|Students are nominated for this program
by one or more members of the college's faculty and staff and selected
by an application process that takes place each spring for the upcoming
academic year. Participation in this program is often limited
to juniors and seniors and may qualify you for scholarship assistance
as part of
your financial aid package.
Students in good standing are nominated who might
be considering attending a theological seminary or similar graduate
program in theology or religion. Perhaps you've discerned a call
to ministry, or perhaps you're just vaguely considering the possibility.
Or perhaps the thought has never even crossed your mind! But in
any case, at least one Hope staff or faculty member thinks that
you have shown evidence of certain gifts for graduate study in
This program recognizes some of the best and brightest students
that Hope College has to offer for the future leadership of the
church and the academy. Students are invited to apply to become
Lilly Scholars if they have a solid GPA (3.6 is the normal cutoff)
and at least some interest in the possibility of pursuing graduate
work in theology, ministry, or a related field. This work can be
at a theological seminary, a university divinity school, or, in
some cases, in other kinds of graduate programs.
Students selected fo this group attend the Lilly Scholars Seminar,
which typically meets one to two times per month throughout the
academic year. Students will be expected to do a very small amount
of reading in preparation for these events. At these meetings,
students will discuss topics related to theology and ministry.
The Lilly Scholars program was an initiative of The CrossRoads Project,
Hope College's program for the theological exploration of vocation
(funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. -- thus the name of the program).
The CrossRoads Project has helped students think about their calling
and their future direction in life. Lilly Scholars is now administered
by the Center for Ministry Studies.