Innov High Educ (2018) 43:233–235 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10755-018-9435-1 Libby V. Morris Published online: 2 June 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 On March 23, 2018, former Georgia Governor Zell B. Miller, 86, left this world and stepped into the annals of history, leaving an unforgettable legacy of stories, actions, and outcomes. Beyond his books and political antics and fiery speeches, he likely will be best remembered for his impact on higher education in Georgia, and ultimately nationwide. In the early 1990s, in this Bible Belt state, he fought for and convinced the voters of Georgia to approve a state-wide lottery to provide merit-based scholarships for education. In the early years the scholarship provided full tuition and fees for academically eligible students to attend college. Thousands of students benefited and thus could forego massive loan debt to attend college. Three decades ago gambling was considered a serious vice by the law-abiding, church-going folks of Georgia; and Zell’s victory demonstrated his political prowess, his deep commitment to education, and his unwavering determination to make a difference for everyone. Zell Miller was born in Young Harris, a small town in north Georgia and the site of Young Harris College, a
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