Georgians of HOPE

Georgians of HOPE is an educational initiative of the Zell Miller Foundation that raises awareness of the HOPE Scholarship’s impact on recipients, their families, and their communities.  

Georgians of HOPE can be found on the following platforms:

Former Governor Zell Miller established the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship in 1993 as a lottery-funded, merit-based scholarship that originally covered full tuition for Georgia students attending an eligible institution within the University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia.

A HOPE Scholarship recipient must graduate from a Georgia high school with a minimum 3.00 grade point average and maintain a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average to remain eligible. The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) is responsible for administering the program.

Over the past 27 years, the HOPE Scholarship has been immensely successful, with over 1.9 million students benefiting from over $11.3 billion in awards. HOPE has led to increased college attendance rates, increased high school graduation rates, increased standardized test scores, and increased postsecondary degree completion.