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Pursue a college education tuition-free

That’s your HOPE, and ours.

If you thought attending Hollins University was out of reach, we’ve got great news for you.

If you are a young woman living in the greater Roanoke Valley and desire a college degree, but worry that the cost of tuition puts this dream out of reach, you have HOPE, the Hollins Opportunity for Promise through Education (HOPE).

HOPE scholars attend Hollins full-time for four-years with the cost of tuition fully covered. Students admitted to Hollins who currently reside within 40 miles of our Roanoke campus are invited to apply.

Who Can Be A HOPE Scholar?

To be eligible for a HOPE Scholarship, you must:

• Be a Virginia resident, living within a 40-mile radius of campus
• Be a current high school senior
• Be admitted to Hollins University as a first-year student

How Can I Apply?

It’s simple!

  1. Apply for and gain admission to Hollins University
  2. Submit a scholarship application 
  3. Submit the FAFSA to Hollins University by February 1
  4. Students whose families have a household adjusted gross income of $50,000 a year or less will receive priority.

Ready to apply for HOPE?

Submit your application here.

Need More Info?

Request information here.

Interested in joining Hollins’ vibrant community of students from our local area?

Did You Know?


of Hollins University students are from the Roanoke area.  

1,200 Alumnae/i

are currently living and working in the greater Roanoke area.  


scholarship guarantee for all admitted students.  

“just the right size”

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1 and an average class size of 12, you’ll work closely with professors and peers.

Exactly what I was looking for

in an all-women’s university that challenges me at every corner of my program.

You want your classmates to succeed

like you want your sisters to succeed.

I was really stunned

by the beauty of the campus buildings.

Recognized by U.S. News 2022 Best Colleges Rankings

for Social Mobility, A+ Schools for B Students, and Best Value out of 223 National Liberal Arts Schools.


in Top Performers on Social Mobility/ National Liberal Arts Colleges


in A+ Schools for B Students/National Liberal Arts Colleges

“I definitely wasn’t expecting this”

to be such a rich vibrant community. Roanoke really keeps me connected.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline to apply for HOPE?

Candidates wishing to receive consideration for HOPE funds should submit a completed application for admission and scholarship application by January 1. Submissions received after that date will be reviewed as funds are available.

If I receive HOPE, do I still need to take student loans?

HOPE recipients will have the cost of their Hollins tuition fully covered for four years through a blend of academic merit scholarship, need-based federal and institutional aid, and the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. HOPE scholars who choose to live on campus may apply federal loans to the cost of room and board. HOPE Scholars will be required to maintain satisfactory academic progress, file a FAFSA annually, and maintain Virginia residency.

Is Hollins really free for HOPE scholars?

The cost of tuition is covered for HOPE scholars for all four years, including any year over year tuition increases. HOPE scholars will be required to pay student fees, including the technology fee, green fee, and student government fee. HOPE scholars who live on campus will be responsible for the cost of room and board.

When will I be alerted if I receive HOPE?

HOPE scholars who meet the January 1 preferred application deadline will be alerted of their scholarship status by February 15. Some candidates may be placed on a waiting list for funds depending on the competitiveness of the applicant pool and available funds.

I have applied to Hollins and received an academic merit scholarship. Can I still apply for HOPE?

Yes! Good for you for completing the college application early. It’s a relief, right? Even if you have already received an academic merit scholarship from Hollins, local students are encouraged to apply for HOPE by the January 1 preferred deadline. Applications received after that date will be considered as funding is available.

My family makes more than the household adjusted gross income of $50,000 that is referenced. Should I still apply?

Yes! While families with a household AGI of $50,000 or less will receive priority, all local students are encouraged to apply. Did you know that 100% of first-year, full-time students admitted to Hollins are guaranteed $24,000 annually in academic merit scholarships? Or that Hollins awards over $29 million annually in scholarships and financial aid beyond the HOPE scholars program? Local students benefit from many types of financial support beyond HOPE, including endowed scholarships specifically for students hailing from our home region. 

Submit this application to receive consideration for HOPE funding. Additional documentation may be requested after your application has been reviewed.