Hope Scholars
2022 Hope Scholarship Handout.pdf
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2022 Hope Scholars Agreement of Understanding.pdf
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From 2012 to Spring 2021, Hope presented 48 college scholarships totaling $56,920. Included in that total and supported by a Golf Scramble and Silent Auction fundraiser, in 2021 Hope awarded five Hope Scholarships totaling $10,900.

Each Lent Hope invites free-will offerings to "Hope Scholars" -- modest college scholarships for 4-year, 2-year, 1-year certificate and vocational education. We designed Hope Scholars believing that labor in any career is a divine calling and embracing Jesus' self-proclaimed mission  (Luke 4.18-19) of release to captives and freedom for the oppressed. In U.S. culture, debt marks the most common “prison” the average citizen faces, and since August 2010 student loan debt is the largest wedge of consumer debt. Working together, our individually small contributions are more – and have the potential to make a modest but significant difference.

We offer Hope Scholarships to any high school senior, graduate (or equivalent), or current undergraduate student of any age who: attends Hope Pres at least once per month on average – or who has a parent who does, and writes a required 1-page essay on a designated topic linking education and faith. We provide one equal-value scholarship to a faculty-selected senior from Oak Ridge High, an at-risk school that once bordered John Calvin Presbyterian. (Pictured at left is Dimario Placide the 2019 recipient, with Hope's Donna Adams, who presented the scholarship.) When John Calvin dissolved and sold its property to Orange County Public Schools for the expansion of ORHS, John Calvin created a fund to help launch new churches in east Orange County; Hope Pres is the first beneficiary –connecting us significantly with Oak Ridge High School. The Oak Ridge senior is neither required to write an essay nor attend Hope.

In 2019 (for the third and final year), Hope received an anonymous one-time gift of $5,000 designated for the Oak Ridge HS recipient. Beginning in 2020 (during a global pandemic!), Hope members have coordinated a Golf Scramble & Silent Auction fundraiser to generate significant additional scholarship support.

Since 2020, Hope has awarded an additional outside scholarship to a graduating senior at Lake Nona High School.

Below are the three in-house essays submitted for 2021.
Hope Scholars Essay No. 1.pdf
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Hope Scholars Essay No. 2.pdf
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Hope Scholars Essay No. 3.pdf
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