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HOPE Scholarship could become need-based

By Ben Roberts - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany's State Senator isn't ready to endorse a proposal to restrict students from wealthier families from qualifying for HOPE Scholarships, but she says something must be done to keep the program solvent.

The program is losing money and now depending on reserves to fund scholarships. Senator Freddie Powell Sims says the idea of need-based eligibility may not be fair to some students who work hard to earn HOPE but wouldn't qualify. She wants state leaders to look into other options. She said, "This is a merit scholarship which means the student earns the scholarship through his or her grades. It's not something the parent earns, but it's earned by the student. The HOPE Scholarship was designed to keep our best and brightest students right here in the state of Georgia, and we could not afford to lose them."

Sims says state leaders must come together to find ways to preserve HOPE.

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