The Distinguished Artist Award in Creative Writing
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.
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 Peter Schakel, Chair of the English Department (616.395.7611), if you have any questions.
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