Hope Paper

Rose Asutaku
Dr. Matthews
English 1101 Honors
A Future With Less HOPE
Is there any HOPE left in Georgia’s future? Many of its residents are asking themselves that important question. Why? Because a bill, known as House Bill 326, has just been signed which changes the requirements for the HOPE Scholarship. The new bill raises the GPA requirements, adds a needed SAT score, and eliminates the coverage of remedial classes. So, now the question rises. Why are these key changes being made to a scholarship that has been working just fine for almost two decades? The main answer lies in the fact that the revenue from lottery ticket sales, which funds the scholarship, has decreased dramatically due to the tough economic times. As a result, the state does not have enough lottery money to fund HOPE the way it used to. Even though the lottery funds are decreasing, the requirements of HOPE should not be changed in the manner that the new bill advocates.
To the eyes of the State, the changes made to HOPE are very necessary and essential to prevent the state from spending more lottery money than it has. The funding for the scholarship can not afford to pay for HOPE. There’s no more money left. In order for them to still have the provision available to those in need, they have to toughen the eligibility requirements so fewer students can qualify. In addition to the lack of funding, some scholars are saying that the new rules of HOPE will better prepare high school students for college. According to Fran Miller, the author of an article supporting the new changes, a large number of college freshmen who take learning support classes are recipients of the HOPE Scholarship. In 2009, about 43 percent of those students “were out of the University System after their freshmen year. All of the money being spent on them went to waste because they were not “better prepared” for college. Many students though will not even be able to prepare themselves for college because they...