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Business scholarships

"Average Joe" Scholarship

This scholarship was originally funded by Joe and Keri Westra. Generous additional funding has been provided by Drew and Evie In't Hout DeVries and Chris and Heidi Hoving Hofstra. The intention of this scholarship is to reward a hardworking business student whose grades would not typically merit a scholarship.  In the business world, GPA will not be the only factor that determines success.  Here’s to your hard work, determination, and creativity!

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: between 2.7 and 3.2
Financial need: considered but not required as defined by the government
Other: preference will be given to students who are highly motivated and demonstrate evidence of an entrepreneurial interest and understanding
Amount: one scholarship of $4,450 was awarded for 2013-2014

Business as Mission Scholarship

This scholarship was established by a family who desires to promote the worldview that business and economics as a calling can be used to expand and promote God's kingdom. This scholarship is given to strengthen a business student's passion, calling and understanding of how business and economics can be used for spreading the gospel, promoting justice, alleviating poverty and improving lives.

Majors
: a degree that combines a business, economic, or IDS major or minor
Class level: entering their junior or senior year full-time
Financial need: evident
Other: must be planning to participate in either the Honduras semester abroad program in the fall semester or the Thailand semester abroad program during the spring semester, must also be able to articulate a personal testimony and a potential calling for using business skills in developing countries. Candidates applying to study in Honduras must be conversationally competent in Spanish as demonstrated by proficiency of course work in either Spanish 201 or 123 or their equivalent.
Amount: two scholarships of $3,500 each were awarded for 2013-2014

*The application for this scholarship will be available through the IDS Program Director early in the spring term. Renewable for summer internships following the semester abroad but not renewable for future years at Calvin.

International Development Studies Scholarships

Business/International Development Scholarship

As an alumnus of Calvin College, it is the desire of the donor to support a student's exploration of a business calling to expand and promote God's kingdom in a developing country. This scholarship is given to strengthen a student's passion, calling and understanding of how business and economics can be used for spreading the gospel, promoting justice, alleviating poverty and improving lives in the developing world.

Majors
: combination of degrees (majors and/or minors) in IDS, business or economics
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
Financial need: evident
Other: must be able to articulate a personal testimony and a potential calling for using business gifts/skills in developing countries. Participation in an approved off-campus semester program is required.
Amount: no award was made for 2013-2014

* Application is available from the IDS Program Director early in the spring term. Not renewable.

International Development Studies Scholarships

Clarence and Nelly Battjes Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1988, the Clarence and Nelly Battjes Memorial Scholarship is a two-year scholarship awarded to qualified students who have chosen business as their major.  Mr. Battjes was a businessman who attended Calvin College from 1924-1925.  In the early portion of his career, he worked for Consumers Power Company and eventually left its employ to work for small business.  In 1949, he organized an auto dealership for himself which he owned until his death in 1963.  His wife, Nelly, formed this scholarship in his memory in hopes of encouraging other Calvin students in their pursuit of business knowledge.

Majors
: Business with a focus on business administration
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required as defined by the government
Other: leadership skills and a demonstrated a commitment to
serve others
Amount: two scholarships of $2,300 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Edward W. Berends Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established with a gift from the estate of Edward W. Berends following his death in 2009 from cancer.  A 1972 graduate of Calvin College, Ed lived his faith as a partner at Berends, Hendricks, Stuit Insurance in Grandville for over 30 years.  As a leader in the community, he served as a board member and volunteer with several not-for-profits.  He loved his family, his work, and his employees, colleagues and clients.  He saw his role in business and within the wider community as one of service to God and neighbors. 

Majors
: Business or Economics
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: required as defined by the government
Other: preference will be given to students who demonstrate leadership potential and a desire to serve God and community through a career in business, economics, or public service
Amount: one scholarship of $4,800 was awarded in 2013-2014

John and Judith Bielema Business Scholarship

This scholarship is established by Mr. and Mrs. John and Judith Bielema of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  John and Judith are both alumni of Calvin and are strong supporters of a Christian Liberal Arts Education.

