2011 - 2012 Zell Miller Scholarship Information
The 2011-2012 school year will be the first year that Georgia college students will be eligible to receive the Zell Miller Scholarship. Even though the Zell Miller scholarship is still part of the Hope Scholarship program, there are many differences between the two. Georgia established the Zell Miller Scholarship because the state was receiving less lottery revenue, while college hope scholarship expenses were increasing at an alarming rate.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal established the Zell Miller Scholarship to make sure the Hope Scholarship Program would be around for future generations. The main objective was to lower the amount of outflow funding that was going to college students, so the state could continue to rely on the lottery revenue to fund the program.
Students will be required to maintain a 3.3 college GPA in order to remain eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship. Students that receive the Hope Scholarship only need a 3,0 to maintain this scholarship.
Book Stipends and other fee allowances will no longer be covered under both the Zell Miller and Hope Scholarship. This is due to the fact that the state of Georgia just doesn’t have the funding to pay for these misc expenses.
Georgia Financial Aid offices are now required to review Zell Miller Scholarship recipients GPA to make sure they are still in good standing. Students are required to keep at least a 3.3 at the 30th, 60th, and 90th credit hour and at the end of every spring term. If you lose the Zell Miller Scholarship due to your GPA then you can only regain eligibility at the 30/60/90 credit hour checkpoints ONE time.
Students may receive the Zell Miller Scholarship up to a total of 127 attempted and/or paid hours (no exception for minors or majors requiring more than 127 hours.) Once students have more than 127 attempted or paid for hours then they have to pay for any hours over the limit.