News Release

Dalton State Contributes to REACH Scholarship Fund

May 24, 2012

REACH ScholarshipOn hand to celebrate Dalton State Foundation’s $50,000 contribution to the Governor’s REACH Scholarship Program are, from left, Jim Bethel, Chair, Dalton State Foundation; Jim Jolly, Regent, University System of Georgia Board of Regents; Dr. Sandra Stone, Dalton State Vice President of Academic Affairs, Carol Jones, Director, Financial Aid; Dr. Jodi Johnson, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services; Dr. John Schwenn, President; and David Elrod, Director of Institutional Advancement.

Dalton State College has joined 37 other Georgia colleges and universities and additional sponsors in supporting Gov. Nathan Deal’s new Realizing Education Achievement Can Happen (REACH) scholarship with a $50,000 contribution from the Dalton State Foundation.

The REACH program is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship aid program created to increase college access and success for Georgia’s low-income populations. The new program, which is funded with private donations, was launched with a founding contribution from AT&T of $250,000.

According to Dalton State Foundation Chairman Jim Bethel, individual public K-12 school systems will apply for participation and funding and school systems will nominate and select seventh grade students to participate. When they get to college, the students will receive a $2,500 scholarship renewable for up to four years.

Preference will be given to students who are first generation college students who have demonstrated good attendance and character during their school careers.

The initial contribution is a pledge of up to $50,000 annually to match the need-based scholarship awarded to REACH Scholars attending Dalton State.

“With more than half of our students as the first in their families to attend college and nearly two-thirds of our students receiving need-based financial aid in order to attend classes, having the resources like those provided by REACH and our Dalton State Foundation is a key factor in Dalton State’s ability to fulfill its mission as an access institution to the University System of Georgia for the benefit of Northwest Georgians,” said Dalton State President Dr. John Schwenn. “We are proud to partner with REACH to make additional opportunities available to our students.”

“It is imperative our state’s students have the opportunity to achieve higher education regardless of their family’s income,” Governor Deal said. “Dalton State’s decision to get involved with REACH will give a lifeline to a world-class education for deserving students who have worked hard but still need a helping hand to afford college.”

Dalton State is one of 15 University System of Georgia institutions to commit to partnership with REACH. Others are the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Southern University, the University of Georgia, Columbus State University, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta State University, East Georgia College, Georgia College, Southern Polytechnic State University, Georgia Highlands College, Georgia State University, College of Coastal Georgia, Valdosta State University, and Georgia Perimeter College in addition to the USG Foundation.

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