Zel Miller is a respected American politician from Young Harris, Georgia who has been known to cross party lines. A member of the Democratic Party, Miller has conservative leanings which have provided him with the distinction of having spoken at both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. Zel Miller served as the lieutenant governor of Georgia from 1971 through 1991, then as the state’s governor from 1991 through 1999.
After leaving the governor’s mansion Miller became a United States Senator, a position he held from 2000 through 2005. Prior to retiring Miller worked as a government affairs specialist for a law firm, was elected to the board of directors of the National Rifle Association and has worked as a contributor for Fox News. Additionally, he has published 11 books and earned an honorary Doctor of Laws from Oglethorpe University. It was no surprise that Zel Miller had an affinity for politics since both of his parents were also politicians. His father was the mayor of Zel’s hometown and his mother served in the state senate of Georgia.
Education was always important to Miller and he was a professor at Young Harris College, Emory University, and the University of Georgia. In an attempt to give back to his home state, the Zel Miller Scholarship was established. The scholarship is available to students in the state of Georgia who plan on attending a college in the state.
The Zel Miller Scholarship seeks to alleviate some of the costs of higher education for students in Georgia who have demonstrated success in academics. Applicants for the scholarship must be attending an eligible Georgia high school where they have maintained a GPA of 3.7 or higher. The students must also score a combined 1200 on the SAT or a composite score of 26 or higher on the ACT. While in college the students must maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher. If their college GPA dips lower than 3.3. students can then apply for the Regular Hope Grant as long as they keep their GPA above 3.0.
The Zel Miller Scholarship provides full tuition, not including books and fees, for students who are selected while the Regular Hope Grant provides $5,775 towards tuition. Students who lose their eligibility fro the Regular Hope grant or the Zell Miller Scholarship are given one chance to regain eligibility. The scholarship is only available fro students attending a four-year university in Georgia, but it may be used for students enrolled in a Study Abroad program at a Georgia university or college.
Students applying for the summer semester must have their application submitted by July 17th, while students applying for the fall semester must apply by November 17th and students applying for the spring semester must apply by April 15th. Student are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, an online application, and a printable paper application. Questions should be directed to the school guidance counselor or to someone at the Georgia Student Finance Commission.