The Power of Hope

Every fall, the Hope College community welcomes a new class of students to campus. These students will experience the power of a Hope education.

They will thrive in small classes, where one-on-one collaboration with professors is the norm. They will experience a uniquely vibrant Christian character, with many opportunities to explore their faith. They will participate in one or more of the 1,800+ internship opportunities and 300+ study-abroad opportunities in more than 60 countries. They will mature as leaders, guided by staff who care about their personal, professional and spiritual development. And, they will begin their career or enroll in graduate school soon after graduation, ready to lead and shape their communities.

Together, our faculty and staff support the mission of Hope College — to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith. Donors bring this mission to life for countless accomplished students, making a Hope education accessible for many who might otherwise deem it impossible. Ninety percent of Hope students receive financial aid based on need or merit, and about 750 students benefit specifically from donor-endowed scholarships.

“Hope is a place that opens doors, offers a multitude of opportunities and connects students to people who sincerely want to help,” said Meghan Lau ’15 at Hope’s annual Scholarship Luncheon.”

“Each story of every scholarship, every donor and every recipient is unique.”

Your gift to Hope makes a significant and positive impact on the students of today and tomorrow. Visit hope.edu/give for more details on supporting student scholarships.

Heartened by Hope

Ask Alexis-Simone Rivers who influenced her most during college, and she’s quick to recognize two people: her mother, and her scholarship donor, Mrs. Libby Hillegonds.

Alexis-Simone Rivers and Mrs. Libby Hillegonds.

As a shy freshman, Alexis-Simone had mapped out her future around the certainty of a nursing career. During her first year at Hope, which was a period of discernment, she realized that nursing was not, in fact, her calling. Suddenly having to rethink her vocation, Alexis-Simone was disheartened. But, knowing she was supported by the William Hillegonds Scholarship — and encouraged by her mother — Alexis-Simone found heart, persevered and even chose to study abroad the spring of her sophomore year.

“Being in Argentina was my most challenging semester,” she says. Challenging, and life-changing. Alexis-Simone returned to campus with a new sense of purpose and identity. She switched her major to business and marketing, and leapt into leadership positions. She served as the Advising and Transition Orientation director, a program coordinator and mentor for the GROW Peer Mentoring Program, a core member of the Student Activities Committee, and the president of two student organizations.

Alexis-Simone Rivers ’16 receiving her diploma at commencement.

When Alexis-Simone received her diploma in May 2016, she was a different person.

“I’ve learned not to lose sight of my goals and ambitions,” she says, “and to remember I am a child of God.”

Your gift to Hope makes a significant and positive impact on the students of today and tomorrow. Visit hope.edu/give for more details on supporting student scholarships.

Engaged 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 a gift today.

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 your generosity.

Your gift to Hope makes a significant and positive impact on the students of today and tomorrow. Visit hope.edu/give for more details on supporting student scholarships.