|Students Earning Georgia's HOPE Scholarships and Grants
|Disbursements of Georgia's HOPE Scholarships and Grants
to Georgia's Educational Institutions
(SEPTEMBER 01, 1993 - FEBRUARY 22, 2014)
|Public Colleges and Universities
|Private Colleges and Universities
|Public Technical Colleges
|Total Scholarships Earned
|* Students who transfer to another institution are duplicated in this count.
The individual student count is 1,539,645.
The Creation of HOPE
January 14, 1991
Zell Miller is inaugurated as Georgia's 79th Governor. Introduces legislation before the General Assembly to establish a lottery. A statewide referendum must be passed to amend the Georgia Constitution to allow for a lottery.
January 31, 1991
Resolution to put lottery amendment before voters passes the Georgia House 126-51, and is adopted by a 47-9 vote of the Georgia Senate.
November 3, 1992
Georgia voters pass the lottery amendment 1,146,340-1,050,674.
November 1992 - August 1993
Governor Miller establishes three distinct and individually funded lottery programs: the HOPE Scholarship Program, a voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds, and an instructional technology program.
June 29, 1993
The first Georgia Lottery ticket is sold, sparking a windfall of unprecedented lottery sales. Georgia's first year of sales brought in a national record of $1.13 billion, providing $360 million for the three education programs.
September 1, 1993
Georgia's first HOPE Scholarship is awarded to Matthew Miller of Snellville, Georgia to attend Gwinnett Technical College.
Major Milestones in HOPE History
July 1, 1994
HOPE makes its first expansion to cover four rather than two years of tuition. In addition, mandatory fees and a $100 per quarter book allowance will be paid for the first time.
July 1, 1995
The $100,000 family income-eligibility cap for HOPE is abolished.
July 1, 1995
Governor Miller decides to give students who lose their HOPE Scholarships after their freshman year a second chance. If the student completes the sophomore year with a cumulative B average, they will receive HOPE their junior year.
Nontraditional students (who graduated before the HOPE program began in 1993) may qualify for HOPE after their sophomore year.
July 11, 1995
President Clinton models his America's Hope program, a tax credit for the cost of two years of education beyond high school, after the success of Georgia's HOPE Program.
July 1, 1996
Private college students for the first time must earn and maintain a B average to receive HOPE. As a result, the previous $1,500 grant is changed to a $3,000 scholarship.
November 3, 1996
Entering freshmen high school students (Class of 2000) must now earn a B average in the core curriculum courses of English, math, social studies, foreign language and science to receive the HOPE Scholarship upon graduation.
July 1, 1997
Nontraditional students may now qualify for HOPE after their freshman or sophomore years.
November 18, 1997
The Georgia Student Finance Commission adopts a policy to allow home school students who maintain a B average during their first year in college to retroactively qualify for a HOPE Scholarship during the 1997-98 school year.
The National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) releases a study that says Georgia is ranked Number One among the 50 states in academic-based student financial aid because of the HOPE Scholarship.
June 29, 1998
The Council on School Performance releases a study that concludes: "We found that recipients of Georgia's HOPE Scholarship are more likely to remain enrolled in college, have higher college grade point averages and have earned more credit hours than students without the scholarship."
September 1, 1998
Five years after its inception, the HOPE Scholarship has awarded 319,000 students more than $580 million.
November 3, 1998
Georgia voters elect to create a Constitutional amendment protecting the HOPE Scholarship Program from legislative and political tampering.
May 17, 1999
For the second year in a row, the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) ranked Georgia Number One among the 50 states in academic-based student financial aid because of the HOPE Scholarship.
September 29, 1999
Yomaris Figueroa of McDonough, a freshman at Georgia State University in Atlanta, was congratulated by Governor Roy E. Barnes as Georgia's 400,000th HOPE Scholarship recipient.
For the third year in a row, the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) ranked Georgia Number One among the 50 states in academic-based student financial aid because of the HOPE Scholarship.
July 1, 2000
Students can receive the full benefits of Georgia's HOPE Scholarship and the federal Pell Grant making a college education for Georgia students even more affordable.
Seven years after its inception, the HOPE Scholarship program has more than 500,000 awards totaling $1 billion.
For the fourth year in a row, the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) ranked Georgia Number One among the 50 states in academic-based student financial aid because of the HOPE Scholarship.
HOPE reaches new milestones: More than 600,000 students have received HOPE awards totaling more than $1.5 billion. Also, thanks to HOPE, for the fifth year in a row Georgia leads the nation in providing academic-based financial aid.
The Georgia General Assembly created the Improvement of the HOPE Scholarship Joint Study Commission. The purpose of the Commission was to identify and recommend actions to ensure adequate funding of the HOPE program for years to come.
For the sixth year in a row, the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) ranked Georgia Number One among the 50 states in academic-based student financial aid because of the HOPE Scholarship.
After meeting throughout the latter half of 2003, The HOPE Study Commission made its recommendations in January 2004.
House Bill 1325 was signed into law, creating the most significant changes in the HOPE program since its beginning.
The HOPE program reaches the milestone of assisting one million individual recipients.
The new HOPE Scholarship high school grade point average calculation and transcript exchange project was implemented, in accordance with House Bill 1325 passed in 2004.
The HOPE Scholarship award amount for students attending private colleges was increased from $3,000 per academic year to $3,500 per academic year. Senate Bill 492 was implemented, which increased the Georgia residency requirement for the HOPE Scholarship to 24 months for students who did not graduate from high school as a Georgia resident. In addition, changes were made to the treatment of postsecondary coursework taken while in high school, for purposes of the HOPE Scholarship and HOPE Grant eligibility. House Bill 152 was implemented, which allows home study students, ineligible high school graduates, and GED recipients to gain HOPE Scholarship eligibility by scoring in the 85th percentile on the SAT/ACT.