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Preliminary numbers indicate 55 percent of TBR's freshman HOPE recipients kept scholarship

Preliminary numbers indicate that after a full academic year, an average of 55 percent of fall 2004 freshmen who entered TBR institutions with HOPE scholarships and have completed 24 semester hours of work have retained their scholarships under the legislatively mandated rule of maintaining a 2.75 grade point average.

At the universities, 54 percent kept their scholarships, with a range from 57 percent at Middle Tennessee State University to 49 percent at East Tennessee State University. APSU boasts 54.62 percent of freshmen keeping their HOPE scholarships.
Preliminary numbers indicate that after a full academic year, an average of 55 percent of fall 2004 freshmen who entered TBR institutions with HOPE scholarships and have completed 24 semester hours of work have retained their scholarships under the legislatively mandated rule of maintaining a 2.75 grade point average.

At the universities, 54 percent kept their scholarships, with a range from 57 percent at Middle Tennessee State University to 49 percent at East Tennessee State University. APSU boasts 54.62 percent of freshmen keeping their HOPE scholarships.

At the community colleges, 58 percent kept their scholarships, with a range from 71 percent at Motlow State Community College to 46 percent at Pellissippi State Community College.

According to TBR Chancellor Charles Manning, “These preliminary numbers look a little better than we were expecting based on Georgia's first-year experience of 50 percent of students losing their scholarships. We urged our institutions to take special steps to assist students in keeping their lottery scholarships, and they all did so. This seems to have paid off, although these are preliminary numbers, and we may see further losses in the end.

“We're certainly sorry so many students did not keep their scholarships, but the important thing for them to remember is that this doesn't have to mean the end of their educationthere are many other ways to pay for college, and we hope the large majority of these students will return to school in the fall. Our institutions are certainly doing everything they can to assist and encourage students who have lost their lottery scholarships.”