“This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future.”
Much has changed since A.C. Van Raalte used those words to describe Hope College over 150 years ago. Hope no longer houses all its students and classrooms within the walls of Van Vleck Hall, but the goal of preparing students to be a positive impact on the world of tomorrow most certainly remains.
In the fall of 1862, Hope College enrolled its first freshman class of 10 men. In October 2018, we will celebrate our first recipients (men and women) of the 10 under 10 Awards. The awards are designed to honor emerging leaders who are engaged in the local and global community and who exemplify the attributes of a Hope graduate. Full criteria can be found here. Nominations flowed in and a team of Alumni Board members, faculty and staff were presented with the task of selecting the final 10 recipients. The Alumni Board of Directors enthusiastically confirmed the selections and are pleased to sponsor this award.
These 10 recipients have backgrounds and interests as varied as the programs offered at Hope. They are taking their liberal arts education to new heights and impacting the world in big ways.
We are pleased to announce the following Hope College 10 Under 10 Award Recipients for 2018:
Sarah Watkins ’08 Fabian
Assistant Professor of Theatre
She creates new worlds on the stage and instructs others on how to do the same.
Xander Krieg ’12
Founder and CTO of AI software company
He developed an algorithm that allows a greater understanding of facial expressions and emotions.
Jonas Lawson ’13
Political Advertising Account Executive
He oversees high profile campaigns advertising at the local, state and federal levels.
Maggie Mohr ’09
Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurobiology
She has made significant contributions in neuroscience through her research.
Quinn Nystrom ’08
Speaker, Author & Diabetes Awareness Advocate
She brings a voice of hope and knowledge to people living with Diabetes.
Izzy Rhodes ’11
Hospital Crisis Chaplain
She promotes enhanced attention to mental health in the church and supports families experiencing medical trauma.
Travis Rieth ’10
Photographer, Writer & Consultant
He travels North America as a photographer, writer, consultant, adventurer and advocate.
Chaz Shelton ’09
Founder & CEO of Hydroponic Food Company
He helps to make fresh food accessible and affordable using science and technology.
Carl Scholten ’11
He leads school staff and encourages academic and spiritual growth in students.
Katherine Stritzke ’08 Simons
Strategy and Marketing Professional
She creates strategies for large-scale business transformations.
Alumni, students, families and friends are invited to celebrate at the 10 Under 10 Soiree during One Big Weekend on Friday, October 19 from 7 – 9 pm at City Flats Hotel as part of Hope on 8th Street. You’ll celebrate with these recipients in a casual meet-and-greet setting with appetizers and a cash bar. No registration is required and you may come and go as you please. You won’t want to miss it!
Do you know someone who belongs on this list for 2019? We are accepting nominations! Simply fill out this short form and your nominee will be added to the list and considered for next year’s awards.
As someone who went to Hope with both Carl and Travis, I am honored to know them and see that they continue to impact this world as they did mine! Congrats my friends! You deserve this!
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