First-Year Student Shares #GivingTuesday Impact


Scott Binder
Scott Binder ’19

Destini Pulido ’16, a senior at Hope, shared highlights from her Hope experience in a post just prior to Thanksgiving. Today, on Giving Tuesday, first-year student Scott Binder ’19 shares his goals and aspirations for his own Hope experience and how your philanthropic support makes it possible.

Scott is a first generation college student and scholarship recipient from Zeeland, Michigan involved in cross country and track. Inspired to be a doctor, Scott intends to major in chemistry or biochemistry. He says, “I love Hope because the community atmosphere is unlike any other college I visited. I love the close connections I am making with so many on campus, including my professors and coaches.”

MIAA Jamboree Cross Country event
Scott at the MIAA Cross Country Jamboree

He shares that in the years ahead he looks forward to growing deeper in his faith and to making lifelong friends. He’s excited to challenge himself to try new things, including studying abroad. He has made it his goal to become the best leader and friend he can be.

When he’s not in class or running, you can find Scott playing frisbee golf or hammocking in the Pine Grove (maybe a little less now that it’s December). No matter where you find him, Scott knows that he is here because of the generosity of others. For the occasion of Giving Tuesday, he was motivated to share more about his plans as a student:

Giving Tuesday has become a day dedicated to giving back. People and organizations around the world will come together for the common purpose of celebrating generosity and giving. Combine your gift to Hope with those from more than 8,000 others who share a strong commitment to the college. Together, we can make an even greater difference for students like Scott.


Learn more about giving to Hope College at and don’t forget to share your own @HopeCollege #Hope150 #GivingTuesday story on social media.

Members of the Hope community are generous beyond their financial giving. Save the date of Saturday, January 23 for the first ever Alumni Day of Service in honor of Hope’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration.

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