Ten Muscogee County fifth graders have been selected to receive a college scholarship and long-term mentoring by the Columbus Scholars Project.
The program selects fifth graders who have good academic records but come from difficult family circumstances.
“We try to identify these kids before life beats them down. We give them a hand up not a hand out," said project chairman Ben Holden.
Each of the students were recommended by their elementary school guidance counselors, principals or teachers, then completed an application and interview with the Columbus Scholars board.
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The ten students selected this year are:
-- Chanyha Cobb (Hannan Magnet Academy)
-- Marina Cooper (Gentian Elementary)
-- Tia Edmond (Downtown Elementary)
-- Jacques Jones (J.D. Davis Elementary)
-- Emily Lopez (Downtown Elementary)
-- Amayha Mathis (Hannan Magnet Academy)
-- Mallory McKelvey (J.D. Davis Elementary)
-- Jakalia Norman (Muscogee Elementary)
-- Chance Tucker (Britt David Magnet Elementary)
-- Logan Araos (Double Churches Elementary)
These students join the seven students selected last year during the inaugural year of the program. Each student will be provided with a mentor through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters agency, who will guide them from the fifth grade through college. Students are also required to attend monthly enrichment programs.
The scholarship fund is administered by the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.
A celebration for the new scholars will be held at the Ledger-Enquirer on Friday, December 3 at 5 p.m.