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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)


Scholarships at Hope College


Transforming the Future

They’re gifts that transform lives.

Endowed scholarships are about as direct as it gets, making it possible for a specific individual to become a student at Hope and learn and grow into the future beyond.

The impact is incalculable. Every graduate goes on to shape the lives of others, who in turn touch still others, a continuum extending and expanding in perpetuity.

The statistics convey a sense of the scale at the beginning of the process. Some 60 percent of Hope students, more than 1,900 each year, receive financial assistance based on need. A total of 90 percent of the students at Hope, nearly 2,900, receive aid based on a combination of need and merit.

The chain, though, starts before the first student receives any given scholarship. It begins with the donor who cared enough to establish it.

The scholarships endowed by alumni and friends of the college represent the intersection of the need being met and the interests and experiences of the donors. Some are designated for students pursuing specific careers, such as education, medicine or the ministry. Some are for students who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, or who are from certain parts of the country or abroad, or who are members of the Reformed Church in America, the college’s parent denomination. Many are simply for any student with financial need. learn more

Endowed Scholarships

Over the years a number of endowed scholarship funds, which bear the name of the donor or persons designated by the donor, have been established. Such funds provide unique opportunities for donors to be directly involved in assisting and coming to know Hope students. The donor is free to designate a preference for the major field or vocational goal for the scholarship recipient. Endowed scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of scholarship and demonstrated financial need. An endowed scholarship will remain in perpetuity because only the income earned on the principal sum is awarded.

An initial contribution will establish a scholarship fund. Once the fund reaches $10,000, the college activates the scholarship process and student recipients are named. A scholarship fund is considered endowed once it reaches a balance of at least $25,000.

List of Established Endowed Scholarships

Other Scholarship Giving Opportunities

Departmental Endowed Scholarships
These are similar to the preceding endowed scholarship funds, except that the recipients are selected by individual departments.

College Advancement staff members stand ready to assist you with any questions you may have regarding establishing a scholarship at Hope College.

Please feel free to contact us at 616-395-7775 or




Christopher Jackson of Keego Harbor, Mich., is an accounting and business management major. He plans to seek a position in marketing or human resources after graduation, but longer-term hopes to become a self-employed entrepreneur. He feels that Hope has helped set him on his way.

“Hope has given me internship opportunities within different companies to establish relationships with people within the company and prove my worth—what I can bring to a particular company, based on the education provided at Hope,” he said.

He’s also appreciated the character of his experience.
“Another important aspect is that the Hope community strives to establish relationships with those investing time in their education,” he said. “Relationships have been everything for me and my experience at Hope.”

“This assistance was especially important to me, because otherwise the positives in life that are coming into fruition would not have been a possibility.”

Christopher has been supported through both the Max and Connie Boersma Scholarship Fund and the Vern and Isla Schipper Scholarship Fund.

learn more about other scholarship recipients

An organ-performance major, Leah Hottel, of Westlake Ohio, has appreciated the way that Hope has helped expand her career vision, with possibilities including graduate school and teaching and also music management; she also knows that she wants to continue to share her gift of music with a church.

“The number one thing that has made a difference in my education here at Hope is the individual attention each student gets. I feel closer to my faculty advisor and other members of the music department than I would have ever imagined possible. I have developed a relationship with them that has not only bolstered my knowledge of music, but encompassed other areas of my life.

“The news of my endowed scholarship… helped secure in my mind that this was not only a wonderful and affordable education, but where I really belonged. Three years later it still astonishes me that I could ever have looked at a different school. Hope has been a blessing, a true gift from God.”

Leah has been supported throughThe Claryce Rozeboom Memorial Organ Scholarship, the David P. Roossien Organ Scholarship and the Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Organ Scholarship

learn more about other student recipients