College-bound APS seniors got their moment in the sun Thursday during the fourth-annual Project GRAD-Atlanta College Signing Day. During the ceremony, parents and college representatives watch as each student signs on the dotted line at the school they will attend in the fall.
Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) provides activities and support so that economically disadvantaged students chart a path to college by. The program also offers up to $4,000 in scholarships to Brumley-GRAD scholars along with support at the college level. Now in its 10th year, Project GRAD currently serves students at Booker T. Washington High School, The New Schools at Carver and South Atlanta Educational Complex, along with six middle schools and 16 elementary schools.
“The door to college is being opened, and a world of opportunity awaits,” Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva, Executive Director of Project GRAD Atlanta, told students. “We will continue to provide you with resources and encouragement along your educational journey. Remember, we are only a telephone call, an email or a text message away!”
Ten students representing each Project GRAD high school participated in the evening’s event, committing to schools ranging from Alabama State University to The University of West Georgia. A total of 1,151 Brumley-GRAD Scholars are currently enrolled colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. This year’s graduating class will bring the number to about 1,400.
Here is a list of the schools and students who participated in College Signing Day:
The New Schools at Carver
School of Arts:
• Rachel Robinson, Bethune-Cookman University
• Cerise Clark, Ohio State University
School of Health Sciences & Research:
• DeMarquis Holmes, Troy University
School of Technology:
• Thomas Hayes, University of Advanced Technology in Tempe, Arizona
South Atlanta Educational Complex
School of Computer Animation and Design:
• Tevin Sol, Benedict College
School of Health & Medical Science
• Brenikia Walker, Tuskegee University
School of Law and Social Justice
• Janette Sanchez, Georgia Gwinnett College
Booker T. Washington High
• Rashard Clanton, Savannah State University
• Chantwon Carson, University of West Georgia
• Jonathan Grogan, Alabama State University