Hamilton County Development Authority supports rising student achievement with scholarships

JASPER, FL – Today, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) announced the funding of two initiatives focused on school improvement and student achievement in conjunction with the School District of Hamilton County. The donations underscore the connection between education, workforce training and economic development success in the community.

“Collaboration among the Hamilton County Development Authority, local employers and our education partners are critical to creating a skilled workforce,” said Susan Ramsey, executive director of the HCDA. “We hope the additional funding and support to our students will help our local families and talent pipeline. We look forward to continuing our efforts in the future.”

The first donation of $1,000 will establish a new incentive program to reward students for academic success in improving Florida Standardized Assessment (FSA) scores and End of Course (EOC) exams at Hamilton County High School. The program, which will begin in the 2018-2019 school year, will offer students the opportunity to earn small incentives or rewards for achieving set goals.

The second donation provides a $500 sponsorship to support the Academic Achievement Success Banquet, which took place this week, and recognizes students who earned honor roll recognition throughout the school year. Each student invited, was able to invite two guests to attend.

“It is an honor to have the support of the Hamilton County Development Authority. As we work together to improve student achievement, we will continue to witness academic and economic growth within our community.” said Christopher Combass, a 21-year teaching veteran of Hamilton County High School where he provides instructional support for 7th to 12th grade students. Mr. Combass is also the 2017 Hamilton County District Teacher of the Year.