After an extensive national search, the Achieve Atlanta board and staff are excited to announce
Dr. Cheryl Watson-Harris as our incoming President/Executive Director. Dr. Watson-Harris’ impressive career as an educator, administrator, and community leader is grounded in Achieve Atlanta’s vision, making Atlanta a city where race and income no longer predict postsecondary success. Dr. Watson-Harris started in May of 2023.
We are proud to announce the release of an independent analysis conducted by Georgia State University’s Georgia Policy Labs (GPL). The evaluation of Achieve Atlanta’s scholarship and supporting services found that Achieve Atlanta Scholars persist and complete college at much higher rates than similar peers who did not receive the scholarship and services.
Believe. Expect. Achieve.
Atlanta’s students have dreams: for their futures, their families, and their careers. We’re here to support those students. See how we’re doing this.
Achieve Atlanta and our College Access partners deliver hands-on help to APS students as they chart their paths to college. We have a formal relationship with Atlanta Public Schools and provide strategic, operational, and financial support to offer a district-wide college advising program that serves all APS juniors and seniors.
As we work to increase the number of Atlanta Public Schools students graduating from college, we are partnering with postsecondary institutions and college success experts to offer direct support and advising services to students.
“I'm graduating Magna Cum Laude, and thanks
to Achieve Atlanta, I'm graduating debt-free."
“I'm graduating Magna Cum Laude, and thanks to Achieve Atlanta, I'm graduating debt-free."
The Achieve Atlanta Scholarship is a need-based award designed to support APS students pursuing various postsecondary paths after high school. When combined with other possible sources of financial aid, the Achieve Atlanta Scholarship should greatly reduce the need for students and families to take out high-interest, private loans to pay for school. The Achieve Atlanta Scholarship is an important part of Achieve Atlanta’s broader effort to dramatically increase the number of APS students who earn a postsecondary degree or credential.
“I have been able to grow and achieve without the burden of having to pay for college!”
”I want to thank Achieve Atlanta for giving me the funds and materials in order to graduate—not on time, but early and debt free!”
“Achieve Atlanta equipped me with the tools to successfully navigate my college career. I wouldn’t be in this position today without their guidance and support!”
“Thanks to Achieve Atlanta I was able to receive a scholarship that helped cover my college tuition, a mentor who helped me navigate the college process, and my first internship opportunity. I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds, and I know that their continued assistance will be a valuable asset in helping me achieve my goals!”
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