If you are a Georgia resident and receive the HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship, we’ve put together some helpful resources just for you!
Access our HOPE 101 Canvas course. After following this link and logging in to Canvas, click “Enroll in Course.” Note that this is not a course for any form of academic credit; clicking “enroll” will give you access to browse HOPE resources via Canvas at your convenience.
All HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship recipients are encouraged to add the HOPE 101 course to your Canvas account!
- Check your HOPE GPA by visiting the My College HOPE Profile feature of gafutures.org.
- Learn more about state scholarships and grants from Mercer’s Office of Student Financial Planning.
- Find up-to-date details about the HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarships on the GA Futures website, including the official directory of STEM courses that qualify for an additional weight in your HOPE GPA.
- Connect with Academic & Advising Services, the Academic Resource Center, or your assigned academic advisor for support & guidance in achieving your academic potential! Always consult with your advisor in designing academic plans throughout your Mercer career.
Plug in your current and anticipated course grades to the Quick-Calc Worksheet in order to help understand how your grades will impact your HOPE GPA. Keep in mind that this worksheet is a tool to understand how calculations work; this worksheet does not provide an official calculation. Visit gafutures.org and log in to your account to access your HOPE GPA.
The HOPE Replacement Scholarship (HRS), a resource offered by Mercer University, empowers students to continue working toward academic success without the immediate financial burden of losing the Georgia HOPE Scholarship (GA HOPE).
HRS is available to Mercer students who are otherwise GA HOPE eligible (see gafutures.org for details) but whose HOPE GPA falls slightly below the GA HOPE minimum. HRS provides a temporary means of financial support while you work to return your HOPE GPA to GA HOPE eligibility. This scholarship provides funding equivalent to the semester amount of the GA HOPE Scholarship. A student may receive HOPE Replacement for up to two semesters (fall and spring only).
Students eligible for the HOPE Replacement Scholarship will be notified of their eligibility by the Office of Student Financial Planning. Students must also complete all of the Canvas course requirements in order to earn the replacement scholarship after being notified of their eligibility.
- HOPE GPA of 2.5 to 2.9 (at the point of a HOPE benchmark)
- Full-time residential undergraduate student on the Macon campus
- Must meet all HOPE Scholarship eligibility requirements (except GPA requirement)
Eligibility is determined by the Office of Student Financial Planning. No application is necessary; eligible students are notified by Financial Planning over the summer.
Recipients of HRS are required to complete HOPE Replacement Scholarship online training through Canvas. The training takes approximately one hour to complete, excluding time spent on assignments. Deadlines are published on Canvas.
The training includes the following components, each of which contains a quiz and/or assignment:
- GA HOPE eligibility information
- Goal-setting tools to support academic success
- Campus resource information and engagement
For students who are awarded HRS beginning in the fall semester, Canvas training deadlines are in September. For students who are awarded HRS beginning in the spring semester, Canvas training deadlines are in February.
Additionally, recipients of HRS who earn a HOPE GPA below 3.0 during their first semester receiving HRS will be required to meet with a staff member in the Office for Student Success within the first 6 weeks of the following semester.
Eligible students are required to submit an electronic agreement to the above terms in order to receive HRS; the Office of Student Financial Planning notifies students who are eligible. Additionally, students must complete all assignments within the HOPE Replacement Canvas course in order to receive the scholarship.
Contact your financial aid counselor if you have questions about your financial aid estimate.