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Hope College Scholarships for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics

Hope College is offering eight scholarships for students transferring from a community college who are planning to complete a major in science, engineering, or mathematics.

Qualifications: These scholarships are open to students who have completed two years of study at a community college, who are United States citizens or permanent residents.

Criteria: The following are the selection criteria that will be used for these scholarship:

  1. Preparation to enter study in one of the science disciplines at Hope College.
  2. Intention to complete a degree in one of the science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry Computer Science, Engineering, Geological and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics). This includes programs with these majors that prepare for secondary education and pre-health professions.
  3. Demonstrated financial need.

Benefits: Recipients of the S-STEM Scholarship will be awarded the following:

  1. A scholarship in the amount of their demonstrated financial need up to a maximum of $10,000 per year for two years, as long as the are enrolled at Hope full time, maintain their GPA and continue to pursue a Science, Engineering or Mathematics major. This scholarship will be in addition to any other aid the recipient might receive. All transfer students may qualify for a $5,000 per year merit scholarship.
  2. A paid summer research position at Hope College during the summer before enrolling at Hope.
  3. S-STEM Scholarship recipients will be able to participate in a number of special activities to assist in making a successful transition to Hope, including a special orientation session, additional faculty advising and counseling, and access to peer mentors.
  4. STEM Scholars will also have additional opportunities to learn about career options through special presentations and networking events with professionals in science, engineering and mathematics fields.

How do I apply?

  1. Apply for admission to Hope College.
  2. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Hope College Supplemental Application for Financial Aid (SAF). (Between January 1 and February 14.)
  3. Complete an S-STEM Transfer Student Scholarship contact information form before February 14.
  4. Ask a science or mathematics instructor or mentor to submit a letter describing your promise as a future scientist, engineer or mathematician.  This should be a faculty member at your school, prefererably in a science or mathematics field, who is able to evaluate your ability to succeed at Hope College. You may ask more than reference to send a letter.

    The letter should be recieved by Dr. Mader by February 14. (Have the letter e-mailed to or send a paper copy to the address below).

    Catherine Mader
    Department of Physics
    Hope College
    Holland MI 49423

  5. Please submit an essay that describes your academic, intellectual, and career goals, any experiences you have had that have contributed to setting and meeting those goals, and how you see this scholarship and attending Hope College helping you meet those goals. The essay should be received by Professor Catherine Mader by February 14. (Have the letter e-mailed to or send a paper copy to the address above)
  6. If you are admitted to Hope College, you will be contacted to set up a scholarship interview. Interviews will be conducted either in person on campus or by telephone.
  7. If you wish to participate in summer research, you must select a project and complete an application through the SHARP system by no later than February 14. If you fail to do this you may be ineligible to participate in summer research though it will have not affect your eligibility for a scholarship. Be sure to mention in your essay for the SHARP system that you are also applying for an S-STEM scholarship.

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