Benjamin Templeton

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)

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Deadline: December 1

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 is a four-year renewable scholarship. The award covers cost up to full 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. Students’ level of demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA is considered in the evaluation and awarding process.


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.
  • Complete the FAFSA by April 15 during your first, second and third year at Hanover (code: 001801).


Group of Benjamin Templeton Scholars pose at the Point
Benjamin Templeton Scholars, Class of 2020

As a part of the Benjamin Templeton Scholars Program, each scholar receives a mentor from 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 with their mentor weekly to stay abreast of all upcoming academic responsibilities and campus involvement and leadership opportunities.


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
  • One Letter of Recommendation (Optional)
  • Essay
  • Completed FAFSA indicating Hanover College as a recipient (code: 001801).