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South grad gets top scholarship
UGA student just one of five selected
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They say it pays to go to college, but for recent South Forsyth High School graduate Cody Baetz, he’s nearly getting paid to go.

Having graduated with a 4.45 grade-point average and a perfect 2,400 SAT score,

Baetz knew he wouldn’t have to worry about tuition.

But Baetz, who was named the county’s STAR student, has also been named a Ramsey Honors Scholar at the University of Georgia, which he will attend in August.

The honor, created by the UGA Foundation trustees, comes with an annual stipend of $4,500.

“That will make a difference, especially with HOPE,” Baetz said. “So many applied and I was very honored to be selected.”

Though he’s still undecided on a major, Baetz is leaning toward something with math and computer science.

As part of being a Ramsey Honors Scholar, Baetz will be enrolled in the university’s rigorous honors program, where he will be have opportunities like studying abroad, undergraduate research and peer and faculty mentoring.

Just five incoming freshmen were selected for the scholarship, bringing the total number of current scholars to 26.

All scholars have posted impressive high school careers, with an average SAT score of 1,560, not including the written portion, and a grade-point average of 4.15.

Baetz and the other scholars must maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average to remain in the program and earn the annual stipend.

Baetz said he’s “eager for the challenge of the honor program.”

“I’m confident,” he said. “I know I’ll be able to put in the work.”