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Georgia Tech Guarantees Admission to Georgia’s Valedictorians, Salutatorians
Laura Diamond | August 17, 2017
• Atlanta, GA
Recap of the August 17 announcement at Gilmer High School in Ellijay.
The Georgia Institute of Technology will offer automatic acceptance to all Georgia high school valedictorians and salutatorians under a new program that goes into effect with this year’s graduating class.
President G.P. “Bud” Peterson unveiled the Georgia Tech Scholars Program Thursday during an assembly at Gilmer High School in Ellijay. House Speaker David Ralston along with students, school leaders and county officials attended the kickoff.
The initiative applies to students who graduate at the top of their class from any accredited Georgia public or private high school with 50 or more graduates. It is designed to increase exposure and access to Georgia Tech for the state’s most prepared students.
“Georgia Tech has a long track record of partnering with Georgia K-12 schools to help young people prepare for college, and the Georgia Tech Scholars Program is an outgrowth of our commitment to improve college access for students from throughout the state,” Peterson said. “While we are proud of our global reputation, we are equally as proud to serve many of Georgia’s brightest undergraduate students. The Georgia Tech Scholars Program supports our ultimate goal to put a Georgia Tech education within reach of all qualified Georgia students.”
The program will allow more deserving young students to attend the state’s top colleges. The University of Georgia also offers automatic acceptance to Georgia students who graduate at the top of their class.
To become a Georgia Tech Scholar, students must be named either the valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school. Students must submit an application and have successfully completed the prerequisite course work for entrance to the Institute.
The new program is a continuation of Georgia Tech’ …