Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson (back row, third from left) and Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen (middle row, second from left) pose with students from Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, as Georgia Tech announces its offer of full scholarships to all APS valedictorians and salutatorians.

Georgia Tech is making sure it keeps Atlanta’s smartest students in state after they graduate high school. Tech will offer automatic acceptance and full, four-year tuition scholarships to all Atlanta Public Schools valedictorians and salutatorians.

According to a district statement, the initiative’s purpose is to keep “exposure and access to Georgia Tech for Atlanta Public Schools’ most prepared students”.


To qualify for the offer, students must also complete Georgia Tech’s prerequisite course work and admission process. Students who qualify under the program can begin classes at Georgia Tech starting summer 2015.

Georgia high school valedictorians and salutatorians are already eligible for full-tuition scholarships to Georgia Tech and other state schools through existing state scholarship programs. Under the APS Scholars program announced Thursday, Georgia Tech will guarantee APS valedictorians and salutatorians can still receive full-tuition scholarships for four years even if their grade point averages fall short of state scholarship requirements. APS Scholars will have to maintain GPAs of at least 3.0.

“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,” Georgia Tech President Bud Peterson said in a written statement.

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