First semester is over and grades are in. Did you perform well in class as expected?
Most college students face the challenge of maintaining a high GPA throughout the semester, not only for passing purposes but to keep HOPE alive. For those who are unaware, HOPE is a scholarship provided to college students in the state of Georgia. Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement throughout their high school career and graduated with at least a 3.0 or above, and continue to maintain a 3.0 or above while in college. The scholarship provides money to assist students with their educational costs of attending a HOPE eligible college in Georgia.
After talking with some students on my campus, I learned that it is harder than it seems to maintain a 3.0 or better, and once you lose HOPE, it’s difficult to get it back. Sophomore, Brianna Jones, told me of her experience with the scholarship.
“In high school I was an honor student and maintaining my grades was an easy task. Coming into college, I thought it would be the same, just a little different. First semester wasn’t so challenging but second semester I began to slack off and in return I lost my HOPE scholarship. Now I’m paying for school out of pocket and it’s difficult to maintain.”
College is about experiencing life and expanding your horizons, but the one task you can’t forget is exactly what you are there for. Not only is it about fun, socializing and freedom, but you have to put forth hard work to get to where you want to go in life.
Georgia’s HOPE scholarship covers around 85% of a student’s tuition and is awarded to fewer students as the years spent in college progress. If awarded the HOPE Scholarship, wouldn’t you want to keep it?
Author, Rina E.
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