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: demonstrate promise of leadership and the ability to integrate Christianity within the chosen field of study.
Amount: one scholarship of $2,000 was awarded for 2013-2014

Janet Andre' Bootsma Scholarship for Women Students in Business

Jan (nee Roelfsema) Bootsma, an alumna of Calvin with a degree in Medical Technology, was blessed by God with an entrepreneurial mind and a calling to the world of for-profit business, with a generous heart for not-for-profit organizations. She wishes to encourage young women to pursue their interests and calling in business and to enter the entrepreneurial world of self-employment.

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: required as defined by the government
Other: must be a female who has demonstrated a strong desire to be involved in the for-profit business area.
Amount: two scholarships of $2,300 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Lawrence D. Bos, Sr. Family Scholarship

Mr. Lawrence D. Bos, Sr., and his family, from Grand Rapids, have established this scholarship to recognize and encourage deserving students in the field of Business to promote responsible Christian conduct in their business life and in their contribution to the economic and spiritual well-being of their community. Mr. Bos spent his entire career in life insurance, specializing in Business and Estate Planning with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network as a Senior Financial Representative and Chartered Life Underwriter.

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.5 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required as defined by government
Other: preference will be given to candidates who are interested in entering the life insurance field
Amount: three scholarships of $2,200 each were awarded for
2013-2014

John D. and Beth E. Bouws Family Scholarship

Dr. John and Mrs. Beth Bouws wish to honor their children who, like their father, have attended Calvin College.  Douglas attended Calvin Seminary and Robert, Brent and Kara attended Calvin College.  This scholarship has been established in gratitude for the outstanding Christian education that the family has received at Calvin College and Calvin Seminary. 

Majors
: Business or Engineering (with the selection to alternate yearly between the two)
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: not required
Other: must be involved with on-campus activities and should demonstrate a strong Christian character
Amount: one scholarship of $1,750 was awarded for 2013-2014

Margaret and Douglas Bush Family Business Scholarship

The Bush Family has provided Calvin College with funds to encourage worthy students to prepare for positions in business and business education.

Majors
: Business or Business Education
Class level: have completed at least one year of study at
Calvin College enrolling full-time
GPA: 2.5 or higher
Financial need: not required
Other: diligence, character, commitment to service of the Lord and mankind, and promise of growth
Amount: three scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Gordon and Rose Buter Business Administration Scholarship

This scholarship has been established by the Gordon Buter Family of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The Buters’ love for Calvin has been demonstrated by the financial support they have provided to the college over the years.  In addition, Gordon actively supported the college as a member of the Alumni Association, a faculty member, a member of the Board of Trustees, and as a fund raiser.

Majors
: Business with a focus on administration
Class level: entering senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Amount: two scholarships of $2,400 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Frank and Bernice Deppe Family Scholarship

Frank and Bernice Deppe have been long-time supporters of Christian education and of Calvin College.  Three of their four children have attended Calvin and it is their sincere hope and desire that their grandchildren will become students at Calvin as well.  Mr. Deppe owned and operated a construction and tool equipment business for most of his working career.

Majors
: Business with a focus on administration
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: preference will be given to students interested in pursuing a career in sales and marketing
Amount: two scholarships of $2,200 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Deb Deters Business Scholarship

Deb Deters established this scholarship to support female graduates of Hudsonville Unity Christian High School who desire to enter the business world after attending Calvin. Deb has been blessed in her business career and is interested in sharing her blessings with female students planning to pursue a career in business. Deb was positively influenced by her mother who took over the family business after her husband died. The core values that Deb learned from her mom, the church, the Christian school, and her professors at Calvin have enabled her to put her faith into action in the business world. Recipients are selected by Unity Christian High School.

Majors
: Business
Class level: not specified
GPA: 2.8 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government defintion
Other: must be a female graduate of Unity Christian High School with strong business skills and an entrepreneurial interest
Amount:

DJV Future Business Leader Scholarship

Derek and Jennifer VerMeulen established this scholarship to give back and positively influence a Calvin student by providing financial assistance as well as mentoring the student for the working world.

