The Georgia Senate debated the qualifications to become a Zell Miller scholar this afternoon while discussing House Bill 131, which accords high school students who take dual enrollment college classes the same .5 boost in their final grade that Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate students now earn.
Ultimately, the Senate approved the grade boost for dual enrollment, but voted 33-15 against against an amendment to change how the Zell Miller Scholarship is calculated so that more rural Georgia students would qualify.
Only one group of Georgia college students — those who graduated high school with a 3.7 or higher GPA and scored at least 1200 on the math and reading portions of the SAT test or a 26 on the ACT – now earn full tuition under the changes made to the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship. These students are known as Zell Miller Scholars. Zell Miller is also extended to all high school valedictorians and salutatorians.
State Sen. Jason Carter,