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Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships

Our department has 8 scholarships and 2 awards that are named in honor of the donor family members. These "named" scholarships are available specifically for students pursuing biology department majors. Many other scholarships are awarded by the college. Scholarship decisions are based on competitive applications, GPA and faculty recommendations. Biology faculty work closely with the Scholarships and Financial Aid department to administer these scholarships.

Henry Bengelink Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 1 renewal scholarship of $2,000
BengelinkThis scholarship was established to honor the memory of Professor Henry Bengelink and his wife, Pearl.  Henry was one of seven children of very poor Dutch immigrant parents. He earned his way through Calvin in the midst of the great depression and then returned after World War II as a professor of biology, for more than 30 years. He is remembered by his sons and his students for his knowledge and love of his subject and for his life–long commitment to the art of teaching.

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin College student planning to enroll full – time the following year
  • Entering the junior or senior year
  • Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science (Biology emphasis) major, Integrated science studies major – secondary education or Secondary education major in biology
  • Intend to become a teacher at the high school or college level
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate some evidence of financial need

Frank and Esther DeVos Family Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $1,400
Mr. Frank and Mrs. Esther DeVos have established this scholarship as an expression of their support for Calvin. It is their desire to see DeVosCalvin uphold its commitment to Christian education from a Reformed perspective while at the same time continuing to maintain the highest academic standards.

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • Entering the junior or senior year
  • Pursuing a degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science (Biology emphasis) major with preference given to a student pursuing plant biology
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate some evidence of financial need

Alan and Genevieve Gebben Family Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $2,800

Gebben familyAlan and Genevieve Gebben are Calvin graduates who have invested their professional careers in teaching.  Motivated by love for his discipline and his appreciation for Calvin College, Alan taught in the Biology Department for 35 years, where he specialized in the relationship of organisms to the environment. Genevieve taught in the upper elementary grades for Gebbenover 20 years in Grand Rapids Christian Schools.  The family's appreciation for Calvin runs deep, and they are eager to make that education available for others.  They have established this scholarship to promote the study of environmental biology and the development of a knowledge base for the wise stewardship of creation resources. 

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • Entering the junior or senior year
  • Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Science (Biology emphasis) major
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate some financial need
  • Recipients are expected to demonstrate an interest in the protection and preservation of the Earth’s environment and creatures. Recipients should be involved, or encouraged to be involved, in both curricular and extra-curricular activities that promote the scholarship’s goals.

William John Heule Memorial Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 1 renewal scholarship of $1,500 (one semester only)
1 new scholarship of $3,000

This scholarship was established to remember and honor the life of William John “Billy” Heule, beloved son, grandson, and friend to many, whose life was cut short by a tragic car accident when he was only 20.  Billy was an avid bass fisherman.  Upon graduating from high school, Billy joined a mission trip to Haiti.  There, in a small Heuleovercrowded church in the most destitute part of Port-Au-Prince, Billy experienced the presence of God in a powerful way and understood his calling in life.  While in Haiti, he also met the love of his life, a Canadian native who had been working in and orphanage there for nine months.  Despite full–time college, work and making plans to get married, Billy continued to be drawn to the water, as his passion for bass fishing never left him.  His family would like this scholarship to support a Calvin student who shares Billy’s love for bass fishing and the protection of in-land waters.

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • Entering the junior or senior year
  • Biology, Biotechnology, or Environmental Science (Biology emphasis) major
  • Demonstrate a passion for fishing (present or past membership in bass fishing clubs would have preference)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.3 or higher
  • Financial need is not required

Hazel Holtrop Natural Resources Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $2,000
Joel and Julie Holtrop established this scholarship to encourage Calvin students interested in a career in natural resources, to express appreciation for the foundational Christian education principles Calvin has provided in their lives and careers, and to honor the memory of Joel’s mother who played such a supportive role in launching him to natural resource leadership responsibilities.

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin Student entering their junior or senior year
  • Have an interest in a natural resource career such as forestry, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, hydrology, soil science, outdoor recreation, etc.
  • Have an interest in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, water sports, etc.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Some evidence of financial need

Martin and Frances Karsten Biology Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 3 scholarships of $2,900 each
Professor Martin Karsten was a member of the Biology Department KarstenKarstenfor thirty years until his retirement in 1975.  Professor Karsten had a love for plants and was an avid collector of wild flowers.  Many students who went on to study botany after graduating from Calvin owe their interest in botany to Professor Karsten.  In 1984 he, along with his wife Frances, set aside part of their estates to establish a scholarship for students in biology.

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • Entering the junior or senior year
  • Completed at least one year of study at Calvin college
  • Biology, Biotechnology or Environmental Science (Biology emphasis) major.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Some evidence of financial need

Bernard J. Ten Broek Biology Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $2,100
This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Bernard J. Ten Broek, who was a member of the Biology Department from 1955 until his retirement in 1989.  The scholarship honors the service of Dr. Ten TenbroekBroek and is intended to continue, in perpetuity, Dr. Ten Broek's efforts during his teaching career to promote excellence in the study and practice of biology. 

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • Entering the junior or senior year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Demonstrate interest in the area of animal biology (academic work, research experience, and jobs will be considered)
  • Intend to continue animal biology study in graduate school, not medical or dental school.
  • Preference will be given to Biology majors who demonstrate interest in developmental animal biology and/or animal genetics.
  • Some evidence of financial need

West Michigan Optometric Scholarship
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $2,500
West Michigan Optometric Scholarship recipientThis scholarship was established by a number of optometrists practicing in West Michigan who received and are appreciative of their pre-optometry training at Calvin College.  They also want to recognize the Biology Department for its commitment to pre-optometry students and for its high academic standards that integrate classroom, scholarly, technological and diverse research opportunities. Through this scholarship, the donors wish to encourage students to consider a career in optometry.

Selection Criteria

  • Current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • Entering their junior or senior year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Biology, Biotechnology or Biochemistry major intending to pursue a career in optometry
  • Some evidence of financial need

 

Awards

Biology awards are given to students after recommended by faculty.

Bernard J. TenBroek Excellence in Biology Research Award
At the time of his retirement from teaching, the Biology Department tenbroekestablished the TenBroek Award fund. This award is given to a student completing the senior year of study who has declared a major in biology and has completed at least three of these years at Calvin. The recipient must have demonstrated ability to do investigative work in the biological sciences and be completing applications for graduate studies.Tenbroek

Bernard J. TenBroek Excellence in Biology in Secondary Education Award
At the time of his retirement from teaching, the Biology Department established the TenBroek Award fund. This award is given to a student completing their senior year of study who has declared a major in biology and has fulfilled the requirements for certification in secondary education. The student must have completed at least three years of study at Calvin to be eligible for this award.

Apply

The application form for named biology scholarships are available online every year beginning January 1. Please go to Portal to complete the application. All current students who will be attending here next year are encouraged to apply.

2014 Scholarship Timeline

January 1 : applications are available
March 1: applications are due
Early April: recipients are notified

To apply

Go to the Calvin Portal> Services>Scholarships and Financial Aid> Upperclass Named Scholarship Application.

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