Unlike many merit based scholarship applications, the process to apply for hope scholarship consideration is rather easy. Most of the hard work is not in the application process rather it is in achieving eligibility by meeting the required academic and other requirements, which are: [Read more...]
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When searching for information on the Hope Scholarship, it can be quite confusing. One reason for this due to the name being used for various awards.
With the states of Georgia and Tennessee looking at funding constraints to their respective Hope Scholarship programs, it is a good idea to have alternatives to consider for scholarship opportunities. Unfortunately, most alternative scholarships are not open and available to all students as they are with the Hope Scholarship. As you know the Hope Scholarship requirements are: residency, in state college attendance, academic requirements meeting the minimum GPA and/or college entrance test (ACT or SAT) scores, and continued GPA minimums once in college. You can review the Hope Scholarship Admissions Requirements here on this site.
Living with the Hope Scholarship
My older son is now a Junior at the University of Georgia, and I thought it would be interesting to look back at how the Hope Scholarship has affected his course of study now that he is at the half way point (I hope) of his undergraduate career. [Read more...]
If you are a high school student or a parent of a high school student, the typical approach to the scholarship search process begins the second half of Junior year or perhaps the end of Senior year in high school. However, since most academic based scholarships, like the Hope Scholarship, look at the overall grade point average (GPA) earned on core high school classes, grades earned the first semester of Freshman year are just as important as grades earned the last semester of the Senior year. It is the wise student that prepares for the Hope Scholarship Requirements starting the first day of Freshman classes. In fact, since Freshman classes may be easier, from an academic point of view, than Junior and Senior level classes, it may be more important to concentrate on getting “A” results in the Freshman year. These results will act as a base line to shore up the GPA when the harder classes hit later in the high school career. [Read more...]
If you are a high school senior this year (2012), what are your alternatives with respect to scholarships? If you are in Georgia or Tennessee, you have each states version of the Hope Scholarship, of course. But, could you do better? Should look for Hope Scholarship alternatives? And, from another point of view, what if you are just entering the ninth grade… Should you plan on the Hope Scholarship being available? Should you plan on a different strategy? I think just considering these questions may actually provide better solutions for some students than what the Hope Scholarship may provide. [Read more...]