The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided major support for a series of programs and initiatives in the arts and humanities at Hope College and the community of Holland, Michigan.

The Mellon Community-based Partnerships Initiative

The Mellon Community-based Partnerships Initiative, launched in 2020, connects, in the words of Hope College President Matthew A. Scogin, two of the college’s priorities: “providing outstanding, transformational learning experiences for our students, and serving as a resource for the community that is home not only for Hope but many of us who work here. At a time when our world is characterized by discord, this grant will provide an opportunity for Hope and our community to focus on finding harmony in our diversity.”

The Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative

The Mellon Grand Challenges Initiative, which began in 2017, has developed curricular pathways across disciplines and has also provided faculty-student research opportunities on themes such as disability, environmental sustainability, global feminisms, immigration and racial equity.

The Mellon Scholars Program

The Mellon Scholars Program, launched in 2010 and expanded in 2013, integrates technology, experiential education and faculty-student collaborative research, extending a teaching model for which the college was already nationally acclaimed in the natural and applied sciences and social sciences.

Mellon Initiatives Leadership