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Both of these are required for students to be eligible for the

HOPE/Zell Miller Scholarships.

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HOPE Scholarship

HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement.


A Hope Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible.


The scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia. 

The HOPE Scholarship covers 90% of a students tuition cost per full-time semester.

Zell Miller Scholarship

Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents, similar to the HOPE Scholarship, but with more stringent academic requirements and a higher level of tuition assistance.


Eligible recipients must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with:  


  • minimum SAT score of 1,200 on the math and reading portions


  • a minimum composite ACT score of 26 in single national test administration.


The Zell Miller Scholarship provides 100% tuition assistance per full-time semester.

HOPE Rigor Requirements

In order to qualify for the HOPE Scholarship, students must complete a minimum of 4 Rigor Courses prior to graduation.

The following courses offered at Pickens High School meet the rigor requirements. A student is required to have 4 or more of these course to be eligible for the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship.

  • Any Advanced Placement (AP) course

  • Any Move On When Ready (MOWR) course

  • Advanced Algebra or Algebra II

  • Advanced Mathematical Decision Making

  • Calculus

  • Accelerated CCGPS Pre-Calculus

  • Pre-Calculus

  • Human Anatomy/Physiology

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Forensic Science

  • French II and III

  • Spanish II and III

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