Each year at Hope College up to sixty Distinguished Artist Award (DAA) scholarships are given to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing. Renewable for four years, the DAA's provide eligible students with $2,500 each year toward their college costs. DAA recipients also take part in a variety of opportunities set up to increase their creative experience and technical knowledge in their chosen field. Awards are announced in March of the student's senior year, and a student may receive up to two (2) DAA awards, although this is less common.
Awards in the Visual Arts
Application requirements: Up to 15 high quality 35mm slides representative of outstanding work and diversity in any medium. Slides are required - actual works will not be accepted.
Eligibility: Students are expected to maintain a 2.60 grade point average and enroll in a minimum of one studio art or art history course each semester.
Contact: Ms. Kristin Underhill, Department of Art
Awards in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and enroll in a minimum of one creative writing course per academic year.
Contact: Sarah Baar, Coordinator, DAA in Creative Writing, Department of English
Awards in Dance
Auditions are held on select dates during the student's senior year. Auditions include a campus tour, lunch with dance students, a master audition class, and dance and admissions information sessions.
Applicants must also submit a headshot, letter of recommendation, and one-page essay (describing why the prospective student dances and why they want to attend/dance at Hope College) when they arrive for their audition.
Eligibility: Students must intend to declare a minor or major in dance.
Contact: Stephanie Brumels, Dance Visit Coordinator
Awards in all Instruments and Voice
Application requirements: Students should be prepared to play or sing 10 minutes of music. Accompanists may be arranged, provided sufficient advance notice is given. Please consult the Music Audition Information for more detailed information.
Eligibility: Available to any entering student interested in pursuing music at Hope College; preference is given to prospective music majors and minors.
Contact: Kathy Waterstone, Administrative Assistant, Department of Music
Awards in Theatre
Application requirements: Audition and/or design-technical portfolio presentation. Students unable to attend the on-campus audition should contact the theatre department for other options, including either an alternate audition date or a videotaped audition.
Eligibility: Students must minor or major in theatre.
Contact: Professor Michelle Bombe, Department of Theatre