by: Nicole Emmett Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - When the group of students took their seats, it was in anticipation of possible life-changing news.
Fourteen Southwest DeKalb High School seniors were surprised Tuesday with the news that they would receive full-ride scholarships to attend two-year programs at Georgia State University’s Decatur campus.
The scholarships were made possible with a $14.5 million gift from State Farm, which will fund 50 scholarships from DeKalb County high schools each year.
They are awarded based on applications, essays and GPA.
Georgia State’s Learning, Income and Family Transformation Program will track student progress to help students overcome educational obstacles.
Once participating students earn a two-year degree, they will move to a four-year degree program or a career.
Graduation rates for Georgia State’s minority and low-income students have more than doubled in recent years. The university graduates students from all racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds at comparable rates.
Learn more about State Farm Scholars here.
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