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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423
phone: 616.395.7620
fax: 616.395.7134


The Distinguished Artist Award in Creative Writing

The Distinguished Artis Award in Creative Writing is for high school seniors who intend to register at Hope College the Fall of their first year at college. The awards are scholarships for $2500 per year, renewable for four years, if the recipient maintains a 3.0 grade point average and enrolls in a creative writing class each year at Hope.

The awards are very competitive—we offer only six each year, so inevitably some very good writers are disappointed. But we think there is value in applying even for those who are not selected, since it gives faculty a chance to get to know them and their work before they arrive on campus and begin taking creative writing courses here.

Below is an application for the award. The writing sample and 500-word essay are the most important factors in the selection process. Your previous academic record is not as important as your future promise and ability to express yourself with words.

Please don’t hesitate to call the English department office (616.395.7620) or Ernest Cole, Chair of the English Department (616.395.7623), if you have any questions.

Click here for the application form

Comments from previous recipients

"The DAA program has been great. I knew I wanted to be a writer before coming to Hope College, but getting the scholarship kind of gave me an "in" in the department, and I've loved all of my writing classes so far. I have definitely kept up with those, being a writing major. I've had a great experience as a DAA." —Corrie Smith ’06

"The DAA Creative Writing program allowed me to take Poetry 355 as a freshman, which has been an amazing experience so far. The class far exceeds any expectations I had of what a poetry class would be like; every day I learn a new application of meter, scansion, or form as it applies to the writing of contemporary poetry. I was initially nervous about presenting my poetry to a class, but the workshop sessions have proved to be an exhilarating experience, with classmates giving intelligent, insightful critiques of my work and constructive suggestions for revision. It is a unique experience to be involved in the creation process of the poetry of seven other people. I am glad that the DAA opened the door for me to dive into this upper-level creative writing course in my first term at Hope." —Bethany Richardson ’09

"I was planning on majoring in English or communications, so the English with a writing emphasis major seemed like a good track to head for given I already needed to take writing classes and had AP credit for lit classes. . . . The best opportunity being a DAA opened up for me was that it gave me a place the 255 poetry class the first semester of my freshman year. I couldn't have asked for a better first experience of writing at Hope. I was very seriously considering transferring, but the poetry classes I took helped me through the year and made me realize that I belong at Hope. . . . Thanks for offering this award; I probably wouldn’t have chosen to come to Hope if I hadn’t received it, and I’d be missing out if I wasn’t here." —Anna West ’08