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Monday seminar offers college scholarship information
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Parents and students alike will have the opportunity Monday to learn more about scholarships and grants that are available for future college students.

The opportunity has been arranged by administrators with the Spout Springs Branch of the Hall County Library Commission. The event was previously planned for a date in September, but it had to be rescheduled because recent floods prohibited the guest speaker from being able to reach the library.

The 6:30 p.m. program will be held at the library on Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will feature a representative from the Georgia Student Finance Commission. The group administers many programs including HOPE, Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally, which is funded through the Georgia Lottery. Since being created in the early 1990s, more than 1.4 million recipients have received awards totaling more than $3.9 billion.

"Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to attend, as are adult learners who want to start, complete or further their education," said Katy Hendricks, Spout Springs Library youth services assistant.

During the event, attendees will learn more about the various opportunities available through HOPE. In addition to the HOPE scholarship that is available for graduating high school seniors, there are also several financial aid opportunities for nontraditional and existing college students.

There are also options for students who are seeking a technical certificate or diploma.

The commission representative will also explain the college admissions process and answer questions from the audience related to planning for college.