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Muiderman Senior Award

The Muiderman Senior Award was established in 2007 to honor the Tony and Elly Muiderman's contribution to Hope College and to the community.

The $700 award is given annually to recognize one female and one male student majoring in economics, business, or accounting whose academic performance and overall contributions to Hope College and to the community reflect the high standards set by Tony and Elly Muiderman. 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5 p.m.

About the Muidermans

Tony Muiderman joined the Hope College faculty in 1977, specializing in business management and entrepreneurship. He was the faculty advisor to the Baker Scholars Program from 1978 through 2008. He developed the department's "Executive-in-Residence" program and jointly founded and directed the London May Term. Tony was given the "H.O.P.E." Award by the senior class in 1986. This annual award is given to the professor students feel epitomizes the best qualities of the Hope College educator.

Prior to Hope College, Tony taught at GVSU and GRCC as an adjunct professor. He also spent 25 years in manufacturing in executive positions. Tony earned his B.A. from Calvin College (1950), a BSE  from University of Michigan (1960) and MBA from Grand Valley State University (1977).

Elly Muiderman is one of the founding members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland (1986) and later served as a member of its Board of Directors.  She worked with other members of an inter-faith ecumenical council seeking ways to improve the quality of life in the core city.  She helped develop Kids Klub, the Community Development Center and the Ottawa County Youth Shelter initiative. Professionally, Elly was a social worker for 24 years and was named the "Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year" in 1999. Elly earned her B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon (1958) and MSW from the University of Michigan (1960).  

Tony and Elly are the grateful parents of three sons and one daughter, and have two grandchildren.

Award Application Requirements

To apply for the Muiderman Senior Award, you must:

  1. Be a senior in your final semester of college
  2. Be a declared major in economics, business, or accounting
  3. Have a 3.5 major GPA
  4. Have a 3.3 cumulative GPA
  5. Be a first-time applicant
Application Process

In order to be considered for the award, your completed application must be received by the Department of Economics and Business by Wednesday, March 14, at 5 p.m.

To apply for the award, please complete the following:

  1. Write a 500-word (maximum) essay in response to these questions:

    After reading the information above about Tony and Elly Muiderman, it is clear that they both lived lives of leadership and service.  Likewise, the mission of Hope College is to educate and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in a global society.  Leadership can be achieved in both small and large ways.

    To that end, describe your leadership and service activities to date. In what ways did others benefit? How did you benefit from the experience? What do you hope to accomplish personally and professionally after graduation? How will you evaluate or measure your personal success in serving others?

  2. Order a transcript as soon as possible and have it delivered by email to Doreen Tank, tank@hope.edu.

  3. Submit your updated resume with your essay to the Department of Economics and Business, Van Zoeren 185, by Wednesday, March 14, at 5 p.m.

The scholarship committee will consider the quality of your application essay, your academic performance and your contributions to Hope College and the community. These contributions should be included on tour resume. Recipients will be notified mid-April.

Contact for questions

Martha LaBarge, Professor of Accounting, labarge@hope.edu, ext. 7285.