about some of the special people who have generously shared
their resources with Hope College
Donna Granger and Ronald Granger, pictured
at left and right, have journeyed with Hope for more than a quarter
century, first as parents and now as grandparents. Their appreciation
of the impact of the Hope experience led them to establish an endowed
professorship in economics, management and accounting. They are
pictured with the professorship's first recipient Dr. Todd Stein,
Endowed professorships are essential in the college’s
effort to provide a transformational education.
Highly prized within the academy, such named professorships give
distinctive recognition to outstanding members of the faculty.
They also provide significant resources that support their recipients
in the work that they do so well, including their teaching and
mentoring of students and their scholarship.
The college currently has 19 endowed professorships, spread across
all four academic divisions. They are so indispensible that Hope
would like to have a dozen more.
The college has added two professorships this year. Their stories
reflect unique personal journeys and show that widely differing
paths can lead to Hope. They also,
however, share two crucial commonalities: generosity of spirit
and a commitment to touching lives in perpetuity. Read
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Paul and Carol Schaap
Science Center Named
in Honor of Hope Alumnus
A Hope College graduate who appreciated his own undergraduate
experience has given a $7 million leadership gift in support of
the college's science center project as a way of saying thank you
and helping new generations of students.
In recognition of the gift, given by Dr. A. Paul Schaap and his
wife Carol of Grosse Pointe Park, the college is naming the building
the "A. Paul Schaap Science Center." Both the gift and
the naming were announced on Friday, May 5, in conjunction with
the spring meeting of the college's Board of Trustees.
Rob Zaagman, Rebecca Bosserd, Coach Brian Morehouse
Player's Sacrifice for Team
A Hope College basketball player's selfless act is having an effect far beyond her team's recent national championship season.
It's led to the creation of a scholarship that will help other students in perpetuity.
When the Hope women's basketball team made it to the playoffs this past spring, NCAA regulations required that only 15 players could suit up for the competition. Hope's MIAA championship squad had 16 members. Rather than make it necessary for Coach Brian Morehouse to choose or perhaps for one of her teammates to sit out the remaining games, junior guard Becky Bosserd of Sparta, MIch., stepped forward and volunteered to spend the rest of the season in her street clothes.
The gracious gesture earned the admiration of her coach, her team mates and also Hope's loyal fans. One of those fans, community member Rob Zaagman, has decided to celebrate it by establishing an endowed scholarship at the college in her name. The "Rebecca Bosserd Scholarship Fund," available starting with the new school year, is intended for any student with financial need who, in keeping with Bosserd's example, has shown commitment to servant-leadership or volunteerism.
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Gift of a Lifetime
Dr. Jack Moermond '56, an expert in waterfowl and taxidermy,
bequeathed to the college a museum-quality collection of 110 ducks
and geese, representing every species of waterfowl in North America.
Comprising one of the top collections in the nation, the birds
are on permanent display on the atrium's top floor.