Scholarship program to keep Ga. students in state quietly ends

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ATLANTA — Some of Georgia's top students are finding out that a four-year scholarship designed to help keep them from leaving the state has been eliminated.

The Governor's Scholarship Program was quietly removed from the budget lawmakers passed April 3 on the final day of the 2009 session.

Within a week of the vote, the Student Finance Commission began notifying about 1,500 students that they wouldn't get the aid next fall.

The scholarship began in the mid-1980s as an incentive to keep Georgia valedictorians and other top students from attending college elsewhere.

About 3,000 students were getting more than $4.5 million in awards at its peak in the 1990s but the program has been scaled back.

The state spent about $1.3 million this year and scholarships were about $900 for most students.

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jack 04/26/09 - 01:36 pm
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A shame but it is belt

A shame but it is belt tightening time for everyone.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 04/26/09 - 04:49 pm
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What a shame.

What a shame.

greygranny
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greygranny 04/26/09 - 06:56 pm
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All of these student would be

All of these student would be eligible for the HOPE scholarship so it was just redundant. You could not receive both just one or the other so why have both?

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workingmom 04/26/09 - 08:41 pm
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I agree, Jack. With the

I agree, Jack. With the economy like it is, costs must be cut everywhere. Unfortunately this means cutting funding for these scholarships. When it comes to paying for college, $900 is a small amount that could possibly be earned by a part time or summer job.

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