It's question frequently fielded here at Arete. Arete (ah-reh-tay) is an ancient
Greek concept that teaches all activity is directed to an ultimate
purpose. It is a life well lived, full of excellence and courage. Arete
signifies potential realized and function fulfilled. The name best
captures our vision for all Georgia students, particularly those from
lower income families. Learn more about our name.
Arete Scholars Fund is a state-approved Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) that administers the Georgia Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship Program for low‐income families. Through contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, Arete awards need-based K4-12 scholarships and empowers parents to choose a school that best suits their child's unique gifts, talents, and learning needs.
Arete scholarships are based on the income guidelines for the federal free and reduced lunch program (FRL) and range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year. Recipients are required to requalify each year.
Access to high-quality education is a right, not a geographical privilege.
There are few places where the promise of equal opportunity falls flatter than the education of low-income students. Often trapped in a learning environment that is ineffective, unchallenging and unsafe, students who qualify for federal free and reduced lunch lag far behind their peers in academic performance and graduation rates. In 2009, 82% of Georgia's FRL-eligible 4th graders scored below proficient in reading.
Founded in 2010, Arete has awarded over $11 million in K4-12 scholarships to deserving Georgia students. The results are creating opportunities where none existed, and despair is giving way to hope for families without the means to pursue child-centered educational options.