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College Advancement staff members stand ready to assist you with any questions you may have regarding methods of giving as well as opportunities for funding.

Please feel free to contact us at or the following address or telephone number:

Hope College
Office of College Advancement
141 East 12th Street
DeWitt Center
Holland, MI 49423

616-395-7899 (fax)


Giving Stories

Learn 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, at center

Endowing Exceptionality

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 the story (opens as a pdf document)

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.

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Rob Zaagman, Rebecca Bosserd, Coach Brian Morehouse

Player's Sacrifice for Team
Inspires Scholarship

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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Jack Moermond

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.

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Dynamic religion professor Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, winner of the 1999 Hope Outstanding Professor Educator Award, was named the first recipient of the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Endowed Professorship in 2003. The chair was established by the Board of Trustees in honor of the Jacobsons on the occasion of their retirement.

Specified gifts to the college are used to establish endowed funds for the enrichment of faculty and staff. Learn more

Recognizing the importance of recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, Jean Mason '45 Debbink, whose career was in nursing, established a faculty development fund for professors in the department of nursing.

Learn more about the importance of Endowment Funds at Hope