The Global Achievers program was begun in 1995
following a meeting of Georgia and Scottish education and business
representatives at the National Association of partners in Education
Conference in Washington, D.C.
to the natural kinship between the Scottish representatives and
the Georgians, the "Scottish Project" was developed.
Georgia Power sponsored a two-year pilot project that included
six Georgia Schools. Bette Hickman served as project coordinator.
six original partnerships were:
Middle School (Newnan, GA) - Grange Academy, Scotland
High School (Newnan, GA) - Greenwood Academy, Scotland
Creek High School (Peachtree City, GA) - Wellington Academy, Scotland
High School (Peachtree City, GA) - St. Conval's Academy, Scotland
Street Elementary School (Newnan, GA) - Darvel Primary School,
Elementary (Tyrone, GA) - Dalry Primary School, Scotland
1997, Achievers International-Georgia was incorporated as a non-profit
organization, a Board of Directors was named, and Bette Hickman
was employed as Executive Director. The program was and continues
to be supported by gifts from businesses and corporations interested
in entrepreneurship and enterprise education. Staff funding is
provided by the Georgia Legislature through the Department of
Global Achievers, hundreds of Georgia students have traveled abroad
or hosted their international counterparts as part of 75 international
study tours. In 2000, the 100-student Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra
toured Georgia and in 2001, the 125-member East Ayrshire Brass
Band and Choir performed in five Georgia cities.
For more information about our history, see the