ERIC Number: EJ700605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-29
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A Question of Merit: Merit-Based Scholarship Programs Have Gained Huge Popularity in a Number of States, but Many Wonder at What (or Whose) Expense
Finken, Dee Anne
Black Issues in Higher Education, v20 n25 p32 Jan 2004
Ten years ago, the state best known for its peaches launched a revolution that still reverberates in the halls of colleges and universities across the country. Faced with a plethora of poorly performing high-school students and a growing number of graduates fleeing the state for postsecondary study, Georgia unveiled its Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) scholarship plan. The ambitious grant program now pays for qualifying students' books, fees and entire tuition, regardless of the students' finances, at the in-state public college of their choice, and chips in thousands of dollars toward private-college tuition bills. This document discusses the pro's and con's of the HOPE scholarship plan.
Descriptors: Grants, Higher Education, State Aid, Minority Groups, Financial Needs, Student Financial Aid, Public Colleges, Access to Education, Merit Scholarships, Scholarship Funds
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia