School Superintendent Gets First Ever $10K Bonus – Uses It To Pay For Students’ College Applications

A public school system superintendent is being praised right now after he used his first ever $10,000 bonus to cover the college application fees of his high school students.

Grant Rivera, 44, has been the superintendent of the Marietta School District in Georgia since 2016, and he said he’s eligible for the bonus every three years if he gets a satisfactory performance review. Instead of keeping the money for himself, however, Grant is donating all of it to the Marietta Schools Foundation so it can be used to benefit students who apply to colleges ahead of regular application deadlines.

As someone who works in the public school system, Grant could certainly have used the $10,000 to improve his own life, but he said he never even considered pocketing the bonus for himself.

“I don’t believe that a bonus provided by the board should be earned on the backs of the teachers,” Grant said. “My hope is that it’s an incentive for kids to do the right thing.”

“When a student applies to college early action or early decision, we know that a student has greater opportunity for both college acceptance and financial aid,” he later added. “I want to leverage my bonus to motivate and support students who might not otherwise have the opportunity for college access.”

Grant said that he expects around 150 to 200 students out of the 500 kids in the graduating class will apply for college. If their application fees collectively exceed $10,000, Grant is planning to pay for the rest of it out of pocket. In addition, if not all of the $10,000 is used, the rest of it will finance college bus tours in Georgia.

Find out more about this amazing good deed in the video below.


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