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Keeping HOPE alive

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November 4, 2002

Albany-- Studying for college finals is stressful enough. But these days, good grades can mean more than a good Grade point average-- it can mean a free ride.

The HOPE Scholarship has given tens of thousands of Georgia students an opportunity to go to college free, as long as they maintain a "B" or better GPA. And students we spoke too say they work hard to get good grades for themselves, but admit keeping the HOPE is in the backs of their minds.

"OK, today we are going to continue our look at World War One," says the professor. Students in this Honor's History class at Darton College take notes frantically as the professor lectures about America's road to World War One.

Every student in this class has a 3.0 grade point average, and every student is taking advantage of the HOPE scholarship. take sot: 4:20 "I'm a double major, so eventually I will lose HOPE, because I will run out of hours, so I want to keep it as long as I can," said Lori Brents. "We'll have to pay for it somehow."

Lori Brents is an exceptional student, maintaining a 3.8 GPA. But, even Lori says there are certain classes that are harder than others, and those are the ones that can jeopardize a good GPA. "Everyone has that one course that gives them more grief than other ones."

"Very simple, work hard, work hard, work very hard," is the advice from Amit Singh, Honor's Advisor.

Professors say hard work is the only answer to boosting up borderline GPA's, something these honor students say they know a lot about. The HOPE Scholarship is paid for by the lottery.

posted at 6:10PM by dave.miller@walb.com