Engage with Hope

Spencer Westley ’17

Keeping up with Spencer Westley is a challenge. He wants to make the most of every opportunity Hope has to offer, and scholarships have allowed him to do just that.

Call Spencer busy. Call him focused. Call him engaged. But don’t call him overcommitted. He can, and does, balance it all — so well, in fact, that he graduated a year early. In his final year at Hope, Spencer was president of Student Congress, director for the Business Club, career advisor with the Career Development Center, former Student Ambassador and intern for the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals.

Scholarships allowed me to participate in these different activities, all of which are molding me into the young professional I hope to become after graduation.

Not surprisingly, Spencer’s career aspirations are driven by a spirit of service that Hope staff and faculty have encouraged and cultivated.

Have an impact on students like Spencer and make your gift to the Hope Fund today! A generous donor has offered to DOUBLE YOUR GIFT (up to $12,000).

Inspired by Hope

Diana Gonzalez ’17

Meet Diana Gonzalez. After visiting Hope, she knew it was where she wanted to be. It seemed like the perfect place. During her high school years, Diana’s family worried about how they would pay for college. She applied to Hope but, fearing tuition was out of reach, dismissed the possibility of attending.

Fortunately, Diana was granted an amazing financial aid package with included scholarships that changed the course of her future.

As a freshman, she joined the Phelps Scholars program, which allowed her to live with students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds. She was inspired by her fellow Phelps Scholars as well as her professors to build lifelong relationships and experiences that would serve her well.

After declaring a major in Spanish and minor in psychology and ethnic studies, Diana went on to study abroad in Spain. Looking ahead, she is planning a career in social work. She is just one of many Hope students who rely on the generosity of gifts to the Hope Fund.

A generous donor has offered to DOUBLE YOUR GIFT (up to $12,000). Make a gift today.

Anysie Ishimwe Brings Hope to Global Health

Anysie Ishimwe ’16 has received a prestigious fellowship with Global Health Corps. She will be working as a partnership coordinator with Gardens for Health International in Rwanda.

“Global Health Corps is a leadership development organization focused on health equity. We are building a global community of diverse young leaders changing the face of global health.”

Through Gardens for Health, Anysie will be working with district hospitals, health centers and the government. Anysie will be organizing events and programs such as community health centers for families. She is looking forward to the opportunity to teach and follow up with families in the community. Fighting against malnutrition with programs helping mothers with malnourished children, Gardens for Health provides a malnourished child what they need to maintain normal weight. For example, they provide seeds to mothers to start their own garden, equip families with the knowledge of what a balanced meal looks like and share instructions for cooking from their own garden.

In a sense Anysie is returning to her roots. Her family lives in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, where her dad works for Youth for Christ. Her three siblings are there as well. For the year she will be living with a co-fellow from Washington, D.C. in the fellows house.

She adds, “I want to immerse myself in the Rwandan community. I’ve been there as a child and as a student, I want to be there was a graduate actively thinking about what can I do? It’s eye-opening, to see what is really happening. I’m going to learn a lot, I want to contribute in any way that I can. I want to get to know people and network with people who are already doing the work that I aspire to do one day.”

At Hope, Anysie had the chance to do many things outside the classroom. She says “the classroom was amazing with so many wonderful professors, but I also had the opportunity to go on Immersion Trips, to study abroad in Switzerland, to go back to Rwanda on May Term twice.” She appreciates the relationships at Hope and how professors continue to go above and beyond. “I didn’t expect them to care so much about me even after graduation,” she adds.

“I’m taking Hope with me wherever I go. I’m training myself to think globally, to be competent in any environment. I am open to see what the future brings.”

18th Annual Bob DeYoung Hope Classic Golf Outing

Join us at the Ravines Golf Club on Monday, June 12, 2017 for the 18th Annual Bob DeYoung Hope Classic Golf Outing.

Golfers of all ages and skill levels are welcome at this 18-hole scramble with foursome play. There is limited space at this popular event and tee times are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.

Sign up as a single, with a friend, or as a foursome by downloading the form at hope.edu/alumni/golf or by calling 616.395.7250.

Two ways to play. Cost is $130 per person.

  • 7:00 am    Registration & Breakfast
  • 7:45 am    Early Bird Shotgun Start
  • 12:00 pm  Lunch
  • 12:00 pm  Registration & Lunch
  • 1:30 pm    Afternoon Shotgun Start
Bob DeYoung Hope Classic Golf Outing

Thanks to our underwriters and golfers, proceeds from this outing have supported the Bob and Marcia DeYoung Scholarship Fund since 2007.

If you are interested in offering financial assistance to students studying at Hope, you may make a contribution on the registration form or contact Tricia Cranmer at cranmer@hope.edu.

Register today by downloading the 2017 Golf Outing Registration Form.

Thank You!

