Georgia Tech and Atlanta Public Schools launch new partnership
APS valedictorians and salutatorians are automatically accepted to Georgia Tech and will receive four-year scholarships
Georgia Tech will offer automatic acceptance and four-year in-state tuition scholarships to all Atlanta Public Schools valedictorians and salutatorians.
Georgia Tech President G. P. “Bud” Peterson and Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen announced the new program Thursday at Booker T. Washington High School.
The initiative was designed to increase exposure and access to Georgia Tech for Atlanta Public School’s most prepared students.
To become an APS Scholar, students have to be named either the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school. Students must also have successfully completed the pre-requisite course work and admission process for entrance into Georgia Tech.
APS Scholars can begin classes at Georgia Tech as early as the summer semester of 2015.
“Georgia Tech is committed to the Atlanta community, and we are pleased to partner with Atlanta Public Schools to not only offer admission to these deserving young people, but also to provide resources they need to succeed,” Peterson said.
"Through a combination of the various financial aid opportunities available, including our own Georgia Tech Promise Program, the Governor’s REACH Georgia program and other state and federal financial aid programs, we will help ensure that these students can make a Georgia Tech degree a reality,” he added.
“This is a really special opportunity for our highest achieving students,” Carstarphen said. “It takes partnerships likes this to make modern higher education work for students who, even with high academic achievements, still have limited access to top colleges. We need to create many more initiatives like this.”