Are children of military parents stationed in Georgia eligible for the Hope Scholarship?
In general, the answer is yes. However, there are a few requirements that must be met before the student is eligible to receive a hope scholarship or tuition equalization grant.
First, and most important, being a child of a military parent stationed in Georgia does not remove the requirement that the student must graduate from a Georgia high school to be eligible for an award during the Freshman year at a qualified Georgia public or private institution. If the student did not graduate from a Georgia high school, the student will need to establish and fulfill the residency requirements after the Freshman year in order to then be considered for a hope scholarship or equalization grant.
Second, the student must fulfill the academic requirements with a minimum 3.0 GPA on qualified classes and, for Zell Miller Scholarship, the ACT and/or SAT scores are also important as well as class rank.
Finally, all other requirements for the hope scholarship must also be met to obtain the scholarship as an entering Freshman at a qualified institution.
Once a student is enrolled in college, the checkpoint hours are used to determine eligibility during the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years in college. After the freshman year, the student will need to continue to show Georgia residency status either with a parent in full time military service stationed in Georgia or by meeting the normal residency requirement of establishing Georgia residency for 24 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes for the quarter or semester for which the hope scholarship is awarded.
As you can see, children of military parents stationed in Georgia are indeed eligible for the Hope Scholarship as long as you keep your GPA (Grade Point Average) above 3.0, graduate from an eligible GA. highs school, maintain or establish Georgia residency, attend a qualified institution, and meet the other requirements.