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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Scholars Program
in the Arts and Humanities
Hope College
Holland, MI 49422-9000


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts and Humanities

9 Things to Know About the Program

  1. It is a nationally recognized program of excellence and innovation funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It's an investment in your success with no additional costs to you besides hard work.
  2. You must intend to have at least one major in the arts or humanities division.
  3. The program is three years long: sophomore to senior year. You must be a first-year student to apply. Your work is assessed throughout those years to cultivate your academic strengths and eliminate your weaknesses.
  4. It provides training in traditional arts and humanities research, but it also engages students in the use of digital technologies (Website design, blogging, digital storytelling). Mellon Scholars have exclusive access to the New Media Studio.
  5. The program emphasizes collaborative research and close working relationships with faculty mentors, culminating in a portfolio of accomplishments that includes a "senior project."
  6. In most cases, the program replaces three or four standard courses in the major with individual tutorials or intensified, "Mellonized" courses. It is compatible with off-campus study.
  7. It is the only program that provides funding for summer research projects, devised by students, based on their interests.
  8. The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths including graduate school in the arts and humanities, law school, alternative academic careers (libraries, archives, foundations, administration), publishing, documentary filmmaking, writing, and Internet-based entrepreneurship.
  9. Admission is highly competitive, and normally limited to students who have been nominated by one of their professors near the end of the first semester of college.