Many of you participated in Scholarship Day of Giving and we are grateful for your support. Thanks to you, we raised more than $162,000 — all for student scholarships through the Hope Fund. The number of gifts and the total raised both exceeded last year’s day of giving.

On behalf of the Hope College community, and especially our students, thank you for your generosity!

Your support brings Hope’s mission to life for countless accomplished students, making a Hope education accessible for many who might otherwise deem it impossible.

Scholarship Day of Giving Thank You Video

Unlock $25,000 for Scholarships at 700 Donors

Scholarship Day of Giving is now over halfway to our overall goal. We were close to our goal of 500 donors by 5 pm, but came up just short. Help us reach the next goal of 700 gifts and an additional $25,000 will be unlocked and added to today’s total thanks to another generous group of challenge donors.

How can you help? 

1) If you haven’t already, make a gift at hope.edu/give2hope.

2) Spread the word on social media and email using #give2hope.

To make your gift by phone, please call 616.395.6006. The students will be in the Outreach Center until 10 p.m. EDT.

Looking for a quick and easy way to help? Forward this update to a group of friends!

125th Donor Thank You

Today’s the day many on Hope’s campus hit the refresh button for hope.edu/give2hope with a strong sense of gratitude. Each new commitment to support Hope students represents a unique donor story, while simultaneously launching new Hope stories for students receiving scholarships.

We are excited to introduce you to the 125th Scholarship Day of Giving donor. CJ Ditzenberger’s Hope story began when her daughter, Grace, was looking for a small Christian liberal arts college with a strong exercise science and volleyball program. Grace is now a sophomore that makes the trip each semester from her home in Centennial, Colorado to study on a pre-med track at Hope College. CJ visits as a Hope parent a few times each year and was motivated to be part of a community of donors on this special day.

“Hope College has provided Grace with amazing research opportunities and great professors. It’s been everything we imagined it would be.” -CJ Ditzenberger

Thank you CJ and all who have contributed to the success of this day so far. We are now at 181 gifts (10:57 AM EDT) toward out goal of 1,000 before midnight. We can do it! To encourage us, a group of generous donors has offered a $10,000 challenge that will be unlocked when we reach 250 gifts. Help us reach our goal by making a gift and spreading the word!


Scholarship Day of Giving Details

Scholarship Day of Giving will kick-off at midnight Monday for a 24 hour challenge of 1,000 gifts. Here’s how you can be involved:

  1. Make a gift at hope.edu/give2hope.
  2. Share #give2hope throughout the day on your social media channels.
  3. Change your Facebook cover photo to the Scholarship Day of Giving image. You’ll want to download the image or save it to your desktop. Go to Facebook. Edit your cover photo. Update your cover photo.

4. Change your profile photo to the Give Hope image. You’ll want to download the image or save it to your desktop. Go to your social media channels and update your profile photo. Facebook will allow you to make this a temporary change and you will automatically transition back to your previous profile photo after Scholarship Day of Giving.

5. Create and post a “Why I love Hope” video using Facebook Live. Get creative! We’d love to hear why you love Hope.

6. Watch the progress throughout the day at hope.edu/give2hope.

Thanks in advance for your support! Go Hope!

Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their chosen profession, have made a positive impact on their community and are involved with the College.

Wendell Wierenga
Wendell Wierenga ’70

Dr. Wendell Wierenga is a senior pharmaceutical/biotech executive and has devoted more than 40 years to science. After graduating from Hope he went on to complete his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stanford University. He has extensive leadership experience and currently serves on the boards of six publicly traded companies as well as the Stanford Research Institute (SRI). He has over thirty years of experience in matters relating to pharmaceutical drug discovery and development in a wide range of therapeutic areas.

Michael Magan
Michael Magan ’88

Michael Magan is a seasoned political veteran with more than 20 years experience in international affairs. Prior to moving to London he served in several senior foreign policy positions in the George W. Bush administration including Special Assistant to the President. He also served as a congressional staff member and held senior positions in the United States Chamber of Commerce. His company, Magan Dahlgren Ltd., offers advice on developing and implementing international strategic plans and expanding in major emerging markets.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented at the Annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 29 at 6pm in Phelps Dining Hall.

Scholarship Day of Giving 2017

Join us for the third annual Scholarship Day of Giving on April 18, 2017. The goal is 1,000 gifts to the Hope Fund in 24 hours. Gifts received online and on the phone will be added to our project at hope.edu/give2hope.

Online ambassadors will become part of our team for the day by helping to promote Hope College, the Hope Fund and student scholarships. We need your voice, your networks and your enthusiasm to help us make the day a success. Please consider helping our efforts this year and sign up to be an ambassador.

Follow our progress throughout the day on April 18 at hope.edu/give2hope and use #give2hope on your social media platforms.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration and active support of our students.