The Hope (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Program has been one of the most successful student financial assistance programs in the United States. The Hope Program was created in 1993 under the supervision of Georgia Governor Zell Miller and is funded entirely by revenue from the Georgia Lottery and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). Throughout the years, tens of thousands of students in Georgia have been able to take advantage of the generous financial aid awards offered through the Hope Program. Students with high grades and test scores may be eligible to receive funding from the Hope Program.
Due to the “Great Recession,” that the state experienced in 2009-2010, the state of Georgia had to re-evaluate the Hope Program in order to keep it from running out of funds in the near future. Over time as enrollment and tuition increased, the lottery was beginning to pay out more than it was bringing in. If this pattern had been allowed to continue the program would have run out of money by 2013. The recent legislative changes were necessary to preserve these invaluable education programs for future generations.
In early 2011, the Georgia State Legislature passed Governor Nathan Deal’s Hope Bill, which created the Zell Miller Scholarship. This scholarship will offer full tuition to Georgia's public colleges to students who graduate from high school as a valedictorian or salutatorian. Incoming freshman students will also qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship if they graduate from high school with a minimum 3.7 GPA and 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT. To continue receiving the Zell Miller Scholarship, these students will have to maintain a 3.3 grade point average while attending college.
Since its creation, the HOPE Scholarship has provided benefits totaling more than five billion dollars to over 1.2 million students pursuing post-secondary education. Georgia Pre-K has served over one million children.
Georgia's Zell Miller Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending college in Georgia.
It’s important to realize that the Zell Scholarship is highly competitive and only the top 10 percent of all Georgia Students in the Hope Program will receive this scholarship. We’re outlined the requirements and eligibility necessary to receive the Zell Scholarship. We’ve also described the application procedures and award amounts that are offered to qualified students.
Please make sure to contact your school’s financial aid office if you have any additional questions related to the Zell Miller Scholarship. Your financial aid office will be able to provide you will up-to-date information that is current with your current school term. Laws, requirements, and eligible is constantly changing, so it’s important that you have all the latest information that has been distributed to your school’s financial aid office.
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