Downloadable Data Explained - HOPE Scholarship Eligibility
HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally) Scholarship eligibility data is reported by the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC). The Report Card includes the number and percent of students eligible for the HOPE scholarship at the school, system, and state levels.
Public and private high schools calculated summary grade point averages (GPA) for graduating seniors to transmit a list of HOPE scholarship eligible students to the Georgia Student Finance Commission each February (preliminary list) and June (final list). In making these calculations, local schools counted only the highest grades for the required number of course credits in the areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies and foreign language (for college preparatory only). Schools weighted grades as they deemed appropriate. Further, they could use a numeric (0-100) or a 4.0 scale to report (A=4, B=3, etc.) grades. If a student received a college preparatory diploma, the scholarship eligibility standard was 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 80 on a numeric scale. If the student received a diploma type that was not college preparatory, the scholarship eligibility standard was 3.2 on a 4.0 scale or 85 on a numeric scale.