Diversity

Since 1827, Hanover College has committed to providing students with a world-class liberal arts education. By giving them a broad range of knowledge and strengthening the depth of their intellectual capital, we develop leaders for a world that constantly changes.

One aspect of our mission is transformative learning; something we believe comes with celebrating the many cultures, ethnicities and expressions of diversity that display the richness of the human experience. You’ll be able to grow with students who span the spectrum from vibrant cultural backgrounds and unique locations.

At Hanover, you can choose from a multitude of majors and fields of study, taught by an academically esteemed faculty. Develop your leadership skills in one or more of our 60-plus student led organizations or start your own.

When you graduate, you’ll be able to think creatively and from multiple perspectives, ready for success in a global community, because you’ll have experienced it here first.

Who is Benjamin Templeton?

Benjamin Templeton was the first African-American student to attend Hanover. A free black man from Chillicothe, Ohio, he began his education in 1832 and spent five years at the College, merely 10 years after the College's founding in 1827 and a full 25 years before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Templeton went on to lead the free black community in Philadelphia where he served as pastor of the Second African Presbyterian Church.

Benjamin Templeton Chronology (PDF)

Benjamin Templeton Scholarship

To recognize Benjamin Templeton’s great academic achievements and accomplishments as a leader, Hanover has created the Benjamin Templeton Scholarship that honors students with outstanding academic records who have worked to build strong high school communities by bridging gaps among economically, socially and racially diverse groups. Templeton Scholars will have demonstrated significant interest in issues of diversity education, tolerance and social justice.

This four-year renewable scholarship covers the full cost of tuition and is awarded to 10 prospective first-year students on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to leadership, multiculturalism and social justice. Designed to identify and reward students who have made significant leadership and cultural contributions to their high school communities, this scholarship hopes to give those students the means to make a significant contribution within the Hanover community.

Mentors

As a part of the Benjamin Templeton Scholars Program, each scholar receives a mentor who is a member of the Hanover College administrative staff. Mentors volunteer their time and higher education experience to serve as both an academic and personal support system. Scholars meet their mentor weekly to stay abreast of all upcoming academic responsibilities and campus involvement and leadership opportunities.

On-campus Scholarship Requirements

In order to maintain good standing with the Benjamin Templeton Scholarship Program, scholars must fulfill all requirements of the program each semester:

  • Maintain a minimum 2.68 G.P.A. per semester.
  • Weekly mandatory study hours (freshman and sophomores).
  • Attend bi-weekly group meetings with the Scholars Class.
  • Attend weekly individual meeting with their class advisor (freshman and sophomore).
  • Attend a mid-semester progress meeting.
  • Participate in the midterm and finals study table (freshman and sophomore).
  • Attend at least two cultural events per semester.
  • Attend the annual leadership retreat.
  • Participate as an active member of at least one student organization.
  • Complete 20 service hours per semester.
  • Live on campus all four years.

Templeton Application

Scholarship deadline is December 1.

To be considered for a Templeton Scholarship, students must apply for admission to Hanover College and complete the Benjamin Templeton Scholarship application by December 1.

A scholarship application will be complete and ready for review when the following items have been received:

  • Completed Hanover College Admission Application
  • Completed Benjamin Templeton Application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Essay
  • Detailed Resume

To apply for the Benjamin Templeton Scholarship you must have a Hanover Application Account. Please login or create your Application Account to apply for this scholarship.