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From Abbeville in Wilcox County to Zebulon in Pike County, Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) has provided more than $7 billion of financial assistance for educational programs beyond high school.

The legislation for this program was scripted in 1992 under the supervision of Governor Zell Miller and launched a year later to provide “bright students who otherwise would find it difficult to go to college” the ability to get a degree.

Funded by the Georgia Lottery for Education, this unique initiative has helped more than 1.75 million students at eligible state public and private universities and public technical schools to create the “better-educated work force…and invest in (Georgia’s) economic future” as Miller envisioned in his 1992 State of the State Address.

HOPE programs include: