Georgia Education Programs


Hello everyone:

I enjoy sharing information about state programs that may be helpful. In this newsletter, I'm sharing information about educational programs that may be of interest to you, a family member, or a friend. I hope you're having a wonderful summer, and best wishes to everyone who is back in school.

REACH Georgia

This is a needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program that is available to students in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Scholars are selected as 8th grade students by participating REACH School Systems in the spring of a student's 7th grade year or during the fall of their 8th grade year.

- General information
- Information on how to become a scholar
- Contact information for the coordinator in DeKalb County: Manomay Malathip, manomay_malathip [at] or (678) 676-0309
- Contact information for the coordinator in Gwinnett County: Tinisha Parker, tinisha_parker [at] or (678) 301-7372

HOPE and Zell Miller Grants

This website contains information about the HOPE and Zell Miller Grants which are available to Georgia residents who are working toward a certificate or diploma at an eligible college or university in Georgia.

HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships

This website contains comprehensive information about these two scholarships for undergraduate students.

University of North Georgia Military Scholarship

The State of Georgia offers 42 scholarships per year to high school seniors who enroll at the University of North Georgia and commission as officers in the Georgia Army National Guard after graduating with bachelor's degrees. The scholarship pays for room, meals, tuition, books, uniforms, and fees. More information can be found here.

Georgia Tech Guaranteed Admission for Georgia's Valedictorians and Salutatorians

Georgia Tech now offers guaranteed admission for valedictorians and salutatorians from any accredited Georgia public or private high school with 50 or more graduates. More information can be found here.

Georgia 529 Plan

Georgia has a 529 plan that allows you to invest in the stock market and your earnings can grow tax-deferred. Distributions that are used to pay for a beneficiary's qualified education expenses are federally tax-free. In addition, contributions are deductible for Georgia income tax purposes up to $4,000 per year per beneficiary for those filing a joint return and up to $2,000 per year per beneficiary for all others. Learn more here.

Graduate Level Programs

Georgia Tech has three terrific online masters programs that are $10,000 or less.

Georgia Tech Online Master of Science in Computer Science
- Top ranked program for a total cost of around $7,000

Georgia Tech Online Master of Science in Analytics
- The world of big data isn't going away. Here is an online program that costs around $10,000.

Georgia Tech Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

- This degree will give you the expertise needed for a thriving career as a cybersecurity expert and leader in a cutting-edge, high-demand field.


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