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Former HOPE Scholarship Recipients Honor Zell Miller

Atlanta, GA – The inaugural class of the Miller Leadership Academy has launched the #ThankYouGovMiller campaign to honor Zell Miller by raising scholarship funds for the Zell Miller Foundation, formerly the Miller Institute Foundation.

The Miller Leadership Academy Class of 2018 is asking current and former HOPE Scholarship recipients to join them in saying #ThankYouGovMiller by donating $25 to the Zell Miller Foundation to celebrate 25 years of HOPE.

Money raised through this campaign will fund programs and scholarships for future Miller Leadership Academy participants. The Academy is a nonpartisan program that helps emerging professionals from diverse industries connect and collaborate with like-minded leaders across Georgia who share a commitment to service.

On June 29, 1993, the Georgia Lottery began selling tickets to fund Governor Miller’s newest education initiative. Twenty-five years later, more than 1.8 million students have been able to attend colleges through Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship program.

“Zell Miller embodied ‘servant leadership’ in our state. HOPE scholarship empowered my family, and I am truly honored to contribute to this campaign in appreciation Gov. Miller’s hard work for the future generations of Georgians,” said Kathleen Bennett, member of the 2018 Miller Leadership Academy Class and former HOPE recipient.

Anyone wishing to contribute can do so by visiting www.millerfoundation.com. The public is encouraged to share their HOPE story on social media with the hashtag #ThankYouGovMiller.

About the Zell Miller Foundation

The Zell Miller Foundation works to preserve Zell Miller’s legacy through programs that promote education, leadership, and service. The foundation is a tax exempt 501c3 nonprofit designated by the Internal Revenue Service.

About Zell Miller

On January 14, 1991, Zell Miller took the oath of office as Georgia’s 79th Governor. The central purpose of his administration would be to prepare Georgia for the 21st Century. Miller served as Lt. Governor of Georgia from 1975-1991, Governor of Georgia from 1991-1999 and U.S. Senator from 2000-2005. He is the only keynote speaker to address both major political parties at their conventions, Democrats in 1992 and Republicans in 2004.

While a candidate for Governor in 1990, Miller had an idea to create a statewide lottery exclusively for the purpose of funding education initiatives in Georgia. Today, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has transferred more than $18.1 billion to the students of Georgia. Over the past 25 years, this money has allowed more than 1.8 million students to go to college in Georgia on HOPE Scholarships, more than 1.4 million four-year old children to begin their education early in Georgia’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program. These programs represent the signature achievements of Governor Miller’s forty-year career
in public service.