/ Engineering Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

College involves more than taking classes. These academic and co-curricular activities cover a wide range of interests. Engineering students are active in the opportunities listed below and many others across campus.

S-STEM Scholarship Program

The NSF-funded S-STEM Scholarship Program at Hope College will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 per year (four years) for students with high financial need who plan to pursue an engineering degree. S-STEM Scholars will benefit from participation in an academic learning community that will feature a comprehensive program of community building and student support initiatives. Applications will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2021. Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2022, on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2022.

Program Features

Some highlights of the S-STEM Program at Hope College include: 

  • Summer Bridge Program S-STEM scholars will participate in the Summer Bridge Program during the two weeks preceding their first semester at Hope College. This program will be an exciting time for building friendships and for introducing students to college level work.
  • Academic Community Course Sequence S-STEM Scholars will build community and be challenged to excel academically by advancing together through a designated sequence of courses and Peer Partner Learning programs during their first two years.
  • Career Development Opportunities S-STEM Scholars will have the opportunity to apply for research and internship opportunities after their first and second years in the program.
  • Advising and Peer Mentoring S-STEM Scholars will receive regular and intentional academic and career advising from engineering faculty beginning in their first semester. Scholars will also be placed with peer mentors who will help them acclimate to college life and build successful habits.
  • Desire to pursue an engineering degree at Hope College
  • Minimum high school GPA 3.0
  • Minimum ACT math score of 24 or SAT math score of 580 (if test scores are not available, alternate demonstration of math proficiency will be accepted)
  • High financial need as determined by eligibility for Federal Pell Grants
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, nationals or refugees
How to Apply
  1. Submit your application for Hope College
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Apply for the scholarship


Engineering students typically participate in paid industrial internships during one or more summers over the course of their college career. Internships provide valuable hands-on training, broaden your view of engineering career options in industry, introduce you to an exciting network of people, and are a primary pathway to full-time employment upon graduation.

More internship information


Performing research with faculty is an excellent way to try out different engineering fields and see if graduate school would be interesting to you. About 35% of our students participate in research prior to graduation. This is a paid summer job that lets you immerse yourself in a specific topic, working closely with other students and your faculty mentor. Many students also perform research during the academic year, travel to present their work at national and international conferences, and contribute as authors on peer-reviewed journal articles. These experiences contribute to Hope students’ success in obtaining NSF Graduate Fellowships, exceeding rates from all engineering programs in Michigan and the Big Ten.

Summary of ongoing student-faculty collaborative research projects 

 Co-Curricular Activities

Engineers without Borders (EWB)
Engineers Without Borders working in AfricaHope College’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was established in 2005 as an opportunity for students to pair philanthropic desires with their engineering skills. From 2005 to 2012 the chapter partnered with a community in Nkuv, Cameroon, to address issues with overall water quality and accessibility. After successfully achieving this in Nkuv, the chapter established a partnership with a community of approximately 500 in Bondo, Kenya, in 2013. This community also lacks clean and sustainable water, and the student chapter is working to design and implement a solution for this engineering challenge.
Formula SAE
Hope College FSAE carEstablished in 2008, the Formula SAE team at Hope College designs and builds a formula-style race car based on a set of rules established by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International. Throughout the development of the car, the students are involved in all aspects of analysis and design and utilize a variety of skills from 3D modeling to welding and fabrication. The team first competed in the annual international competition in 2010, when it won the William C. Mitchell Award for Best Rookie Team. Visit the Formula SAE team on Facebook.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
A group of women engineersHope College’s student chapter of Society of Women Engineers was officially chartered in 2014 to support and encourage female engineering students. Chapter activities include social events, community outreach and professional development. Specifically, the group has organized engineering activities for girls age 5 through 12, traveled to Nashville for the SWE Annual Conference, gone ice skating and toured local manufacturing plants.
United Society of Diverse Engineers (USDE)
United Society of Diverse Engineers groupStudents of USDE also hold memberships in the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) or the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The focus of this Hope College group is to provide fellowship and professional development opportunities for underrepresented students in engineering.
Robotics Club

Robotics club students pose for a photo at the student activities fairThe Hope College Robotics Club is a self-defined club that organizes its projects around the interests of current members. Recent projects include making a small car out of training wheels and a motor scavenged from a printer and a catapult made from the frame of a fax machine. Every year, there is a day-long project of building a Rube Goldberg Machine. All projects involve mechanical, electrical and computer engineering skills and are a great opportunity to put your classroom knowledge to work. 

Double Majors/Minors

Many Hope students take advantage of the liberal arts environment and pursue second majors or minors in non-technical fields such as dance, English, studio art, economics, music, theater or a second language. There are many opportunities to study abroad for a course during the month of May, as well as full-semester experiences taking courses in another place. Other common options for dual majors or minors are physics, chemistry, computer science and math.


A significant number of Hope students participated in a high school sport prior to coming to college. There are always a fair number of engineers participating in Hope’s varsity sports such as basketball, volleyball, football, golf, track, swimming and cross country. For students not up to that level of commitment, intramural sports offer a fun way to continue playing a favorite sport or learn a new one. Options range from soccer and flag football to inner tube water polo.