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We are privileged to reward students for high school achievement, both in the classroom and on the stage.


Academic Awards

Your Common Application or Hope College Application (coming August 1) also serves as your application for academic scholarships at Hope. Academic scholarships are based on your cumulative GPA, SAT, ACT, or CLT scores, and course selection (based on what’s available at your school). Be sure to submit any new academic information for consideration by February 1 of your senior year.

We will superscore applicant test score submissions, including individual subject tests taken through the ACT, and you may qualify for one of these academic awards:

Scholarship Criteria

(for first-year students entering Fall 2020)

Scholarship Amount Requirements
Trustee Scholarship $24,000/year A faculty committee selects 30 of Hope’s top Presidential Scholars (see below) for this prestigious award.
National Merit Scholarship $24,000/year If you’re a National Merit Finalist and name Hope as your first choice, you’ll automatically qualify for this award.
Presidential Scholarship $13,000/year and up You are eligible for a Presidential Scholarship if you’ve achieved a 3.8 GPA and a 28 ACT or 1300 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math).
Distinguished Scholar Award $11,000/year and up You will qualify for the Distinguished Scholar Award if you’ve achieved a 3.6 GPA and a 26 ACT or 1230 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math).
Alumni Honors Scholarship $10,000/year You are eligible for an Alumni Honors Scholarship if you’ve achieved a 3.4 GPA and a 24 ACT or 1160 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math).
Anchor Award $5,000/year You will qualify for the Anchor Award if you’ve achieved a 3.2 GPA and a 22 ACT or 1100 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math).

Each of these scholarships is guaranteed through your sophomore year and renewable for your two remaining years if you maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (Presidential and higher awards) or cumulative GPA of 2.75 (Distinguished Scholar Award and lower).

Distinguished Artist Awards

Hope also honors talented artists in the areas of creative writing, dance, music, theater and the visual arts. You’ll need to audition or submit a portfolio. Each award is $3,000 per year, renewable for four years. Distinguished Artist Awards (DAAs) can be combined with an academic scholarship.

Creative Writing

Apply for the DAA in creative writing by submitting:

  • The application form (available in October), including:
      • A 500-word essay
      • A letter of recommendation
      • 10 typed pages of your creative writing

Applications for the Distinguished Artist Awards in Creative Writing are due Monday, January 6, 2020.

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to maintain a 3.0 GPA at Hope and enroll in at least one creative writing class each year.

Scholarship Coordinator

Alison Lechner

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You can apply for the DAA in Dance by attending one of the auditions and submitting the application form (available in October), which includes the following items:

  • Head shot (hair in bun)
  • A letter of recommendation from a current dance instructor
  • A one-page essay answering the question: “What is it about the dance program at Hope that interests and excites you?”

Audition dates are:

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Monday, February 17, 2020

Scholarship recipients will be notified the first week of March 2020.

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to maintain a 2.6 GPA, enroll in a minimum of two dance classes per semester, and participate in dance programming.

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Scholarship Coordinator

Stephanie Brumels

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Apply for the DAA in music by completing the application form (available in October) and attending an on-campus audition. We encourage you to audition in-person, but if that’s not possible, you may submit a pre-recorded audition.

Audition dates are:

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to be involved with the Department of Music.

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Scholarship Coordinator

Kathy Waterstone

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Apply for the DAA in theatre by submitting the application form (available in October) and auditioning on a DAA Scholarship Day. These full-day events include:

  • An audition
  • A tour of the department
  • An interview with faculty
  • A workshop with current students
  • Attendance at an evening performance

This year’s auditions are on Friday, November 15, 2019 and Friday, February 14, 2020. If you’re unable to attend, you may submit an audition video.

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to major or minor in theatre.

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Scholarship Coordinator

Prof. Michelle Bombe

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Visual Arts

You can apply for the DAA in the Visual Arts by submitting:

  • Your portfolio of slides or digital images
  • The application form (available in October)

Portfolio submissions for the Distinguished Artist Award are due Monday, January 20, 2020.

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to maintain a 2.60 GPA and enroll in at least one studio art or art history course per semester.

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Scholarship Coordinator

Kristin Underhill

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