Majors
: Business with an interest in the financial markets
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: shows hard work, initiative, and leadership in and out of the classroom. Demonstrates strong Christian character and a desire to model their Christianity in their work.  Interested in a possible mentoring relationship with the donor.
Amount: One scholarship of $2,000 was awarded for 2013-2014

DeVos Business Scholarship

Dick and Betsy DeVos established this scholarship for students committed to Christian leadership and concerned about the changing needs of the international and global business community. Students majoring in business or economics should support Biblical moral and ethical standards and be committed to a system that promotes or encourages free enterprise.

Majors
: Business or Economics
Class level: entering first year full-time
GPA: 3.30 (high school)
Financial need: evident
Other: preference given to first generation college students
Amount:

*No separate application required. Automatically renewable for up to three years with a GPA of 2.50 of higher and if the recipient continues to pursue a degree in economics or business.

J. Herman and N. Lucile Fles Family Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. J. Herman and N. Lucile Fles of Grand Rapids, Michigan attended Christian schools in Grand Rapids and graduated from Calvin College.  They were both active and loyal supporters of the Grand Rapids Christian Schools and Calvin College and believed strongly in the value of a Christian education.  Mr. Fles was also actively involved in supporting the Michigan Colleges Foundation, an organization of private, liberal arts colleges in Michigan.  Mr. Fles spent his entire working career with Associated Truck Lines Inc. in Grand Rapids, and was a Chairman of the Board when he retired after more than 50 years in business.  The family has chosen this scholarship as a tangible expression of their continued love for and dedication to a Christian liberal arts education.

Majors
: Business with a focus on administration
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: first consideration will be given to students who are graduates of Grand Rapids Christian High School
Amount: five scholarships of $2,600 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Tom and Mickie Fox Family Scholarship

Tom and Mickie Fox are deeply invested in the West Michigan community.  The Fox Family has been in the retail jewelry business in Grand Rapids since 1917.  The Foxes recognize that it is both a privilege and a duty to share their resources, and they believe it is important to serve and benefit the community in which they live.  As they put it, “It’s our way of saying thank you.”  Because higher education is valuable to the young people of West Michigan, they are setting up this scholarship to encourage them on their way.

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: minimum of 2.5
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Amount: one scholarship of $3,200 was awarded for 2013-2014

Marsha Greenwood Memorial Scholarship

Marsha Greenwood’s two children are graduates of Calvin College with degrees in Business and Education.  Mrs.  Greenwood desired that a bequest from her estate be used to establish a scholarship.

Majors
: Business or Education (alternating annually)
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time (Post BA students pursuing teaching certification are eligible for this scholarship in years when the Education Department is making this award)
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Amount: no award for 2013-2014

Chris Gronsman Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Anamarie Stegink Gronsman and Carl and Sandy Gronsman to honor the life of her husband and their son, Christopher Gronsman, who died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 32. Chris graduated from Calvin in 1995 with a major in accounting. He was an outstanding individual whose passion for life and love for his Lord were evident to all. It is the family's wish that this scholarship assist upperclass students who are majoring in business or accounting to give them an opportunity to develop business skills based on a Christian foundation.

Majors: Business or Accounting
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: not specified
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: demonstrate strong Christian principles, integrity, outstanding people skills, community involvement and concern for quality and ethical work in the financial field
Amount: one scholarship of $1,300 was awarded for 2013-2014

Haralakova Family Scholarship

The Haralakova Family Scholarship was established by Plamena (Pam) Haralakova, ’05, to honor her grandmother Penka, who passed away in 2007.  Her grandmother believed in the value of higher education, even though she only had finished eighth grade.  Penka encouraged her grandchildren to pursue excellence and to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them.

Majors: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.2 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: have an entrepreneurial spirit as demonstrated by membership in on-campus clubs such as the Entrepreneur’s Club or by participation in Biz Plan or other activities
Amount: one scholarship of $1,000 was awarded for 2013-2014

James R. Hertel Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. Hertel, an alumnus of Calvin living in Holland, Michigan, and is given in gratitude for the education he received at Calvin College.  The purpose of the scholarship is to enable students to secure a fine education and to allow them the opportunity to succeed in their business career.

