Governor Nathan Deal announced that the HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship Program has surpassed $10 billion in total financial aid assistance awarded to Georgia students. The HOPE Program awards scholarships to students to attend eligible postsecondary institutions located in Georgia.
“The HOPE Scholarship Program is one of our most effective investments for developing Georgia’s growing workforce,” said Deal. “For more than 25 years, HOPE has set our state apart by offering one of the most generous state scholarships for students, allowing us to keep our brightest students in Georgia so that they will thrive here after finishing their education. With more than $10 billion awarded, HOPE has already made it possible for 1.8 million students to pursue higher education.”
Supported by the Georgia Lottery Corp., the HOPE Scholarship Program was created in 1993 under the leadership of Gov. Zell B. Miller. As the first scholarship of its kind, HOPE is one of the most successful merit-based aid programs in the country and has served as a model for other state and federal financial aid programs.