Although this website is currently a place for information concerning the Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina lottery based scholarship programs, there are a number of states with similar programs. You will see that there is a wide range of eligibility requirements and award amounts. However, what they do have in common is that they are all lottery funded and they are all for students from the state attending a college or university in the state.
Here is a short list of states with lottery funded scholarships. This is not an all inclusive lists and does not attempt to describe the details of each scholarship and only covers programs for students that will attend four year state colleges full time and does not include technical schools or community colleges.
Also, please be aware that these programs can and do change every year based on changes in state law, lottery funding proceeds, and costs of tuition. This list is based on data available for 2011-2012 school year.
The states with lottery funded scholarships include:
Arkansas — (The Arkansas Lottery Scholarship) For high school graduates with a 2.5 grade point average or 19 on the ACT receive $5,000 per year.
Florida — (The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship) For high school graduates scoring a 1270 or better on the SAT or a 28 or better on the ACT receive $3,750 per year. Students with a 970 or better on the SAT or a 20 or better on the ACT are awarded $2,820.
Georgia — (Georgia Hope Scholarship) For high school graduates earning a 3.0 grade point average or better get a percentage of tuition. For students with a 3.7 gpa and a minimum of 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT, the Zell Miller Scholarship is available which funds 100% of tuition.
Kentucky — (Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship or KEES) For high school graduates with a 2.5 grade point average can receive at least $125 a year, with higher award amounts for better grade acheivement. Additional money is available for low-income students or those with higher scores on the ACT.
New Jersey — For high school graduates in the top 15 percent of their class. The award gives full tuition for five semesters.
New Mexico — (Lottery Success Scholarship) For college students who achieve a 2.5 or better GPA in their first semester.
New York — (New York Lottery Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship) One student with at a B average or better from every high school in the state is chosen to receive a $5,000 award.
South Carolina — (South Carolina Hope Scholarship) High school graduates with a minimum 3.0 grade point average can receive up to $2800 for their freshman year in college.
Tennessee — (Tennessee Hope Scholarship) High school graduates with a 3.0 GPA or a 21 on the ACT get up to $6,000 a year.
West Virginia — (Promise Scholarships) High school graduates with a 3.0 GPA and a 22 on the ACT receive $4,750 a year.