "The REACH scholars' chosen career professions are viewed different I am sure, given our current world pandemic condition. This world change situation has been a real life enlightenment of the importance of applied knowledge for all professions. Together we are better - when we believe, educate, and support each other for our current and future generation.”

REACH Georgia is a needs-based scholarship program that awards a $10,000 scholarship to scholars selected in middle school to attend any post-secondary institution in Georgia after graduating from high school. The scholarships are made possible by financial contributions from businesses, organizations, and private donors as well as contributions from the state.  Gainesville City School System currently has seventeen scholars in the program.

Photo (L to R):  Daniel Moreno, Tania Prim, and Wilder Velasquez


GMS REACH Scholars


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