Over the past fifteen years, 10,000 alumni have graduated from Hope. They are educated to think about important issues with clarity and wisdom as they bridge boundaries that divide communities. The Young Alumni Award, initiated in 2006, recognizes outstanding achievements and tells the stories of some of these alumni.
2014 Photos and Videos
Matt Scogin Acceptance Speech
Maxine Gray Acceptance Speech
Young Alumni Award Video
Each year, Hope students can learn from those that have gone before them through the Young Alumni Workshops. Hosted by the Alumni Association and the Career Development Center, these events are free and no advance registration is required. The 2014 events were held on March 26 and 27.
Young Alumni Award Dinner
All are welcome to attend this annual event celebrating Hope's young alumni. Meet the Young Alumni Award recipients and hear their stories of life after Hope as you connect with other alumni and current Hope students. This event is free, but advance registration is required. The 2014 event was held on March 27.
Maxine Gray '04 graduated from Hope with a communication major and sociology minor. While at Hope she was involved with the Black Student Union, Dance Marathon, Social Activities Committee, Orientation and the Phelps Scholars Program. She also studied at The Philadelphia Center.
After Hope, she worked at the Hope College Office of Multicultural Education and was an active and founding member of BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), a networking and development group in Grand Rapids for young professionals of color. She continued her education at Grand Valley State University, graduating in 2009 with a Master of Science in Communication. She has served on the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Board and was the Special Events Coordinator for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She previously worked in talent acquisition at Herman Miller and is now in strategic talent initiatives in global staffing at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle.
In 2013 she was the recipient of the Women and Leadership in the Workplace "Shooting Star" and in 2012 she was awarded Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids "Advocate Award". In 2011 she was the Grand Rapids Business Journal's "40 under Forty" Award Recipient, and in 2009 she was recognized by Grand Valley State University with a "Citation for Excellence in Service to the Community and/or Profession" Award.
She enjoys volunteering for Hope and engaging with students when she returns to campus. You can follow her on twitter at @myfgray
Matt Scogin '02 graduated with majors in political science and economics. He was a member of Mortar Board and served as vice president and president of Student Congress. In 2001, Matt held an internship in the Office of Political Affairs in the White House while participating in the college’s Washington Honors Semester.
After graduating, he served as a senior advisor for State Representative Barb Vander Veen. He was then awarded a Public Service Fellowship from Harvard University and went on to graduate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2005. Matt then accepted a research fellowship with the European think tank, the Bosch Foundation, to study welfare reform in Germany. In 2007, Matt accepted a position working for the U.S. Treasury Department as the senior advisor to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, who was one of his former professors. He also worked for Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Wachovia Bank. Presently, Matt serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at NYSE Euronext, the company that runs the New York Stock Exchange.
Matt viewed his time at Hope as a time of great growth. He said, “as a student, opportunities for Christian development helped me to think about my time in college as much bigger than just preparing for a career and instead preparing my mind, heart, and spirit to be used by God in the world.” When Matt returns to campus he finds fulfillment from sharing with students how his faith has influenced his career.
About the Award
The Young Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have graduated within the past fifteen years in recognition of a commitment to excellence in post-collegiate life and a significant or ongoing commitment to extraordinary work, research or volunteerism.
This award will be presented to deserving alumni who meet the following criteria:
A nominee must be a member of the Hope College Alumni Association for no more than 15 years prior to the current year. All graduates and non-graduates who have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours are members of the Alumni Association.
Each must have attained notable degree of prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement within the local or global community or the college.
- Special consideration will be given for those who demonstrate significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.