Scholarship awards are based upon different criteria and do not require repayment. Financial need, academic excellence, and state of residency are a few of the criteria used for selecting recipients.
Georgia HOPE Scholarship
The Georgia HOPE Scholarship is funded by the Georgia Lottery. The HOPE Scholarship covers some tuition for students seeking a degree at a technical college or university. The student must be a 1993 or later high school graduate with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in a college preparatory track or a 3.2 GPA in a technical curriculum track to be eligible for the HOPE Scholarship. Students become ineligible for HOPE Scholarship seven years after the date they graduated high school or equivalent. Students who received a HOPE Scholarship payment during the 2010-2011 award year will remain eligible through June 30, 2015, regardless of graduation date. Active duty military service time does not count against the seven-year period.
A non-traditional student may qualify for the HOPE Scholarship after completing 30 credit hours towards their degree and maintain a 3.0 GPA. GPAs are recalculated at 30, 60 and 90 semester hours, at which time the student must maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain the HOPE Scholarship. The scholarship is limited to 127 combined HOPE Grant/Scholarship credit hours. Students can only regain the HOPE scholarship one time. This scholarship with the Zell Miller Scholarship cannot exceed 127 attempted hours. In addition, payment from any combination of HOPE Grant/Scholarship, Zell Miller Grant/Scholarship, and Accel Program funds (through Spring term 2011) cannot exceed 127 semester hours of credit.
Zell Miller Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by the Georgia lottery. The Zell Miller Scholarship covers 100% of tuition for students who are the Valedictorian or Salutatorian for their graduating class; or received a score of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT composite scale score of at least 26 and graduated from high school with at least a 3.7 calculated GPA. Students must be enrolled in a degree program. Students must have a 3.3 GPA at all checkpoints (30, 60 and 90 semester hours), at the end of Spring and at the end of 3 part time terms for beginning students. Students who lose eligibility may regain the scholarship once. Students who lose eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship may continue to receive the HOPE Scholarship if they are eligible. Degree classes taken at any post-secondary institution are counted in the GPA calculation. This scholarship with the HOPE Scholarship cannot exceed 127 attempted hours. In addition, payment from any combination of HOPE Grant/Scholarship, Zell Miller Grant/Scholarship, and Accel Program funds (through Spring term 2011) cannot exceed 127 semester hours of credit.