Losing Hope - 11Alive Special Report

Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally -- HOPE -- is Georgia's scholarship program that rewards outstanding students and encourages them to remain in the state of Georgia to further their collegiate studies. The program provides financial assistance for collegiate and post-secondary studies at Georgia's colleges, univeristies and technical institutions.

Georgia's HOPE program is funded by funds from the Georgia Lottery -- which also funds Georgia's Pre-K program.

Recent developments indicate that the program may be hit by some of the same budgetary problems that have plagued other state government agencies and programs over the past few years.


Gov. Nathan Deal
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Rep. David Ralston
Speaker of the House

Sen. Jim Butterworth
Senate Higher Ed. Committee Chair

Rep. Len Walker
House Higher Ed. Committee Chair


State Senate gambling on HOPE

11:10 PM, Mar 14, 2013

Bill that would regulate video gambling machines and help pay HOPE scholarships moves one step closer to Governor's signature.

THE DEBATE: Expanding HOPE or lowering standards?

2:50 AM, Feb 8, 2013

Governor Nathan Deal and other Republican leaders will work with Georgia House Democrats to help thousands more technical college students to become eligible for HOPE Grants.

Democrats want to restore HOPE scholarship cuts

8:02 PM, Feb 6, 2013

State Senate Democrats propose undoing many of the 2011 cuts to Georgia's popular HOPE Scholarship program, but Republicans say we can't afford it yet.

Students coming up with their own plan to save HOPE scholarships

1:54 AM, Oct 16, 2012

UGA student leaders may vote Tuesday night on whether to call on the state to allow merchants to install Video Lottery Terminals to raise more money for HOPE scholarships, among other proposals.

No action likely this year to save Georgia's HOPE scholarship

1:38 AM, Mar 22, 2012

Georgia's popular HOPE college scholarship program is speeding toward a cliff, but it's not likely that anyone at the State Capitol will be doing anything this year to steer it to safety.

Could video poker save Georgia's HOPE Scholarship?

8:48 PM, Feb 15, 2012

Savannah lawmaker wants video gambling machines added to the state's lottery.

Ga. college students: Without food stamps we wouldn't be able to eat

7:49 PM, Jan 31, 2012

Food stamps are helping Georgia college students survive their rising tuitions and fees, and their shredded personal budgets.

Requirements for Georgia college students wishing to receive food stamps

5:08 PM, Jan 31, 2012

These are the requirements, from the Georgia Department of Human Services, for college students wishing to receive food stamps.

Democrats want GPA requirment removed from HOPE Grant

6:12 PM, Jan 30, 2012

Debate is underway on whether to remove the 3.0 GPA requirement for students receiving HOPE Grants who attend technical colleges.

Plenty of old fashioned skilled labor needed

7:54 PM, Jan 17, 2012

Gov. Nathan Deal kicks off program to encourage more students to learn badly needed technical jobs.

Georgia's HOPE scholarship program sinking fast

2:40 PM, Jan 12, 2012

By the 2015-2016 school year, the HOPE scholarship program will pay less than half of college tuition, and will be paying a smaller and smaller share every year after that.

New college loan program has fewer takers than expected

7:05 AM, Jul 19, 2011

Only about a third of the students predicted applied for a new Georgia low-interest loan program.

Georgia's Lottery Exec Paid Half a Million Dollars

2:16 PM, May 9, 2011

There are two ways to make half a million dollars a year from the Georgia Lottery. Win it or become the head of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. 

Deal signs HOPE Scholarship changes into law

2:55 PM, Mar 15, 2011

Just three weeks after unveiling legislation to overhaul the state's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the measure into law.

Governor to Sign HOPE Bill Today

6:44 AM, Mar 15, 2011

Leaders of both parties will join Governor Nathan Deal as he signs the HOPE Scholarship bill into law at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats to protest HOPE Scholarship changes

10:13 AM, Mar 11, 2011

Governor Deal is just days away from signing major changes to the HOPE Scholarship into law. Despite losing their Gold Dome battle, Senate Democrats are still putting up a fight. || Losing Hope 11Alive News Special

Governor to approve reductions to Georgia HOPE scholarship

12:46 AM, Mar 11, 2011

Gov. Nathan Deal says he will sign his HOPE Scholarship bill reducing benefits, as amended by the State Senate on Tuesday, and as approved by the House on Thursday. || Losing HOPE 11Alive News Special

Plan to reduce HOPE scholarships passes Georgia Senate, may reach Governor's desk soon

2:10 AM, Mar 9, 2011

After a few changes late Tuesday afternoon, the HOPE Scholarship legislation passed the Georgia Senate -- that's in spite of as many as a dozen students removed from the Senate Gallery after several outbursts. || Complete HOPE Coverage

Governor revamps pre-K funding plans

1:36 PM, Mar 7, 2011

After getting pushback from parents and educators, Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced revised plans to cut Georgia's free pre-kindergarten program. They would keep a full school day, but cut the school year. || Complete HOPE Coverage

Grade school, college students to protest HOPE cuts

11:55 AM, Mar 7, 2011

Students of all ages are protesting HOPE Scholarship cuts outside the State Capitol on Monday. || Complete HOPE Coverage