The beginning of a life-long journey with a learning community, grounded in faith, working to bring Hope to the world.
The Big Idea
College has gotten too expensive. Hope College is doing something about it. Our long-term ambition is that every single student who comes through Hope receives tuition fully-funded up front. Graduates will then pay it forward: commit to donating to Hope College so future students can have the same transformational experience.
This is an entirely new way of thinking about funding college.
- Your college education into preparation to pursue impact, not income to pay off student debt
- Your college experience into a relationship based on gratitude and generosity, not a transaction between an organization and its customers
- Your college costs from bill-paying into generous giving
HOW IT WORKS
Forty students with big hearts, open minds and a God-given passion to bring Hope to the world will:
- Receive a Hope College education with tuition fully-funded by the generous gifts of others
- Participate in the Hope Forward cohort — to prepare yourself and other Hope Forward students to pursue lives of impact in the world
- As alumni, graduates of this program will commit to paying it forward — donating to Hope College so that future students can have the same transformational experience
Apply to Hope Forward
- Submit your Application for Admission to Hope College
- This includes the application and your official high school transcript
- Submit the Application for Hope Forward
- 1 required essay (prompt included in application)
- 1 letter of recommendation (instructions in application)
- Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above
- GENERAL INFORMATION
- The Hope Forward Program equips students to bring hope to the world by pursuing a life of positive impact. The program will provide experiences for learning, reflection and growth focused on the three pillars of Hope Forward — community, access and generosity. As a community of learners, the cohort will attend seminars, take a course together, and participate in retreats and service learning.
- Students can expect to commit 5–10 hours a month to the Hope Forward Program, with programming spanning the duration of a student's college experience. Students are also highly encouraged to complete one semester of off-campus study.
- PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
- Some highlights of the Hope Forward program include dinner with the president, off-campus retreats, the development of a portfolio, mentorship and active participation in campus-wide traditions like One Big Weekend, Time to Serve and Day of Giving.
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
- Participation in the Hope Forward Program does not inhibit participation in other programs (Phelps Scholars, Day 1 Watershed, athletics, dance, etc… ).
- The Hope Forward Program is not a living-learning community. Students may live in any residential housing unit of their choice/assignment.
- We hope students graduate from the program with a commitment to:
- Be a lifelong learner active in their communities
- Engage with areas of hopelessness out of a personal hope and abundance
- Generously give to create positive impact locally, globally and at Hope College
Associate Director of Admissions
Bekkering Admissions Office69 East 10th StreetHolland, MI 49423