Georgians Protest HOPE Scholarship Cuts
Ask any Black (or working class) college student from Georgia how they got into college and they will tell you that they got in off sheer HOPE. Since 1993 the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally scholarship has put more than 900,000 Georgia college students through school. But as tuition costs rise, the program is running out of money and newly elected Governor Nathan Deal is pushing for cuts in the program.
Funded entirely by the Georgia Lottery, HOPE has awarded over $3 Billion in scholarships but Deal claims that revenue from the lottery can no longer keep up with the rising cost of a college education. The House Bill 326 proposing the cuts will call for lower scholarship awards and will eliminate fundng for books and other fees.