Rosa Vasquez said she's proud of her daughter, Andrea Acosta Vasquez, an eighth-grader at Dalton Middle School.
"I've always been proud of her. She's really an outgoing girl and has loved school since the first day she started," Vasquez said.
The student was one of five honored last Wednesday when Dalton Middle hosted its first REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia Scholarship Signing Day. The other students were Areianna Johnson, Aaliyah Medina, Santos Moreno Jr. and Milda Solis.
REACH Georgia is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program that begins in eighth grade. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average, good behavior and attendance through middle school and high school. Students who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded a $10,000 scholarship to any HOPE-eligible institution in Georgia. The statewide program is funded by donations from businesses and money from the General Assembly and school systems.
Rosa Vasquez said it's a great opportunity.
"It's hope for the uncertainty we have financially because college is so expensive," she said. "To have something to begin with before starting college or high school is amazing and it helps us not be stressed out."
REACH Scholars are paired with a mentor and an academic ...