Hodson Scholars

Defined by an ethos of community, the Hodson Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students who have made a formidable commitment to the communities they come from and the communities they have joined.

The Hodson Trust and Hodson Gilliam Success scholarships are awarded on the basis of leadership and academic and personal achievement. The scholarship provides approximately two-thirds of the annual tuition costs for around 20 exceptional first-year students.

Hodson Scholars are part of a competitive cohort of students who have achieved excellence not only in their academics, but also in their extracurricular pursuits, and are actively engaged and eager to take the initiative to make meaningful change in the world.

As Hodson Scholars, our students have the chance to engage in meaningful conversations, learn from different perspectives, and collaborate with their peers as they develop their academic and co-curricular passions. While each student at Hopkins has the opportunity to build their own path, Hodson Scholars provide a community to learn with and from each other as they grow in their capacity to contribute to the community both at and beyond Hopkins.

Scholarship recipients enjoy the advantages of being part of this distinctive community, such as joining the Hodson Scholar Student Advisory Board and participating in a mentoring program between incoming students and upperclassmen.

Hodson Scholars can look forward to:

  • Welcome-back reception in September
  • Annual luncheon
  • Peer forum on political topics
  • Off-campus social gatherings


We identify incoming Hodson Scholars by their academic drive and the initiative they’ve already shown in defining their educational experience – through the intellectual curiosity that inspires independent and collaborative research projects, the ability to apply their learning to the real world, and leadership in serving others.

Hodson Trust Scholarship

Awarded on the basis of academic and personal achievement and leadership, the Hodson Trust Scholarship is awarded to fewer than twenty first-year students each year through the Hodson Trust. 

The scholarship is renewed annually, provided the recipient maintains a 3.0-grade point average.

Hodson Gilliam Success Scholarship

Each year, the Hodson Gilliam Success Scholarship is awarded to outstanding first-year students who have demonstrated financial need. 

This competitive scholarship is renewable annually, based on continued demonstrated financial need.

about the hodson trust

The Hodson Trust was established in 1920 by Col. Clarence Hodson, a Maryland native and a successful banker whose Beneficial Loan Society grew to more than 200 offices across the United States in the early 20th Century. Upon his death, his heirs continued to advance his lifelong philanthropic interest—supporting higher education—through the Hodson Trust. Hopkins, which has received nearly $90 million for a variety of priorities, is one of four Maryland higher education institutions the Trust supports.

You go to college to get an education, but the things that you do outside of class are what really define your experience and path. These relationships are what you take with you after four years. You may start a business with someone you meet, or you may meet a future surgeon who may save your life someday.

Anthony G. '19, Co-founder of TCO Labs, a nonprofit promoting entrepreneurship among Hopkins students



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