What We Do
The GateKey Scholarship program was implemented in 2007 with our first 16 scholars signing in 2008. Today, this needs-based scholarship program is impacting the lives of more than 150 GateKey Scholars.
GateKey provides two-year scholarships for selected, eligible students and gives them the opportunity to work toward an attainable goal of a college education. Students may attend either Georgia Highlands College for two years or enroll in a Chattahoochee Technical College program. GateKey will provide funds for tuition, fees, and books or tools. Students wishing to attend another post-secondary institution may petition the Board to use their allocated funds as a scholarship elsewhere.
Students may be nominated for GateKey in grades 6 - 11. Applicants must be approved for free/reduced lunch. If selected, students sign a contract along with their parents/guardians requiring them to maintain at least a "C" in each class, study and complete assignments, require no disciplinary action, and remain crime/drug free.
GateKey Scholar are currently attending Georgia Highlands College, Chattahoochee Technical College, Georgia Tech, Mercer University, UGA, University of West Georgia, Georgia State University, Anderson College, Kennesaw State University, Jacksonville State University, Furman University, Berry College, Young Harris College, Georgia Southern University, Valdosta State University, Savannah State University, Miles University, and UNC Charlotte.
One hundred percent of the funds donated to the GateKey Scholarship program go into the scholarships. There are no administrative costs associated with the program.
REACH GEORGIA SCHOLARSHIPS
REACH Georgia is a needs-based scholarship program that pairs rising 8th graders (Scholars) with a mentor and academic coach to help prepare them for college and for the 21st century workforce. REACH Scholars who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school are awarded up to $10,000 for up to four years of college attendance ($2,500 each year) at a University System of Georgia college or technical college of their choice. Several colleges have chosen to match the $10,000 turning the scholarship into a $20,000 opportunity, while five colleges are double matching the funds providing REACH Scholars with a $30,000 opportunity.
The Cartersville Schools Foundation supports 26 REACH Scholars. Six REACH Scholars are currently attending college at Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Georgia Highland College, and University of West Georgia.
HURRICANE TURNAROUND SCHOLARSHIP
The Hurricane Turnaround Scholarship is awarded to a Cartersville High School senior who has overcome significant adversity during his or her high school years. Nominations are taken from high school teachers and administrators with high school counselors selecting the recipient. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year at the CHS Honors Night and is made possible by Dr. Howard and Susan Hinesley.
The 2019 recipient was Bryson Rogers, who will attend Kennesaw State University.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Through a peer nomination/selection process, the Teacher of the Year program recognizes one teacher from each school in the system. The applications of those four teachers are then sent to Kennesaw State University, where an independent committee reviews them and chooses one teacher to represent the system in the State Teacher of the Year program. The Teacher of the Year Luncheon is sponsored by Renasant Bank. The Foundation provides a financial gift to each of the teachers.
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION
Each school system department selects one stand-out employee yearly to be recognized for their performance and dedication to the students and staff of Cartersville City Schools. Selected employees are honored at a breakfast sponsored by Family Savings Credit Union.
FISCAL AGENT PROGRAMS
The Cartersville Schools Foundation serves as fiscal agent for student support programs as well as the Garrett Black "For for the Love of the Game" Baseball Scholarship.
The Mentor Canes program helps to empower youth in our schools to make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. The mentoring program engages adult volunteers who commit to support, guide and offer friendship to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the network of adults and community members who care about youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals. Mentors are needed at all grade levels in the Cartersville City schools. Contact Maria Hoffman at 770-387-4723 to change the life of a student!
LEAST OF THESE
The Least of These program supports our homeless and low income students with basic needs not covered by federal grant funds. The intent is to "level the playing field" and provide them with access to all opportunities available in the schools, as well as supplying them with basic needs.
56.39% of the students in the Cartersville City Schools qualify for free/reduced lunch. Many of these students have limited access to food over the weekends. The BackPack Buddy program provides weekend food to any student in need. Program referrals are made by school counselors, social workers, or homeless liasions. Parental permission is then obtained for each student. Backpacks are packed delivered to schools on Thursday/Friday by community volunteers and are distributed to students at release time on Friday. Students return the bags to the school on Monday morning.
Garrett Black "For the Love of the Game" Baseball Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded yearly to a senior CHS baseball player who has great character and exudes a love for baseball. This $1,000 scholarship is provided by Eric and Kim Black in memory of their son, Garrett, and is awarded at the annual baseball banquet. Recipients include:
2018 - Devin Warner
2017 - Noah Daniel
2016 - Austin Lunde
2015 - Jack Mayo
2014 - Hunter Osborn
2013 - Connor Justus
2012 - Asa Williams