The HOPE Program (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) created in 1993 under the supervision of Governor Zell Miller, is Georgia’s unique scholarship and grant program that rewards students with financial assistance in degree, diploma, and certificate programs at eligible Georgia public and private colleges and universities, and public technical colleges. HOPE is funded entirely by revenue from the Georgia Lottery and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC).
HOPE has provided more than $9.4 billion of financial assistance for educational programs beyond high school.
The legislation for this program was scripted in 1992 under the supervision of Governor Zell Miller and launched a year later to provide assistance towards the cost of tuition at eligible Georgia postsecondary institutions to incent and reward Georgia’s high achieving students.
This unique initiative has helped more than 1.7 million students create a “better-educated work force…and invest in (Georgia’s) economic future” as Miller envisioned in his 1992 State of the State Address.
For more information on eligibility requirements, program applications, award amounts, participating institutions and other program-specific information, visit GAfutures.