Local foundation launches to help Gwinnett middle schoolers with college savings

Students at Lawrenceville’s Moore Middle School now have another reason to pursue a college degree.

Bernard Watson, the founder of a new education foundation, launched the effort in honor of his sister, who died four years ago following a fight against breast cancer. Watson said the program would offer college savings accounts and seed money to two classes of sixth-grade students at the school who were selected through a lottery.

The foundation is called S.T.E.P.P., which stands for Success Through Education Preparation and Perseverance, in honor of the Barbra Watson-Riley Striving Students Scholarship Program.