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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 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.

Don’t hesitate to send your test scores! You’ll always receive the highest award for which you are eligible, whether it be based on your GPA only or with your test scores.

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 2022)

Amount GPA Only GPA with Test Scores
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.
Trustee Scholarship $24,000/year Test Score Required 3.95+ GPA with 34+ ACT, 1490+ SAT, or 103+ CLT
Presidential Scholarship $13,000/year and up 3.95+ GPA 3.8+ GPA with 28+ ACT, 1300+ SAT, or 86+ CLT
Distinguished Scholar Award $11,000/year and up 3.8+ GPA 3.6+ GPA with 26+ ACT, 1230+ SAT, or 81+ CLT
Alumni Honors Scholarship $10,000/year 3.6+ GPA 3.4+ GPA with 24+ ACT, 1160+ SAT, or 76+ CLT
Anchor Award $5,000/year 3.4+ GPA 3.2+ GPA and 22+ ACT, 1100+ SAT, or 72+ CLT

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 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. Most awards are $3,000 per year, renewable for four years. Most Distinguished Artist Awards (DAAs) can be combined with an academic scholarship.

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Creative Writing

Apply for the DAA in Creative Writing by submitting:

  • The application form, including:
      • A short essay about your reading and writing
      • A sample of your creative writing (fiction, poetry and/or creative nonfiction) — 10 typed pages
      • A letter of recommendation from someone who knows you as a student and/or as a writer

Applications for the Distinguished Artist Awards in Creative Writing must be received by midnight, January 29, 2023. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early March 2023.

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to maintain a 2.6 GPA at Hope and enroll in at least one creative writing class each year.

To apply for a Distinguished Artist Award in Creative Writing, you’ll also need to submit a completed application for admission to Hope College.

Scholarship Coordinator

Michelle VanDenend
616.395.7590
vandenend@hope.edu

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Dance

To apply for the DAA in Dance, you will need to submit the application form, including:

  • 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?”

Applications and auditions for the Distinguished Artist Awards in Dance are due February 21, 2022.

All auditioners will be notified in early March. 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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To apply for a Distinguished Artist Award in Dance, you’ll also need to submit a completed application for admission to Hope College.

Scholarship Coordinator


dance@hope.edu

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Music

Apply for the DAA in music by completing the application form.

Applications and auditions for the Distinguished Artist Awards in Musicare dueFebruary 19, 2022.

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to be involved with the Department of Music while a student at Hope.

To apply for a Distinguished Artist Award in Music, you’ll also need to submit a completed application for admission to Hope College.

Scholarship Coordinator

Kathy Waterstone
616.395.7650
waterstone@hope.edu

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Theatre

Apply for the DAA in theatre by completing the application form.

Applications for the Distinguished Artist Awards inTheatreare dueFebruary 21, 2022.

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

To apply for a Distinguished Artist Award in Theatre, you’ll also need to submit a completed application for admission to Hope College.

Scholarship Coordinator

Prof. Michelle Bombe
616.395.7600
bombe@hope.edu

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Visual Arts

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

  • The application form, including your portfolio of digital slides/images

Applications for the Distinguished Artist Award are due February 1, 2022.

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.

To apply for a Distinguished Artist Award in Visual Art, you’ll also need to submit a completed application for admission to Hope College.

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Scholarship Coordinator

Kristin Underhill
616.395.7500
underhill@hope.edu

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FAQs

What is the easiest scholarship to get? ›

Top easy scholarships in 2022
  • Scholarships360 $1,000 No-Essay Scholarship.
  • $2,000 Nitro College Scholarship – No Essay.
  • Niche $50,000 “No Essay” Scholarship.
  • $40,000 BigFuture Scholarships.
  • CollegeXpress Fall Flavor Giveaway.
  • $2,500 Christian Connector Scholarship.
  • $2,000 College Repayment Grant.

