STEM students get grade boost for HOPE scholarship

COBB COUNTY, Ga. —  Starting this fall, Georgia college students who take demanding…

Georgia (Mar 21, 2016)COBB COUNTY, Ga. — 


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Starting this fall, Georgia college students who take demanding courses in science, technology, engineering and math will get a boost in their final grade score.

State lawmakers passed a new provision for Hope scholarship qualifications.

The change will provide a half point increase in their grade point average. Currently, students must maintain a 3.0 average to qualify for the scholarship.The boost would apply to grades of B, C, and D.

Several students majoring in math and science at Kennesaw State University told Channel 2's Tom Regan they appreciated the extra hand when it comes to their grades.

"It sounds awesome. I would be grateful to have some extra help. Some of the classes are very hard," said math major Cayla Franzman.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit