Graduating Hope College senior Alex Mouw of Holland is one of only 10 young scholars nationwide to receive an award through the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program for graduate studies beginning this fall.

The Lilly Graduate Fellowship Program supports the graduate studies of exceptionally well qualified young men and women who have undergraduate degrees from schools in the Lilly Fellows Program Network and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States.  Over a three-year period, the Fellows, along with two senior mentors, communicate and collaborate with each other in areas of research, teaching and professional development.  Lilly Graduate Fellows also receive three annual $3,000 stipends for use at their discretion.

Mouw, who majored in classical studies, English and history at Hope and participated in the college’s graduation exercises on Sunday, May 4, has been accepted into the MFA program at Purdue University.

In the fall of 2013, he was one of two Hope students—and one of only 15 students nationwide—to be named a semi-finalist in poetry in the Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards competition.  His activities at the college included Klesis (Greek for “calling”), which is a program for students interested in discerning their vocation and calling; and the college’s Lilly Scholars program, which promotes theological dialogue among students from a variety of disciplines.  Across his time at Hope, he also participated in the Vienna Summer School, served as a resident assistant and was a member of the Jazz Ensemble.  He is a 2010 graduate of Holland Christian High School, and is the son of Richard and Cindy Mouw of Holland.