We believe there are more than 1,000 people in Georgia who want to save the HOPE Scholarship. The problem is many people simply aren’t aware the HOPE Scholarship is going broke.
They don’t realize the state spent $305 million less on student awards this year than the previous year. They don’t know that Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship has not been fully funded since 2008.
And most important, they don’t realize the impact of this under funding. They don’t know that many students took on expensive college debt and many others leave school without finishing their degree. It’s tough to finish college when you’re working two or three jobs to pay for the tuition the state promised to cover.
Here’s another small collection of people who have figured it out. These are just a few of the comments from people across Georgia who have signed the petition. (And if you haven’t signed already, please do it now: click here).
“We cannot afford to stop the HOPE Scholarship. Our future is at stake if we do!” Tiffany Worthy, Marietta
“Why does education, of all things, the future of our state, have to suffer? Aren’t there enough HOPE lobbyists liquoring up you and the legislature to make it happen?” Mark E. James, Lawrenceville
“Please save the HOPE Scholarship, I have 6 grandchildren that will need help funding college. If you want to help make a difference for our youth please keep the HOPE in tack. Afterall these are the ones that will be taking care of us when we are old. I want the best doing that for me.” Donna Mason, Macon
“Please keep HOPE alive for our young people who cannot otherwise go to college!” Janice Morrissey, Rockmart
“Listen to the people, support the results of the Better Georgia survey!” John Bradbury, Chickamauga
“This program was a promise for the young people in this state assuring funding for helping educate them in higher education programs. When did we decide higher education is not worth maintaining HOPE for our young people?” Belva Barnhardt, Chatsworth
“Perhaps our most important economic development resource, it must be preserved!” George Pullen, Rome
“There is no other way we will be able to send our children to college.” Gail Smith, Perry
“My oldest daughter is a freshmen at Macon State College. We have 2 more daughters that wish to attend college. Without the HOPE scholarship I will be unable to send them. I am a teacher, and my husband is disabled. It takes everthing I make to make ends meet. Help me keep their dreams alive! ” Williams, Julliette
“We need to return this program to what it was designed to be in the beginning – For Georgians who could not attend college without this scholarship.” Sadie Morgan, Rossville
“Our students deserve the chance to be educated to the fullest!” Lisa Garrett, Macon
“Georgia Deserves Better than what it is getting now. I support the Democrat’s plan to save Hope!” Gwen Moore, Barnesville
“There are a lot of hard working students that would not be able to go to college if it wasn’t for the HOPE scholarship.” Linda Walker, Forsyth