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Keeping “HOPE” Alive Final Exam Essay Andrew M. Means Dr. Andrew S. Plattner May 9, 2011 Keeping “HOPE” Alive
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Means 2 Paying off college expenses are a burden for many families. For many Georgia students, the Georgia HOPE Scholarship is the main source of funds for attending college. Due to economic recession and lack of Georgia Lottery funds, significant changes have been made to the eligibility requirements of the HOPE scholarship. Although students who qualify for financial aid will continue to have some source of funding, middle-class students could be impacted greatly by the changes of the HOPE eligibility requirements. This may lead to families relying upon bank loans and student loans to cover college expenses. Since Georgia government has made significant changes to the eligibility requirements, many students are impacted, and a decrease in enrollment is expected to occur. On January 14, 1991, Zell Miller was sworn in as the seventy-ninth governor of the State of Georgia (Award History). Miller immediately jumped on a proposal to create the Georgia Lottery. The lottery was approved and created within three weeks (Award History). Through the revenue generated from the Georgia Lottery, Miller created the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship. The HOPE scholarship is designed to cover the costs of all tuition and a substantial amount of student and book fees in the entire University System of Georgia and select private colleges. During its inception in 1993, HOPE did not provide as much money as they did in the present. For instance, if awarded HOPE, the student was awarded two years tuition under the condition that the student graduated from high school with a B average and family earns less than $66,000 a year (cap was changed to $100,000 in 1994) (Barlament). Since that time, HOPE has experienced tremendous growth and expansion. The amount of money awarded has increased by $657.6 million, and the number of recipients has increased from 42,797 to 238,489 students from the time period of 1993-2011 (Award History). The success of the HOPE
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Means 3 scholarship program received national attention. President Bill Clinton implemented his America’s Hope Program paying for two years of education, modeled after the Georgia’s HOPE program (Award History). HOPE literally provided “Hope” for students who may not have
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