Academic Enrichment

Dominican Scholars of Hope

Dominican Scholars of Hope at Mount Saint Mary CollegeThe Dominican Scholars of Hope (DSH) is a nonacademic living-learning community for highly motivated students that is rooted in the Dominican heritage of Mount Saint Mary College. The program cultivates the intellectual, moral, and spiritual capacities of students, and is guided by the four pillars of Dominican higher education: study, spirituality, community, and service. All MSMC resident students are welcome to apply for membership.

About the Program: Study & Community Service

The Dominican Scholars program is founded on the 800-year-old Dominican tradition of study and service. The program offers you a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of learning activities, group experiences, and field trips that will nurture your intellectual abilities, develop your leadership skills, and deepen your spiritual awareness.

The DSH program is a mutually supportive community of student scholars committed to service on the MSMC campus and in the local Newburgh community. Service activities vary from semester to semester, and depend upon the interests of the students.

At the end of each academic year, scholars are presented with a special certificate at a reception hosted for them and their families. Upon completion of all four years of the program, Dominican Scholars receive special honor cords that are worn at commencement.

DSH News of the World

Membership and Eligibility

Membership in the DSH program is open to all Mount Saint Mary College students. Incoming freshman are invited to join the program based upon high school academic record and demonstrated commitment to community service. Eligible members are identified after their acceptance to the College and are sent a letter of invitation before the beginning of freshman year.


Members of the Dominican Scholars of Hope (DSH) are expected to:

  • regularly attend DSH meetings
  • participate in three DSH academic events per semester
  • participate in one community service project per semester
  • participate in one campus service project per year

Comments from Present Members

“Thanks to the Dominican Scholars of Hope, I have been able to meet many wonderful and diverse people, all of whom I am better off for having met.”

“It is here [Dominican Scholars of Hope] that I have made the strongest bonds and have found my closest friends on campus.”

“I want to emphasize how much being a Dominican Scholar has helped me become a better leader and scholar on campus….I fell in love with the organization and the people in it since the moment we first met in Guzman Hall. I became great friends with the members and the faculty and staff associated with the organization have become almost like family to me.”

 “The Dominican Scholars of Hope has taught me a lot about myself both spiritually and academically. It has challenged me to look at myself from a different angle and has encouraged me to grow as a person.”

Dominican Scholars of Hope visit Lake George, NY

Dominican Scholars of Hope