2020-21 Hope Scholars Awards

The 2020-21 Hope Scholars Award recipients are listed below: Name, Faculty Sponsor (if applicable), Student Participants (if applicable), Title, and Type.

  • Rick Bartlett, Key Elements of Instructional Design for Tabor College, Innovative
  • Wyatt Bell and Aurora Ingram, Josh McLoud, MCAT Prep Assistance, Logistical
  • Daniel Creamer, Computer for Computational Algebra, Scholar
  • Josh McLoud and James Titah, Restoring Science Equipment for Students and Faculty, Logistical
  • Joshua Gaede, Pierce Klaassen, Logan Mathews, Christopher Ruffino, and Axton Travis; Josh McLoud, Disentangling the Putative 97% Species Threshold for Fungi, Scholar
  • Melinda Rangel, Setting Tabor Apart: Adding Industry Certifications for TC Business Students, Innovative
  • James Titah, Bio-Inorganic Synthesis, Characterization and Computational/Theoretical Research in Chemistry, Scholar

Total amount granted for 2020-21: $20,875

Cumulative Hope Scholar Grants 2008-2020

Introduction

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.

Eligibility

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.