The ninth annual "Project Grad Program" honored 141 students from Austin East and Fulton High Schools Sunday for their academic achievements.
The program awarded each honoree with a $1,000 scholarship for any higher-education institution.
For "Project Grad" Director Jerry Hodges, it's all about motivating students to strive for academic success.
"Lots of students from the schools, there traditionally been a high college acceptance rate. We've helped them with that. It's a message to say college is reachable for you," said Hodges.