The Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, or HOPE, scholarships are available to eligible students in Georgia. Thus far, the program has provided GA students with more than $7 billion in college funding since it was established in 1992. The funding for these scholarships comes from the Georgia Lottery for Education. In total, there are six different scholarships that are available under the HOPE Programs. Information for all six of the awards can be found at this website, with a brief description of some of the scholarships below.
Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant: This scholarship provides eligible students with somewhere between $125 to $1,000 to defray the cost of their education. The exact amount of the scholarship depends on the number of credits that the student is taking. This award is available only to GA residents who are eligible for the Zell Miller Grant or the HOPE Grant. All applicants must be enrolled in a diploma or certificate program.
Zell Miller Grant: This scholarship is awarded to GA residents based on academic merit. Similar to the previous grant, all applicants must be enrolled in a diploma or certificate program. However, this scholarship requires applicants to maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average for the duration of the program. Students who meet these requirements, are offered complete tuition remission at any eligible university or college that is located within the state of GA.
HOPE Grant: In order to be considered for the HOPE Grant, applicants must be a GA resident. Furthermore, all applicants must hold at least a 2.0 grade point average and be enrolled in a diploma or certificate program. All applicants must attend one of the eligible institutions that are located within Georgia in order to receive the funding.
HOPE Scholarship: This scholarship is also awarded to GA residents based on academic merit. In order to be eligible for this award, all applicants must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average from high school. Furthermore, students are required to maintain this grade point average throughout their collegiate career. Students must be enrolled in an eligible institution that is located within GA. All applicants must be enrolled in their first undergraduate degree program. The funding is renewable provided that the student maintains eligibility. The funding for this program is only available for up to four years, but the student may take up to seven years to use the entire amount of that award.
Zell Miller Scholarship: This scholarship is perhaps the most difficult to obtain. In order to be eligible students must hold at least a 3.7 grade point average from high school and maintain at least a 3.3 grade point average throughout their college career. In addition, all applicants must score at least a 1,200 on the SAT or a 26 on the ACT. The scholarship provides full tuition remission for any eligible program that is located within the State of GA. This award is also given based on academic merit and students must use the funds prior to the seven-year limit.