State Scholarship Programs

HOPE Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship is available to Georgia residents who graduate from high school as a HOPE Scholar with a 3.0 or better GPA and meet all other requirements (citizenship, residency, etc.). Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) determines students who are HOPE Scholars upon graduation from high school. If a student is not a designated HOPE Scholar upon graduation from high school a student could become eligible by completing at least 30 semester hours of degree level courses at a college or university. A 3.0 GPA is required at the 30, 60 or 90 hour checkpoint to become eligible.

The student will need to complete the HOPE Scholarship application, which is available in the Financial Aid Office, and the student must ensure that all transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

The student must be enrolled in a degree program of study to receive the scholarship. The HOPE Scholarship is not awarded to students who have already earned a Bachelor’s degree (either in the U.S. or from any other country). Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA at the 30th, 60th, and 90th hour checkpoint and at the end of every Spring semester to remain eligible.

Students who received the HOPE Scholarship prior to Summer term 2011, and meets all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, may receive the HOPE Scholarship until June 30 following the completion of the seventh full year after the first of one of the following events has occurred:

  • The first of the high school graduation date; or
  • The graduation date of the student’s high school class if the student withdrew from high school prior to his or her graduation date; or
  • The Home Study completion date; or
  • The successful GED test date.
  • The scholarship will pay for 127 semester hours. These 127 hours include any HOPE grant paid hours. The term that the student meets the cap, the scholarship will only pay for hours up to the cap. (Example: The student has 124 semester hours at the end of Fall semester. The student registers for 6 hours for Spring semester. The HOPE Scholarship will only pay for 3 credit hours for Spring semester).
  • The tuition amount paid for the HOPE Scholarship will be paid the same as indicated above for the HOPE grant.

Zell Miller Scholarship

The Zell Miller Scholarship Program was created in the 2011-2012 award year and the first awards became available in the Fall term of 2011. The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) will identify students who are eligible for this scholarship. The academic requirements for this scholarship that must be met are (1) graduate from an eligible high school as the Valedictorian or Salutatorian; or (2) graduate from an eligible high school with a minimum 3.70 cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale and receive a minimum score of 1200 combined critical reading and math on a single administration of the SAT or receive a composite scale score of 26 on a single administration of the ACT.

The Zell Miller Scholarship recipient will have his/her tuition paid at 100% up to 15 hours. Students are responsible for the payment of fees.

Georgia HERO Scholarship

Georgia HERO Scholarship program provides educational scholarship assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists who served in combat zones, and the children and the spouses of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves.
To be eligible to apply for a Georgia HERO Scholarship, you must meet the requirements of one of the following four categories:

Category 1
Be an active member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who is a Georgia resident and was deployed outside the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries.

Category 2
Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone and served in such combat zone for at least 181 cumulative days, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, or served less than 181 cumulative days in a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, but was evacuated because of severe injuries. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.

Category 3
Be the child of a parent who was a member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves and a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100 percent disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone. Such child must have been born prior to the qualifying term of service or within nine months of the beginning of the qualifying term of service and must have been 25 years of age or younger during the qualifying term of service.

Category 4
Be the spouse of a former member of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves who was a Georgia resident when he or she was deployed outside of the United States for active duty service to a location designated as a combat zone, beginning on or after February 1, 2003, and who was killed while serving in such combat zone, or died or became 100 percent disabled as a result of injuries received in such combat zone.

Award Amounts for Georgia HERO Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and as appropriated funds are available.

Eligible recipients may receive up to $2,000 per academic school year. Award amounts are prorated for school terms in which recipients are enrolled for less than full-time (12 hours).

Students who meet the eligibility requirements of Categories 1, 3, or 4 may receive up to $8,000 for the equivalent of four academic years of study.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements in Category 2 may receive up to $2,000 per academic year for each qualifying term of service of at least 181 cumulative days, or for a qualifying term of service of less than 181 cumulative days if the parent was evacuated because of severe injuries.

Students in Category 2 gain eligibility for $2,000 per qualifying term of service, for a maximum of four qualifying terms of service, not to exceed a total of $8,000 for the equivalent of four academic years of study.


Other Scholarships

Georgia Piedmont Tech Foundation Scholarships

A few scholarships are offered through the Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation. A list of these scholarships and Georgia Piedmont Technical College’s General Scholarship Application can be found below.

Outside Scholarships

Students are encouraged to search for and apply to as many scholarships as possible. There are a variety of internet sites available to assist students in the scholarship search process. It is not recommended you use any Scholarship Search that requires a fee. A popular free search is FASTWEB. Click here for a brief list of outside scholarships: