2019-20 Hope Scholars Awards

The 2019-20 Hope Scholars Award recipients are listed below: Name, Faculty Sponsor (if applicable), Student Participants (if applicable), Title, and Type.

  • Jarod Cooper, Norman Schmidt, Effects of Chemicals on SPME Fibers, Scholar
  • Derian Garrison, Josh McLoud, Characterizing Mutated Escherichia Coli (E. Coli), Scholar
  • Marrissa Gibson, Norman Schmidt, The Accumulation of Iron in Lab Mice Exposed to Varying-Level Doses, Scholar
  • Morgan Hain and Madison Primrose, Josh McLoud, How Does Rain Shape the Airborne Fungal Community in Hillsboro, Kansas?, Scholar
  • Terran Hoyt, Shawn Reed, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association “So You Want to be a Coach” program, Logistical
  • Aurora Ingram, Josh McLoud, What Yeasts are in the Dorms of Tabor College?, Scholar
  • Madison Johnson, Norman Schmidt, Effects of Zinc Within the Environment, Scholar
  • Josh McLoud, SACNAS conference/AED convention funding, Logistical
  • Arian Moye, Briana Neifert, and Brenna Peters, Shin-hee Chin, Awakening: Body, Mind, Soul, Logistical
  • Michal Parris, Josh McLoud, Phase II-Testing DNA Barcoding Criteria for Common Airborne Fungi: Are All the Assumptions True?, Scholar
  • Ally Simpson, Norman Schmidt, Pesticide Levels in Aquatic Organisms Near Farming Communities, Scholar
  • Jen Stephenson, Grant development workshop funding, Logistical

Total amount granted for 2019-20: $9,525

Cumulative Hope Scholar Grants 2008-2020


In the spring of 2007, the New Hope Mennonite Brethren Church of New Hope, Minnesota established a Legacy of Hope endowment to support scholarship at Tabor College. Scholarship, as defined in this proposal, is informed by the late Dr. Ernest Boyer in his landmark study Scholarship Reconsidered (1997). According to Boyer, scholarship has two critical elements that make it a distinctive activity. First, scholarship involves the systematic study of a topic or issue. Secondly, scholarship must involve the public presentation of the results of that study. Both must be present. Either of these activities without the other, while worthy and possibly useful, does not constitute scholarship activity.

Boyer promotes a fourfold approach to scholarship: scholarship of discovery, scholarship of integration, scholarship of application and scholarship of teaching. Activities related to the discovery of knowledge, the integration and application of knowledge and the teaching of knowledge all qualify as scholarship, if done systematically with public presentation of the results.

Support for the scholarship activities, funded by the Legacy of Hope endowment, falls into three categories: scholarship grants, innovative curriculum development grants and logistical scholarship support grants.

Scholar Grants

Scholar grants are designed to encourage Tabor College faculty and students to systematically study issues of significance through a Christian worldview lens. Scholarship grants may be used for work done during the summer or to pay for release time during the academic year. A maximum of $2,500 may be used for faculty stipends with students eligible for a maximum stipend of $1,500. The maximum award for a scholarship grant will be $5,000. Preference will be given to submissions that involve students, have clear and achievable goals, make a significant scholarly contribution and have not been previously funded.

Innovative Curriculum Development Grants

Innovative curriculum development grants are designed to encourage the development of innovative curriculum ideas. Innovative curriculum development grants may be used for work done during the summer or to pay for release time during the academic year. A maximum of $2,500 may be used for faculty stipends. The standard award for an innovative curriculum development grant will be $500-$1,000. Preference will be given to grants that have clear and achievable goals, constitute a substantive curricular revision and have not been previously funded.

Logistical Scholarship Support Grants

Logistical scholarship support grants are designed to provide supplemental logistical support for faculty or students not granted a scholarship or innovative curriculum grant. Eligible uses complete or enhance scholarly projects. Examples include travel and accommodation expenses for presenting at academic conferences, minor equipment needs, supplies, editing expenses, exhibit competition fees, etc.  Logistical support will be granted as funds are available. Grants are limited to $750 generally. Priority will be given to student support and requests not previously funded.


Faculty must be employed at least three-quarter time to be eligible for Hope Scholars Program grants. In unusual circumstances where a faculty member is less than three-quarter time, eligibility may be granted with approval from the Academic Dean. Students must be enrolled full-time to be eligible for Hope Scholars Program grants. In unusual circumstances where a student is less than full-time, eligibility may be granted with approval from the Academic Dean.  Student applicants must have a Tabor faculty sponsor noted on their proposal.

Grant Approval Process

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. The schedule for proposals will be determined by the Academic Affairs Committee. The Committee is chaired by the Academic Dean and consists of the four division chairs and faculty chair.  Grants will be subject to standard accounting and taxation policies. A campus presentation of the grant activity will be required. These arrangements will be made between the awardee and the Academic Affairs Office.

The committee reserves the right to give constructive counsel, request a resubmission or deny any/all requests.