When should you start applying for scholarships? ›

When do I apply for scholarships? That depends on each scholarship's deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you're in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years.

How do I find scholarships for college? ›

Where to Look for College Scholarships
  1. CareerOneStop.org. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop.org is a database of over 8,000 scholarship, grant and fellowship opportunities. ...
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What GPA do you need to qualify for a scholarship? ›

Students who hold a GPA between 3.5 to 4.0 typically stand out the most to institutions awarding academic scholarships. Since many students may receive high GPAs, colleges often grant scholarships to those who meet other criteria in addition to having a high GPA.

Which scholarship gives the most money? ›

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was established in 2000 after Bill and Melinda Gates gave the UK university the largest-ever single donation of its kind, in the amount of $210 million.

How many scholarship can I apply? ›

You can apply for as many scholarships as you want to but can avail only one. This condition of availing a scholarship may vary from provider to provider.

Which country is easy to get scholarship? ›

China is the easiest to apply these days. The Chinese Government and universities provide fully funded scholarships to international students. These scholarships cover all your cost of staying and studying in China.

Which country gives full scholarship? ›

Germany. A particularly popular country for admission among students from all over the world. No wonder: In Germany almost all universities are free of charge and the country's largest scholarship fund — DAAD — provides a scholarship to cover living expenses.

Is it too late to apply for scholarships for Fall 2022? ›

It's Never Too Late!

Since scholarship deadlines happen throughout the year, it is never too late (or too early!) to get started. There are a lot of opportunities out there, so starting the process now increases your child's odds of finding the funds they need to graduate from college debt free.

Do I apply for scholarships after I get accepted? ›

You don't need to wait until you've made your final decision about your school to apply. But don't worry if you missed out on some of the earliest scholarship applications. There are lots of scholarship opportunities out there, all with different deadlines.

Do scholarships need to be repaid? ›

Scholarship money does not have to be paid back as it is not a loan. They come in the form of grants, tuition waivers and fellowships. Scholarship is a wonderful approach to assist students in getting through their education―usually higher education.

Why are scholarships so hard to find? ›

The diversity of reasoning that goes into giving money away creates a confusing network of opportunities for students to sift through on the internet. Furthermore, the many inconsistent algorithmic interpretations of language on internet search engines and databases make this process even harder.

How hard is it to get scholarships? ›

Applying for a scholarship is easy. Getting a scholarship, on the other hand, is hard. As a matter of fact, only about one out of eight college students wins a scholarship, says a 2020 Forbes report. The media company adds that less than one percent of college students win $25,000 or more per year.

Where can I find scholarships that no one applies for? ›

One good place to look for scholarships is on the Financial Aid Finder Scholarship Announcement Blog. Every Friday, the site lists several scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines. Nearly all of the scholarships are nationwide opportunities, so you should be eligible for many, if not most, of them.

What is the easiest country to get a scholarship? ›

TOP Countries That Are The Easiest To Get A SCHOLARSHIP In - Education - Nairaland
  • Germany. A particularly popular country for admission among students from all over the world. ...
  • France. ...
  • Italy. ...
  • Czech Republic. ...
  • Hungary. ...
  • China.

How easy is it to get a scholarship? ›

Applying for a scholarship is easy. Getting a scholarship, on the other hand, is hard. As a matter of fact, only about one out of eight college students wins a scholarship, says a 2020 Forbes report. The media company adds that less than one percent of college students win $25,000 or more per year.

Which countries are easy to get a scholarship? ›

Germany. A particularly popular country for admission among students from all over the world. No wonder: In Germany almost all universities are free of charge and the country's largest scholarship fund — DAAD — provides a scholarship to cover living expenses.

What is the easiest scholarship for international students? ›

The Easiest Scholarships For International Students
  • Fulbright Scholarships | Scholarships For International Students. ...
  • Chevening Scholarships | Scholarships For International Students. ...
  • Australia Awards Scholarships | Scholarships For International Students.
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