Taking a chance with lady luck in the Peach State continues to bring hope to many Georgia college students. At Thomas University, Hope scholars say the grant makes their college experience easier.
Carli Black says, "Really important because I have other scholarships, but whatever is left over the Hope covers, so if I didn't have it, I'd be taking out student loans, and I really don't want to do that."
Good news for the Georgia Lottery is good news for the Hope Scholarship, whose funding state Legislatures in the past may one day be surpassed by rising college enrollments statewide.
Erica Player says, "I don't think that I would be able to continue going to school if I didn't get it. I would take out a lot of loans, and that's not really an option for me, so it's very important for me."
The Georgia Lottery brought in about $2.9 billion last year, breaking the 2003 record. It’s Lottery growth that many Georgia college students hope will continue. The Hope grant covers tuition, some fees and a book allowance.
The Georgia Student Finance Commission says the Hope Scholarship has been awarded to more than 850,000 college students in Georgia since the program began in 1993.