Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation pledges $5,000 to Stephens County School System’s REACH Program

CORNELIA, GA (September 13, 2022) — April James, Stephens County School & Community Engagement, Dr. Connie Franklin, Stephens County Superintendent, Brooke Westbrook, Peach State Business Development.

Lawrenceville, GA (September 13, 2022) – The Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation is excited to announce a recent commitment of $5,000 to students participating in Stephens County School System’s REACH Scholarship Program over the next five years. The REACH program will receive $1,000 each year through 2026 from the credit union.

REACH Georgia is a mentorship and scholarship program that provides students with academic, social, and financial support to graduates from high school and attend college. The mission of the REACH Georgia Foundation is to be the most effective champions for Georgia’s youth in need and to unlock the full potential of the future workforce.

“We are very appreciative of the generous support of Peach State Federal Credit Union,” says Dr. Connie Franklin, Superintendent of the Stephens County School System. “By supporting the Georgia REACH Scholarship program, they are providing an opportunity for Stephens County graduates to attend college and accomplish their career goals. We are grateful for their commitment to public education and to student success.”

Support of the REACH program aligns with Peach State’s foundation in education because of its roots in the education system. Peach State was founded by educators over 60 years ago. “This pledge is two-fold in that it pays homage to the foundation’s continuous support of education, and it recognizes the importance of lifelong learning. A strong education paired with life experiences from mentors is the framework our youth needs to become successful future leaders,” said Peach State’s President/CEO, Marshall Boutwell. “We’re thrilled to help Stephens County students achieve educational and life success through this program. “

To learn about the eligibility requirements for the REACH Georgia Program, please visit

About Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation

Peach State Federal Credit Union’s passion for helping their members and community guided them to create the Peach State FCU C.A.R.E.S. Foundation. The Foundation is funded by the credit union’s Visa Debit Card program and private donors. Since the inception of the Peach State C.A.R.E.S. Visa Debit Card program in July 2019, more than $2+ million has been donated to charitable organizations, school systems and the arts in the communities that Peach State serves. The C.A.R.E.S. program was created to put these contributions on a sustainable path for the future. To learn more about how Peach State cares, visit Peach State is a $953 million not-for-profit financial cooperative that serves more than 85,000 members in Georgia and South Carolina with a mission to provide quality financial services that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of its member-owners. For more information about their products and services, visit


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