Name: Lauren Rose
High School: Lambert High School (Forsyth County)
College (Current or Future): Georgia State University
Major/Intended Major: Public Policy
Financial Aid Program: Zell Miller Scholarship
Siblings may grow up in the same house, but they typically live apart as they grow older and finding topics to relate to can be challenging. Luckily for Lauren Rose, she was able to assist her brother Benji when both took courses during the 2022 summer session at Georgia State University (GSU).
“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to study with Benji at the same institution, even if it was just for one semester,” said Lauren Rose, who graduated from Lambert High (Forsyth County) before matriculating to GSU. “While we did not take any of the same courses, I was able to help Benji get acclimated to the relatively fast pace at which college courses progress (especially those that occur during the summer!).”
Using Dual Enrollment to earn college credits over the summer, Benji Rose sees his older sister as his biggest inspiration.
“She has also always offered valuable advice and support, which has shaped who I am now as a person,” said Benji Rose, now a freshman at Dartmouth College. “Witnessing her level of commitment to academics and extracurriculars motivated me to behave in a similar manner.”
Lauren’s commitment to academics helped her earn the Zell Miller Scholarship, a program that quickly became a dream goal for her after learning about it from a high school counselor.
“The Zell Miller Scholarship relieved a great deal of my stress as it relates to financing my college education,” said Lauren Rose. “It proved instrumental in allowing me to acquire an affordable, high-quality undergraduate education.”
The scholarship is available at eligible institutions across the state, but she had one school in mind.
“I’m big on looking at news and rankings and knew the (GSU) Andrew Young School was ranked among the top schools in the nation,” Rose said in a recent article. “The faculty teaching its graduate programs also teach undergrads. Why wouldn’t I choose to learn from these top professors?”
During her time, Rose served as an economic policy intern for the World Trade Center in Savannah and participated in the GSU’s Panthers in the District program. She graduated from the GSU Honors College in the top 1 percent of her class, finishing with a 4.3 GPA and a B.S. in Public Policy.
“Because of the funding that I received via the Zell Miller Scholarship,” said Rose, “I have the confidence and comfort necessary to now pursue a graduate degree.”