At Hope we are privileged to reward students for high school achievement, both in the classroom and on the stage.


Academic Awards

Your Common Application also serves as your application for academic scholarships at Hope. Academic scholarships are based on your cumulative GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and course selection (based on what’s available at your school). Be sure to submit any new academic information for consideration by February 15 of your senior year.

You may qualify for one of these academic awards:

Scholarship Criteria

(students entering Fall 2017)

Scholarship Amount Requirements
Trustee Scholarship $20,000 per year A faculty committee selects 30 of Hope’s top Presidential Scholars (see below) for this prestigious award and an additional $2,000 per year.
National Merit Scholarship $20,000 per year If you’re a National Merit Finalist and name Hope as your first choice, you’ll automatically qualify for this award.
Presidential Scholarship $8,000–$18,000 per year You are eligible for a Presidential Scholarship if you’ve achieved at least a 3.75 GPA and a 28 ACT or 1310 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math).
Distinguished Scholar Award $6,000–$7,000 per year You will qualify for the Distinguished Scholar Award if you’ve achieved a 3.5 GPA and a 27 ACT or 1280 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math).
Valedictorian Scholarship $6,000 per year You will receive this award if you are valedictorian of your graduating high school class and are not eligible for a higher award.
Alumni Honors Scholarship $3,000–$5,000 per year You are eligible for an Alumni Honors Scholarship if you’ve achieved a 3.75 GPA or higher, or if you’ve achieved a 3.5 GPA and a 25 ACT or 1200 SAT (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math).

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).

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Distinguished Artist Awards

Hope also 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. Each award is $2,500 per year, renewable for four years. Distinguished Artist Awards (DAAs) can be combined with an academic scholarship.

Creative Writing

Apply for the DAA in creative writing by submitting:

  • The application form, including:
      • A 500-word essay
      • A letter of recommendation
      • 10 typed pages of your creative writing

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to maintain a 3.0 GPA at Hope and enroll in at least one creative writing class each year.

Scholarship Coordinator

Sarah Baar

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You can apply for the DAA in Dance by attending one of the auditions and submitting the following items:

  • 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?”

You may bring these items when you check in for your audition.

Audition dates are:

  • Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Friday, February 3, 2017
  • Monday, February 20, 2017

Scholarship recipients will be notified the first week of March 2017.

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.

Scholarship Coordinator

Stephanie Brumels

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Apply for the DAA in music by completing the audition request form and attending an on-campus audition. We encourage you to audition in-person, but if that’s not possible, you may submit a pre-recorded audition.

Audition dates are:

  • Friday, November 18, 2016
  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017

To keep this scholarship, you’ll need to be involved with the Department of Music.

Scholarship Coordinator

Kathy Waterstone

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Apply for the DAA in theater by auditioning on DAA Scholarship Day. This full-day event includes:

  • An audition
  • A tour of the department
  • An interview with faculty
  • A workshop with current students
  • Attendance at an evening performance

If you’re unable to attend, you may submit an audition video.

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

Scholarship Coordinator

Prof. Michelle Bombe

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Visual Arts

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

  • Your portfolio of slides or digital images (must be submitted on a CD)
  • The application form
  • A self-addressed stamped return envelope (for returning your portfolio)

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.

Scholarship Coordinator

Kristin Underhill

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