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Letter to the editor
Changes in HOPE will be positive
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Forsyth County News


 There has been a lot of controversy over the recent change of the HOPE scholarship. Created in the 1990s, this scholarship financially helped all Georgia high school graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher by paying tuition for the student if he/she attended an in-state college or university. The student will continue to receive this lottery funded financial aid if he/she keeps up at least a 3.0 GPA in college.

Recently, however, the funds for this have been becoming increasingly tight. For this reason the Georgia legislature passed a bill stating that now to receive the full financial aid the student must now have at least a 3.7 GPA in high school, get at least a 1200 on the SAT, and keep up at least a 3.3 GPA in college. If the student has a 3.0 to 3.7 GPA in high school and keeps it up in college he/she will only have to pay for 10 percent of their college tuition.

Many current and soon-to-be college students have shown a very negative reaction to this new change. I, however, believe that this change is a very good one that will not only help with the current economic situation but will most likely raise average school performance by high schools and colleges.

The HOPE scholarship program was running a deficit and, if it was allowed to continue the way it was running, it would eventually run out of money and be cancelled. This reform allows the program to stay a part of this state’s education program. I also believe that since the requirements for the full scholarship have become stricter the drive to achieve in students will increase.

I believe they will study more and get better grades in order to receive the full scholarship. This will help our future become one filled with bright individuals who can effectively lead and change the world for the better. Although many students see this as a negative bill because of its immediate effects, I believe the long-term effects will be extremely beneficial for Georgia as a whole.

Brandon Dudgeon