Beyond the enjoyment that comes with the holiday season, this time of year is especially exciting for those of us who work in higher education admissions. At this point in the enrollment process, higher ed administrators begin to celebrate the successes of incoming students. As our admitted student list grows here at Hanover, the personality of the incoming class begins to take shape. Scholarship events and admitted student receptions allow us the opportunity to become better acquainted with our incoming students and for them to become better acquainted with the beauty of Hanover.

On December 7, Hanover welcomed nearly 100 admitted students to our first of two premier scholarship competitions—Crowe Scholars. At this program, admitted students to Hanover’s Class of 2024 interviewed with faculty from across our academic divisions and had the unique opportunity to experience a guest lecture with one of three distinguished Hanover faculty. The students are beyond impressive in their academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular efforts and achievement. Our next Crowe Scholars event will take place on February 8.

The Templeton Scholars Program, while a more recent addition, is a unique scholarship competition designed to both honor Hanover’s first African American graduate, Benjamin Templeton, and celebrate students who are change-agents in their local community. To recognize Benjamin Templeton's great academic achievements and accomplishments as a leader, Hanover created this scholarship program to honor students with outstanding academic records who have worked to build strong high school communities by bridging gaps among economically, socially and racially diverse groups. For the awardees, this scholarship covers cost up to full tuition and is awarded to 10 prospective first-year students based on academic excellence and commitment to leadership, multiculturalism and social justice.

In more than just the obvious ways, this truly is the most wonderful time of year.

As vice president for strategy and enrollment, Chris Gage serves to guide the institutional enrollment objectives and strategic plan in consultation with all stakeholders. Gage is an experienced enrollment professional with progressive leadership responsibilities at Hanover College.