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Initial Academic Eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship

HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarships

Initial Academic Eligibility for the Zell Miller Scholarship

The Zell Miller Scholarship program requires students to meet academic eligibility requirements in addition to the basic requirements. The type of high school or home study program a student attends and graduates from determines the student’s Zell Miller Scholarship academic eligibility requirements.

 

Types of high schools for Zell Miller Scholarship

An eligible high school or an accredited home study program is one which is accredited by at least one of the approved accrediting agencies listed below; this is true even if the high school or home study program is located outside the state of Georgia or outside of the United States.

A high school not accredited by one of the approved accrediting agencies as listed below is considered an ineligible high school.

A home study program which is not accredited by one of the approved accrediting agencies as listed below is considered an unaccredited home study program.

Below are the approved accrediting agencies for high schools and home study programs.

High schools and home study programs located in Georgia must be accredited by one of the following approved agencies:  

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Association of Christian Schools
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Georgia Independent School Association.

High schools and home study programs located outside of Georgia must be accredited by one of the following approved agencies:  

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges;
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission;
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges;
  • Alabama Independent School Association; or
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools.

The high school or home study program must be accredited by an approved accrediting agency as listed above at the time of the student’s graduation or completion. The accrediting agency should be listed on their website. 

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

 

Student Academic Eligibility Requirements

Initial academic eligibility for students is based on the high school or home study program the student graduated or completed. 

Select from the list below which best describes your status then read the requirements to determine how initial academic eligibility is made.

  1. Graduate from an eligible high school
  2. Completer of an accredited home study program
  3. Graduate from an ineligible high school
  4. Completer of an unaccredited home study program

Note - A student who was not academically eligible for the Zell Miller Scholarship upon high school graduation or home study completion cannot gain eligibility while in college.

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

 

Graduates of an Eligible High School & Graduates of an Accredited Home Study Program

Zell Miller Scholarship Academic Eligibility Requirements as an entering freshman at an eligible college or university in Georgia (after high school graduation or home study completion)

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Graduate with a minimum 3.7 HOPE Calculated GPA and a minimum of four rigor credits and required test scores prior to high school graduation.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirement (see Student Document Upload)
      • An ACT composite score of 26 on a single national or state/district administration
      • A SAT total test score of 1200 on a single national administration
  • Graduates named as the (Zell Miller Scholarship) Valedictorian or Salutatorian of his or her graduating class.
    • Must have a minimum 3.0 HOPE calculated GPA and a minimum of four rigor credits.

Georgia High School Reporting

If you graduate from a Georgia eligible high school your high school is required to submit your transcript data to GSFC for the calculation of your HOPE GPA. Eligible high schools will also report their valedictorian and salutatorian data to GSFC.

This is a secure electronic process. Once your HOPE Calculated GPA is calculated, finalized, and verified by your high school, you can view it through your GAfutures account at My High School HOPE GPA.

Out of State High School Process

If you graduate from an eligible high school located outside of Georgia and believe you meet the Zell Miller Scholarship GPA requirement and the ACT or SAT score requirement as listed above, your eligibility must be calculated manually. Complete the following steps for your eligibility to be determined.

  1. Complete the Request for Out-of-State High School Transcript Evaluation for HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships form
  2. Submit the completed form with your official transcript, and needed test score report by:
    1. Sign in to your GAfutures account (create one if you don’t have one)
    2. Select Document Upload, located on the left-hand side of the page.
      • Document Upload - acceptable file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif, tiff

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

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Graduates of an Ineligible High School or Unaccredited Home Study Program

Zell Miller Scholarship Academic Eligibility Requirements as an entering freshman at an eligible college or university in Georgia (after high school graduation or home study completion)

Meet the following criteria:

  1. ACT or SAT scores earned prior to high school graduation. The student must score in or above the 93rd percentile on a single national or state/district administration of the ACT or single national administration of the SAT.
  • A minimum composite score of 29 is required for the ACT.
  • A total test score of 1340 or higher is required for the SAT.

Academic Eligibility Process

 If you graduate from an eligible high school located outside of Georgia and believe you meet the Zell Miller Scholarship GPA requirement and the ACT or SAT score requirement as listed above, your eligibility must be calculated manually. Complete the following steps for your eligibility to be determined.

  1. Complete the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Evaluation Request form
  2. Submit the completed form with your official transcript, and needed test score report by:
    1. Sign in to your GAfutures account (create one if you don’t have one)
    2. Select Document Upload, located on the left-hand side of the page.
      • Document Upload - acceptable file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif, tiff

Retroactive Eligibility

A student who graduated from an ineligible high school or completed an unaccredited home study with minimum composite score of 26 on a national or state/district administration of the ACT or minimum total test score of 1200 on a single national administration of the SAT, may receive the Zell Miller Scholarship retroactively for his or her freshman year of college

Meet the following criteria:

  1. Attempt 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college degree-level credit and
  2. Earn a minimum 3.3 cumulative HOPE calculated GPA

Academic Eligibility Process

If you graduate from an ineligible high school or an unaccredited home study program and believe you meet the Zell Miller Scholarship GPA requirement and the ACT or SAT score requirement as listed above, your eligibility must be calculated manually. Complete the following steps for your eligibility to be determined.

  1. Complete the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship Eligibility Evaluation Request form
  2. Submit the completed form with your official transcript, and needed test score report by:
    1. Sign in to your GAfutures account (create one if you don’t have one)
    2. Select Document Upload, located on the left-hand side of the page.
      • Document Upload - acceptable file types: pdf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, tif, tiff

The deadline to apply for the Zell Miller Scholarship retroactive payment is the last day of the semester or quarter immediately following the semester or quarter in which you reached the 30 semester or 45 quarter attempted-hour point (excluding summer semester).

*Students must meet all program eligibility requirements.

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