2022 REACH Scholars

Bibb's 2nd Cohort of REACH Scholars Set to Graduate

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The Bibb County School District is excited to announce the District's second cohort of REACH Scholars will graduate this school year! Three REACH Scholars will graduate this month with the Class of 2022.

In 2016, the Bibb County School District was one of numerous school districts in Georgia to join the REACH Scholarship Program. The REACH Scholarship Program was launched in 2012 and is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to persist in their educational pursuits. Students are provided with the academic, social and financial support needed to graduate from high school, attend college, achieve post-secondary success and be prepared for the 21st century workforce.

The REACH Foundation provides 75 percent of the funding for the scholarships and local school districts must raise the remainder. This means that upon their graduation from a Bibb County high school, each REACH Scholar will receive a $10,000 scholarship for college. Some partnering colleges and universities in Georgia will even match or double-match this amount for REACH Scholars.

The Bibb County School District would like to thank all – from BCSD employees to community partners and businesses – who have contributed to the REACH Scholarship fund. Additionally, all REACH Scholars are supported through the Mentor’s Project of Bibb County.

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Aliayah Simmons, Central High

Aliayah Simmons is the daughter of Rhonda Simmons. She is an International Baccalaureate student at Central High School. She is involved in numerous clubs and organizations in school such as Student Body Vice President of Student Government Association, Sources of Strength, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), DECA, Key Club, and Co-Editor in Chief of Yearbook. Outside of school, she is an active member and volunteer at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Georgia, where she has been given the Youth of the Year Scholarship of her local club and for the state of Georgia. She is also a 2022 REACH Scholar and third place winner of the Young Georgia Author’s Competition for her grade level in the district. Aliayah will be attending Georgia State University, where she will major in broadcast journalism.

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Eyaja Williams, Northeast High

Eyaja Williams is the daughter of Alfonzo Williams Jr. and Ruby Williams. She is Northeast’s valedictorian for the Class of 2022. She has been a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, District Honor Band, Academic Team, Lighthouse Team, Tennis Team, Wrestling Team, HOSA – Future Health Professionals, and National Society of High School Scholars. Eyaja is also a Golden Eagle nominee in the area of math. She has been accepted into the 402nd Engineering Internship Program through Robins Air Force Base, where she will be interning this summer. In the fall, Eyaja will attend Georgia Southern University, where she will major in electrical engineering.

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Lalah Black, Southwest High

Lalah Black is the daughter of Rufus and Tomeka Thompson. She is a REACH Scholar and Honor Graduate at Southwest Magnet High School and Law Academy. Lalah has earned college credits through dual enrollment. She is member of DECA and Bibb County Mentor’s Project, where she participated in several service projects. Lalah plans to attend Georgia Southern University in the fall and major in biology.

REACH Georgia

REACH Georgia is the State of Georgia’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. The mission is to ensure that Georgia’s low income, academically promising students have the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school, access college, and achieve postsecondary success. Learn more: http://reachga.org/

Mentor's Project of Bibb County

The Mentor’s Project of Bibb County’s mission is to provide role models for encouragement and motivation to eligible Bibb County public middle and high school students who need additional support outside their family, and to assist them in reaching their full academic, social, and personal potential. Learn more: https://www.mentorsprojectbibb.org/

Bibb County School District

VISION: Each student will demonstrate strength of character and will be college or career ready.

MISSION: The Bibb County School District develops a highly trained staff and an engaged community dedicated to educating each student for a 21st century global society.

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