Hope students are invited to submit an essay about a family member who has taught them a significant lesson and apply it to their experience at Hope. Essays are judged by a committee. The subject of the winning essay receives the Family Anchors Award and the student who wrote the essay wins a prize as well.
Congratulations to Brooke Jeries '14, winner of the 2012 Family Anchors Award essay contest. Brooke wrote about her mother, Melissa Mattinson. She will be honored at the President's Breakfast on Saturday, November 3rd, as part of Family Weekend 2012. Download the essay
Freshman Matthew Webb was awarded an honorable mention for an essay written about his father, Dan Webb, and Senior Alecia Ivery won an honorable mention for her essay about her grandmother, Rosemary Cary.
- The 2011 Family Anchor Award recipients are Bruce and Colleen Bandy. The essay was written by Lindsey Bandy, Class of 2012.
- The 2010 Family Anchor Award recipient is Amelia Zipay. The essay was written by Carly Henkel, Class of 2012.
- The 2009 Family Anchor Award recipients are Leonard and Rosetta Shetler. The essay was written by Kara Shetler, Class of 2011.
- The 2008 Family Anchor Award recipient is Lisa Paulun. The essay was written by Rebekah Ostosh, Class of 2012.
- The 2007 Family Anchor Award recipient is Marty Feldhake. The essay was written by Emily Feldhake, Class of 2011. About the Contest:
The contest, presented by the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Hope Fund, provides students with an opportunity to recognize parents, step-parents, or guardians whose presence, endeavors, dedication, and care have contributed to his or her personal development and academic success.
- Identify and illustrate a life lesson you have learned from a family member.
- Share how this lesson has contributed to your personal development and academic success and how you have used or plan to use this lesson during your time at Hope College.
- You must be a current Hope College student to participate.
- Entries should be no more than 500 words in length.
- Thoughtful reflection on the life lesson illustrated and the ways in which the nominee has impacted and influenced the student in a positive manner.
- Clear and concise development of points.
- Technical correctness and grammar.
Recognition and Prizes
- All nominees will receive a congratulatory letter and a copy of the essay submission.
- Recognition of the winning essay and the award recipient(s) will occur during Family Weekend at the President's Breakfast.
- The student who wrote the winning essay will be presented with an Amazon Kindle Fire and the winner(s) of the Family Anchors Award will be presented with a framed certificate. The winning student will also be highlighted in News from Hope College.