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Scholarship Renewal Criteria

If you’ve been awarded a scholarship, it’s important to know the criteria to renew it each year.

Scholarship recipients must be degree-seeking students enrolled full time. Annual award amounts are divided equally between the fall and spring semesters, cannot be used during any summer terms and may be used for no more than two semesters of off-campus study. 

Awards can be received for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. Additional details are listed below each award.

One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to any circumstances listed below each award. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility and are not available for use at a later time. Recipients who earn their degree in less than eight semesters are no longer eligible to receive the award. For students who qualify, need-based aid may replace all or a portion of forfeited merit-based scholarships.  

ANCHOR AWARD
  • Award is automatically renewed to students for their first and second years of attendance at Hope College regardless of college grade point average (GPA). 
  • At the end of the spring semester of the second and third years of attendance, recipients must have earned a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years.
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated above are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 2.75 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

ALUMNI HONORS SCHOLARSHIP
  • Award is automatically renewed to students for their first and second years of attendance at Hope College regardless of college grade point average (GPA). 
  • At the end of the spring semester of the second and third years of attendance, recipients must have earned a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years.
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated above are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 2.75 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

CBO SCHOLAR AWARD
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • This award, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year.

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

COVENANT SCHOLARSHIP
  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to SAP and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship offer represents the maximum amount of scholarship/grant assistance you may receive from ALL sources (both external and internal) during your enrollment at Hope College. Should you qualify to receive any other scholarships and/or grants (either external or internal) your Covenant Scholarship will be reduced to accommodate those funds. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

COVENANT INTERVIEW AWARD
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • This award, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year.

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

DISTINGUISHED ARTIST AWARD
  • At the end of each spring semester, recipients must have earned a minimum 2.6 cumulative GPA* along with continued involvement in that area of artistic achievement (as defined by the awarding department) to renew the award for the following years.
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated above are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 2.6 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD
  • Award is automatically renewed to students for their first and second years of attendance at Hope College regardless of college grade point average (GPA). 
  • At the end of the spring semester of the second and third years of attendance, recipients must have earned a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years.
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated above are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 2.75 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

HOPE FORWARD
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to SAP and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

HOPE HERITAGE AWARD
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • This award, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year.

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes.  

HOPE INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • This award, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year.

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

HOPE LEGACY AWARD
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • This award, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year.

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

HOPE RCA AWARD
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • This award, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year.

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

NATIONAL MERIT CORPORATION (NMC)

The National Merit Corporation (NMC) funds a portion of your total award and this portion of the award is noted as National Merit Scholarship on your financial aid award letter. Hope College funds the remainder of your award. The Hope College portion is called the National Merit Supplement and is noted as such on your award letter.

  • At the end of the first year of enrollment, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • At the end of the spring semester of the second and third years of attendance, recipients must have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years
  • Recipients whose cumulative GPA* is below 3.0 but at least 2.75 at the end of the spring semester of the second or third year will have their annual award reduced to $5,000 for the following year(s)
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 3.0 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP
  • At the end of the spring semester of the second and third years of attendance, recipients must have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years.
  • Recipients whose cumulative GPA* is below 3.0 but at least 2.75 at the end of the spring semester of the second or third year will have their annual award reduced to $5,000 for the following year(s)
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated above are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 3.0 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

ROAD TO HOPE AWARD
  • At the end of the spring semester, recipients must be meeting the terms of the financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. This policy requires students to progress toward their degree at an appropriate pace while achieving a minimal academic standard.  
  • Recipients who do not meet the terms of the SAP Policy are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the required cumulative GPA* and/or completion percentage at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to not meeting SAP. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • One semester of eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university.
  • This award, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year.

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

TRANSFER SCHOLAR AWARD

Transfer Scholar Award eligibility and renewal criteria are specific to each individual receiving this award. The eligibility and renewal criteria included in each student’s original award notice must be met to remain eligible for this award. 

  • At the end of each spring semester, recipients must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years. 
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated in their original award notice are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning the minimum cumulative GPA* at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHIP
  • At the end of the spring semester of the second and third years of attendance, recipients must have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years.
  • Recipients whose cumulative GPA* is below 3.0 but at least 2.75 at the end of the spring semester of the second or third year will have their annual award reduced to $5,000 for the following year(s)
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated above are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 3.0 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes. 

VALEDICTORIAN SCHOLARSHIP
  • At the end of the spring semester of the second and third years of attendance, recipients must have earned a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA* to renew the award for the following years.
  • Recipients who do not meet the GPA* criteria stated above are not eligible for renewal and forfeit their award.
  • Students whose awards are forfeited can regain eligibility by earning a cumulative GPA* of 2.75 or greater at the close of subsequent semesters. The annual award will be reinstated at the original amount.  
  • One semester of merit eligibility is forfeited for each semester the student is determined ineligible due to GPA* and for each semester the student does not enroll at Hope College while attending another college/university. Forfeited semesters are deducted from the eight total semesters of eligibility.
  • This scholarship, in combination with other resources (such as scholarships, grants, veterans benefits or employer-provided tuition benefits), may not exceed the college-determined cost of attendance for any given award year. 

*The Hope College GPA is the only GPA considered for these purposes.