- In 2008, the graduation rate for students who lost the Hope scholarship was only 20%, 40-points lower than the rate for those who held on to it. Gaining the Hope Scholarship back after losing it is a statistical longshot: only about 9% of Georgia State students pull this off. Using a $500 incentive for two semesters after the scholarship is lost, the Program requires students to sign a contract agreeing to meet with their advisors, attend academic skills workshops and participate in financial literacy training.
- By signing a contract to receive $500 for each of the first two semesters after losing Hope, students agree to participate in a series of programs and interventions designed to get them back on track academically and to make wise financial choices in the aftermath of losing the scholarship.
- Scholarship Criteria:
- Program is open to freshman and sophomore students with a 2.75 – 2.99 HOPE grade point average.
- Student must pursue a minimum of 30 credit hours within the next academic year (fall, spring, and summer semesters).
- Students must attend Student Success workshops facilitated by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
- Students must meet with their academic coach on a regular basis.
- Students are required to attend mandatory advisement sessions facilitated by the University Advisement Center.
Keep Hope Alive supported a record number of students and continues to have a success rate of about 50% even with a significant expansion in the number of students.