Analysis: Georgia scholarship program has narrow reach
ATLANTA (AP) - An analysis shows Georgia's newest public scholarship is favoring students who live in Atlanta's affluent suburbs.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's analysis (http://bit.ly/zbelMB) on Sunday shows that those most likely to afford college without the state's financial help are benefiting the most from the Zell Miller Scholarship, which provides full tuition to college-bound students.
It found that students from low-income homes and the first in their families to attend college are least likely to get it.
The information was obtained through Georgia's Open Records Act.
The analysis also concluded that schools in Cobb, DeKalb, Fayette, Fulton and Gwinnett counties graduated almost half of the students eligible for the award.
Gov. Nathan Deal's spokesman Brian Robinson defended the scholarships. He said they "give every hardworking student a chance to go to college."
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
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