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New scholarship likely to strain Hope program

ATLANTA (AP) - A newspaper reports that a new program that provides full tuition to Georgia's highest-achieving students is likely to be an even bigger drain on the Hope scholarship than some state officials expected.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Hope scholars could see their financial awards shrink even further than predicted over the next several years as a result.

Gov. Nathan Deal launched the Zell Miller Scholarship last year. The Georgia Student Finance Commission says thousands more students qualify this year for that scholarship than it had anticipated.

Commission president Tim Connell said the agency may have to borrow against future revenue from the Georgia Lottery to cover the cost.

Lawmakers have expressed concern. Republican state Sen. Buddy Carter says: "Hope is going to get worse before it gets any better."

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