How do I become a Phelps Scholar?
Complete a short application form that emphasizes two questions:
Who should apply to be Phelps Scholar?
Anyone who is interested! We seek a diverse group of students, so we encourage applications from African-Americans, Asian-Americans, European-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native Americans, as well as international students from around the world.
Is there a scholarship for students who become Phelps Scholars?
No. Students in the program are called scholars because of their commitment to high academic standards and to the exploration of an important social issue, not because they are receiving a special scholarship. We do encourage potential Phelps Scholars to apply for other scholarships for which they are eligible. The Financial Aid Office can provide you with more information.
Is the Phelps Scholars Program an Honors Program?
Yes and no. Phelps Scholars do participate in a special program, with special opportunities and high expectations for success. However, the Phelps Scholars Program is open to all students who meet the regular admissions criteria of Hope College, not just those with the very best academic records.
What are the expectations the college has of its Phelps Scholars?
Why is this the Phelps Scholars Program?
Philip Phelps was the first president of Hope College. More than 125 years ago, President Phelps knew that Hope would be a better college if students had an opportunity to meet a wide variety of different people. As a result, he took steps to diversify the student body in significant ways. His commitment lives on in the program that now bears his name.