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Meeting will deal with future of Hope Scholarship

July 30, 2003

 (Atlanta-AP) -- A new state commission meets today to discuss the future of the HOPE scholarship.

Officials say the scholarship has become a victim of its own success. They are wrorried that the cost of two lottery-funded programs -- the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten classes for four-year-olds -- will outpace lottery proceeds.

The concern is that costs are rising faster than lottery sales, especially for HOPE. The commission will make recommendations to state lawmakers by December.

The scholarships pay tuition and mandatory fees and provide book money for students who maintain at least a B average at public schools.

It also pays for students to attend technical schools and gives a grant to students at private colleges who maintain good grades.

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