At Tech, all hope is not lost when you lose HOPE

A grateful Tech graduate created a scholarship for students who lose HOPE

A grateful Tech graduate created a scholarship for students who lose HOPE

In reference to my blog entry on students losing HOPE, especially students in tough majors, someone sent me a note about the scholarship that Ken Faulkner established at his beloved Georgia Tech for students who lost HOPE.

I went to the Tech scholarship list and there it was:Mary and Kenneth Faulkner: Awards to undergraduate students who lost the HOPE scholarship due to their grade point average.

I found a short piece about Mr. Faulkner who graduated Tech in 1950 and died in 2005. When he bestowed the scholarship, he dubbed it a scholarship for HOPE-less students. In 2007, the initial year of the scholarship, eight students received it.

Mr. Faulkner probably knew how tough his alma mater was. So, he did a very kind thing for the students following behind him.

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V for Vendetta

March 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

It would be interesting to know the socioeconomic background of the kids who received his scholarship. I would be willing to bet that they would not qualify as “needy.” I would also be interested to know just how far below 3.0 they dropped: 2.9?, 2.8?, or 1.7?

I think we know the answer to that as well.

Proud Black Man

March 23rd, 2010
12:11 pm

“It would be interesting to know…”

Can’t have any colored children getting this now can we?

I think we know the answer to that as well.

No we all don’t.


March 23rd, 2010
12:18 pm

Nice way to inject race. She was asking about the socioeconomic background. I’m inferring that the point V was trying to make is that most of these students would still have been able to afford GT even without the scholarship.

Tech Alum

March 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

I went to Tech, lost the HOPE scholarship after my first year, and then worked every single semester of college to pay for my education until I graduated with a 2.9 — after four and half years of excruciatingly hard school work and having a job the entire time. There are plenty of scholarships to go around– scholarships for left-handed people, scholarships for duck calling contest winners, scholarships for little people, scholarships for amateur writers…. enough specialized scholarships to make your head spin, and they each come with a personal story of the individual who started it! Mr. Faulkner knows how hard it is to achieve a 3.0 at a school of Georgia Tech’s stature. Any person can donate any amount of their own money to start a scholarship program for students of any criteria that they feel is important. Lets face it, when comes to the astronomical (and rising) rates of college tuition these days, you don’t have to be on welfare to need help paying for it…. coming from a white female from a middle class family.


March 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Thanks for posting this……I needed some cheering up when it comes to education these days. Good for Mr. Faulkner!!

Future Teacher

March 23rd, 2010
3:15 pm

That’s really nice of Mr. Faulkner. Now, here’s where every will hate me. I went to GT, lost HOPE, busted my behind, and got HOPE back a year later. It is possible. GT is super-hard and some majors are harder than others, but as someone from a super-hard major, it’s possible to do. FYI, I worked close to full-time hours while in school. Let’s not use the “GT is tough. That’s why I lost HOPE.” thing to excuse ourselves all the time. We knew what we were doing when we chose to go to Tech.

Tech Alum, too

March 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

I’m like Tech Alum@ 12:47pm — I too had HOPE and lost it after my first year (2.3), but was able to bust my hump each and everyday working along the way to get it back and finish with a 3.2.

This is a great opportunity for kids who don’t acclimate well or stumble out of the gate. Kudos to Mr. Faulkner and his family — there will be many outstanding members of the Tech community to come through this foundation.

And what a shame that the class- and race-baiters have to make an appearance on this blog entry. This is a good story about someone who is giving back to his community (which happens to be Tech). As far as I’m concerned, once a student steps onto that campus they are their own person able to make their own life. Their race or the income of their parents shouldn’t be an issue. I say mind your business and be happy for the young adults that receive some help from a private foundation.


March 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

As a middle class child….I had to pay my own way.( undergrad and grad) I would have appreciated any help and we should applaud those who leave money for students who need it. We never know family situations that prevent parents from helping their children. Thank God for schools, like LaGrange College, who look at the whole needs of the student not just family income.


March 23rd, 2010
6:15 pm

I have a 3rd year at GT who has kept the HOPE with a current 3.5 GPA. It has not been easy but he knows how to study and organize his time well. Thank you to the Faulkners for putting their money to such a great cause. Sometimes all one needs is a helping hand at the right time.

Ole Guy

March 24th, 2010
8:51 pm

Tech Alums All, you guys are awesome. I took a few engineering courses, among the vast array of “gentlemens’ fingerpainting courses” at Univ of Fun and Games. While the major accomplishments of my collegiate years pretty much centered on the ability to consume vast volums of hooch and somehow manage to remain conscious during exams, if I had had to contend with the steady diet of academe of GT flavor, I’d had been in serious trouble!

Inasmuch as you, like many 1st year college students on HOPE, experienced academic difficulties in spite of your high school GPAs…do you have any suggestions as to the need to bolster high school-level academics in order to better prep students for college rigor? Besides being an expensive way for the 1st year student to face reality, the loss and subsequent recoupment of HOPE funding does represent a wastage of precious dollars.

“Ah…low flybys at Tech games…I have no idea what you’re talking, sir…must have been radio malfunction”!


March 25th, 2010
11:29 am

Out of state students pay exactly 4 times as much for tuition as in state students. There is no immediate reward for achieving a measly 3.0 gpa. While it requires effort to get a 3.0 at tech, it does not at most other schools, so long as you are willing to put up a mediocre class attendance and not christmas tree your finals. I am an out of state student with a 3.72 gpa, and I pay nearly 30,000 a year to attend school with no “need based” assistance. I didn’t get a doggy bone when I passed the 3.0 line, nor would I have gotten a job offer with a gpa like that at graduation. Georgia students need a dose of reality and realize that a 3.0 is not good enough to deserve free education.


March 25th, 2010
12:02 pm

Nonetheless, congratulations to Mr. Faulkner for his selfless giving to students at TECH. It is charitable alumni like Mr. Faulkner to show what a great institution TECH truly is.

Tech alum and employee

March 25th, 2010
3:35 pm

Yes, I am a white, middle-aged male, and guess what? I was the first in my family to attend college. I went to GT and earned a respectable GPA in engineering, but there was no HOPE at all during my days, and very few scholarships. So, I went through the CO-OP program, alternating terms of school and work. Graduated in 5 years, had a degree and owed zero to anyone. Plus, I had 21 months of practical work experience related to my major.
Students should look at co-op and other types of experiential education programs!!

GT Freshman Parent

March 25th, 2010
11:31 pm

As a GT Freshman parent I would applaud Mr. Faulkner and his family for he realizes the economic situation many from Georgia face with the loss of HOPE. My student/CHILD after taking a 15 hour load this past fall fell under the magic threshold 3.0. This after taking classes such as calculus, chemistry etc. that my student summed up as “We left everything I had learned behind the first week.” Even at this he battled back during the semester to about a 3.4 before finals. Unfortunately and not because of lack of effort he fell short of a B in two subjects by a total of 4 to 5 points after finals, that is total not each! This will cost us financially,but if it benefits my child to graduate from this institution, and I believe it will, then so be it! Academic standards can and should be raised in Georgia Schools. This can happen if State and Local Administrations and governments will stop yielding to socio/political whinings and instead step up to encourage and if needed demand more at local levels. In closing the lottery is a two edged sword that helps and yet hinders. Think about it this way are we as a State requiring much to gain HOPE or do we require that many gain HOPE! My student continues to have some struggles this Spring and even if Hope is lost, our eternal Hope shall not be forfeit! Thanks again to the Faulkner Family. GO TECH!