Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility

The Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program with specific academic and gpa eligibility requirements.  The purpose of the program is to encourage academic achievement from Georgia's high school students seeking degrees from Georgia’s postsecondary institutions. 

A student must be a U.S. Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen and meet the requirements to be classified as a Georgia resident according to the in-state tuition policy that states a student must live in the state for either 12 or 24 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes of the school term for which the HOPE Scholarship is sought. 

Graduated from an eligible high school in 2011 or beyond: 

Have at least a 3.7 HOPE GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT OR graduate as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian from an eligible high school OR graduate from an ineligible high school with a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT AND achieve at least a 3.3 HOPE GPA at the 30 semester hour check-point in college.

First entered college in 2007 or beyond:


Have at least a 3.7 HOPE GPA and a 1200 on the Math and Reading portions of the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT or having graduated as the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian from an eligible high school AND must have had at least a 3.3 postsecondary HOPE GPA at the most recent check-point.

If a student did not or does not graduate from high school academically eligible for Zell Miller, then the student can never earn the Zell Miller Scholarship. Also, students may get awarded the Zell Miller Scholarship or HOPE Scholarship, but can not earn both for the same school term.
Additional eligibility requirements:

+   Be enrolled at a USG eligible postsecondary institution in a matriculated status leading to a degree.

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Be a legal resident of Georgia for tuition purposes. 

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Register with Selective Service (men only).  

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Be in compliance with the Georgia Drug-Free Post secondary Education Act of 1990.  

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Not be in default or owe a refund on a federal or state financial aid program.  

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Not have a bachelor's degree or higher.  

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Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. 

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Maintain a 3.3 HOPE GPA in college at all checkpoints.
Regaining Eligibility

Students who lose the Zell Miller Scholarship may still get HOPE Scholarship, assuming all requirements, including the 3.0 HOPE GPA, are met.

A student may regain the Zell Miller Scholarship after losing it only one time.  A student may regain eligibility if they have a 3.0 at the point of attempting 60 or 90 semester hours.  

If a student loses the Zell Miller Scholarship a second time, the student may still keep the HOPE Scholarship, assuming all requirements, including the 3.0 HOPE GPA, are met. 

When a student loses Zell Miller and HOPE Scholarship at the same time by dropping below a 3.0 GPA, the student would be considered as losing both scholarships.  If a student loses Zell Miller and retains HOPE Scholarship, but then loses HOPE twice, the student would no longer be eligible to regain Zell Miller.



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