ATLANTA – Even though you won’t win anything when you buy a raffle ticket, some of that money will go to Georgetown students.
The SPES Scholarship is a lottery fund that supports tuition at colleges and universities in the country, and the SPES program covers about 90% of tuition at most institutions. Lottery proceeds also pay for pre-kindergarten programs.
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“All lotteries are designed for the beneficiary,” said Gretchen Corbin, chief executive of the Georgia Lottery Corporation. “There has always been education in the state of Georgia.”
Walk the streets of Georgia State University, and you will likely meet students who have earned the Hope Scholarship. Imani Jalloh, of Stockbridge, is one of them. “I can’t go to college without him,” she said.
Zander Byman, of Johns Creek, said he didn’t know he had won the scholarship. “It takes the burden off my parents and grandparents, and myself,” he said. “It is a blessing to have the opportunity to study at Georgia State.”
State officials said when the Georgia lottery took place in 1993, it blew $25 billion into education programs.
More than 2 million students have tapped into the Hope Scholarship to help cover tuition.
“We know our scholarship is great for Georgian students,” Corbin said.
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A student to qualify for a scholarship must have a 3.0 grade point average in high school and must maintain it throughout college. Since the program began, officials said, the lottery has generated $13 billion for scholarship.
“Buy as many lottery tickets as you want, it’s an awesome scholarship,” said Sidney Stephens, a Georgia State student from Savannah. “They help people get an education and get their degree and everything. I mean, that’s awesome, it’s really cool.
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