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State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

State tax credit program raises $50M for scholarships

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Revenue stamped its approval on $50 million in donations under the Georgia Scholarship Tax Credit Program.

The program lets people and businesses get tax credit for donations to scholarships for Georgia children to attend private schools.

Fifty million dollars is the most allowed under the program. In 2012, the statewide cap on donations will increase by the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index until 2018.

Individuals can donate up to $1,000, while married couples have a donation cap of $2,500. Corporations can donate up to 75 percent of their state income tax liability.

The American Federation for Children estimated more than 6,000 students last year got scholarships to attend private schools through the program.

Groups to ask Ga. Regents to reverse policy

Groups to ask Ga. Regents to reverse policy

ATLANTA -- Opponents of a policy that effectively bans illegal immigrants from Georgia's most competitive state colleges and universities are asking the university system to overturn it.

Two young people addressed a committee of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Tuesday. They argued that the policy unfairly excludes a whole group of students and is not well-founded.

Last year, the board adopted the policy amid public concerns about illegal immigrants in the university system. It bars any state college or university from admitting illegal immigrants if it has turned away academically qualified applicants in the prior two years. That includes five schools.

A coalition of groups opposing the policy also held a news conference Tuesday afternoon outside the Capitol to urge the Regents to rescind the policy.

Hall County participates in State Superintendant's healthy lunch program

Hall County participates in State Superintendant's healthy lunch program

ATLANTA – Bleckley, Colquitt and Hall counties were selected for the “Feed My School for a Week” program during the 2011-2012 school years. The program will teach Georgia students about where their food comes from making them more aware of the importance of proper nutrition.

According to the State Superintendant Dr. John Barge, “Georgia is second in the nation in childhood obesity. The Freed My School for a Week program is a great first step in raising students’ awareness of nutritional options as well as promoting healthier meals in our schools”.

The schools will be hosting a guest speaker, holding taste tests, and will hold an essay contest. During a one-week period, in the spring semester, all lunches served will consist of 75-100 percent Georgia grown food. State schools have been, progressively, attempting to integrate Farm-to-School meals.

Also, during the week, schools will hold additional educational activities and art contests. 

Brenau gains in ‘best value’ category of U.S. News & World Report

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Brenau University continued to score high in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of best colleges and universities in the nation and moved into 11th place in the Southeast in the magazine's "Great Schools, Great Prices" category that rates institutions for value they offer students.

The results of the magazine's seminal study of American higher education institutions put Brenau at 29th place making it only one of two Georgia institutions in the top regional universities category for the 11-state Southeastern region.

Brenau made it to the Top 15 in the best value category for the seventh consecutive year, moving from 12th place last year to 11th in this year's rankings.

The 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges publication will be on newsstands on Sept.

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

Nobel Prize winner to headline USG conference

ATLANTA -- Nobel Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus will be the keynote speaker at an economic development conference hosted by the University System of Georgia.

The Social Business and Microcredit conference will be held Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center.

Yunus won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work in microcredit, which is the extension of very small loans to those in poverty, with the goal of spurring entrepreneurship.

11-Year-Old Cumming Student is Top Finalist in "Tell Us Why Your Kid Rocks" Scholarship Contest

11-Year-Old Cumming Student is Top Finalist in "Tell Us Why Your Kid Rocks" Scholarship Contest

Eleven-year-old Vickery Creek Middle School student, Sarah Voskamp, is an author, an "A" student, an entrepreneur, and a volunteer, which is why her mother Kim entered her in the American Eagle 77Kids "Tell Us Why Your Kid Rocks" contest. The 77kids panel apparently agrees with Kim that Sarah rocks because she is one of the top 30 finalists from all across the U.S. and the only finalist from Georgia.

The winner of the contest will receive a $10,000 scholarship, $2,000 for their PTA and a $250 77kids gift card.