The Zell Miller Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship program with specific
academic and grade point average eligibility requirements. The purpose of the Zell
Miller Scholarship Program is to encourage the academic achievement of Georgia's
high school students and Georgians seeking Degrees from postsecondary institutions
located in Georgia. An eligible student seeking a Degree from a University System
of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia institution may receive Zell Miller
Scholarship funds covering the Standard Undergraduate Tuition amount. The Zell Miller
Scholarship Program for students attending Georgia's Eligible Postsecondary Institutions
was created beginning with the 2011-2012 Award Year (State Fiscal Year 2012), with
awards first available for Fall term 2011. The program is fully funded by the Georgia
Lottery for Education and administered by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
The Zell Miller Scholar Program will pay: At an eligible public postsecondary institution,
100% of the standard tuition charges.
- Students are eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship as an incoming freshman:
- Having graduated from an eligible high school with a grade point average of at least
3.7 as calculated by Georgia Student Finance Commission and having received a score
of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math score on a single administration
of the SAT or an ACT score of at least 26; or
- Having graduated from an eligible high school as the valedictorian or salutatorian;
- Having completed a home study program meeting the HOPE eligibility requirements,
having received a score of at least 1,200 combined critical reading score and math
score on a single administration of the SAT or an ACT composite scale score of at
least 26, and earning a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 at eligible
postsecondary institution at the end of the quarter or semester in which the student
has attempted 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours, provided that such student
shall be eligible to receive a retroactive scholarship for such student's freshman
year to be paid at the end of the freshman year.
- A student must maintain a 3.3 grade point average in college to maintain the Zell
Miller Scholar program. If the student falls below a 3.3 grade point average, they
remain eligible for the regular HOPE Scholarship if the student's GPA is still a
3.0 or above.
- A student meeting the requirements to be a Zell Miller Scholar must also meet all
the requirements to be a HOPE Scholar.
- If a student loses eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholar program for any reason,
they may regain that eligibility one time.
If you apply for HOPE or the Zell Miller Scholarship using the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
you must complete the FAFSA each year. The FAFSA must be completed on or before
the last day of the school term or your withdrawal date for that term, whichever