Majors
: Business or Economics
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 2.7 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: preference will be given to students who are highly motivated and working up to their potential but do not necessarily have the highest grade point average
Amount: two scholarships of $1,950 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Janson Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Dan Janson was an outstanding athlete and scholarship recipient at Ohio State University, until he was injured and could no longer compete.  Dan came to Calvin for his senior year and made a number of friends as well as discovering his calling.  Dan is an entrepreneur and wants to help Calvin students who have the same type of calling.  He has agreed to mentor the recipient as well as assist the student financially.

Majors
: Business with a desire to start his/her own business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition

Krombeen/Mastandrea Business Scholarship

Dave and Jane Krombeen have been blessed by God with three daughters as well as success in business. They attribute their success to their faith in God and the Christian leadership and teaching that the girls had throughout their formative years. This scholarship is their way of passing on the favor to female business majors.

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior year full-time
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: female who is outgoing, relational, and caring of others
Amount: one scholarship of $2,300 was awarded for 2013-2014

Jay and Martina Kuiper Family Business Scholarship

This scholarship was established to demonstrate Jay and Martina Kuiper's support for Calvin. Calvin has shaped the lives of their children and grandchildren. The Kuiper family believes that to carry out the work of Christ, young adults must be prepared to become part of the world. Students who seriously consider how their knowledge in business will provide them opportunities to carry out the great commission are encouraged to apply.

Majors
: Business with a minor in Information Systems
Class level: entering sophomore, junior, or senior year full-time
GPA: 2.5 or higher
Financial need: required as defined by government
Other: must demonstrate a commitment to their faith through their actions
Amount: one scholarship of $2,200 was awarded for 2013-2014

John and Marge Kuyers Family Scholarship

This scholarship has been established to encourage students planning a career in business administration or accounting.

Majors
: Business with a focus on administration or Accounting
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 2.7 or higher
Financial need: demonstrate definite financial need
Other: entering the business world with a Christian commitment to high ethical and moral standards in the work place
Amount: four scholarships of $2,400 each were awarded for 2013-2014

Laurie Ellen Mervenne Scholarship for Women in Business

When Laurie Mervenne attended Calvin College, there were few women students pursuing careers in the field of business. Trained as a stock broker, Laurie moved up the ranks from Kelly Girl to sales representative at Hudson's Department Store into a management position at Mervenne Beverage, a distributing company that her father started from the ground up many years earlier. Through the establishment of this scholarship, Laurie wishes to encourage young women not only to go into the field of public or private business, but to seek leadership positions in those businesses and corporations as well by "dreaming big and thinking outside the box."

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: between 3.0 and 3.3
Financial need: not required as defined by government programs, but some evidence that scholarship is needed to meet educational expenses
Amount: one scholarship of $5,500 was awarded for 2013-2014

Michigan Industrial Tools Pathway to Business Possibilities Scholarship

Attallah Amash is a Palestinian immigrant and West Michigan businessman. Sponsored by a church in Muskegon, MI, he and his entire family immigrated to the United States in 1956. Mr. Amash is the owner of Michigan Industrial Tools, in Grand Rapids, MI, which has become a leading supplier of hand tools to hardware stores and retail chains throughout the United States. He has high personal and family standards that he wants to exemplify within his business. The Amash family has been impressed with the type of student that graduates from Calvin. They would like to provide an environment for Calvin students to learn business from a Christian perspective while becoming familiar with the culture of their company and assisting in the next phase of its growth, both domestically and internationally. This scholarship involves mentoring from the company officers, an offer of a paid internship at the conclusion of the first semester, an opportunity for a paid summer job following the internship, and consideration for a career at the company upon graduation.

Majors
: Business or business related major, such as communications or engineering
Class level: entering their junior or senior full-time
Financial need: evident
Other: must be intending to go into for-profit business.
Amount:

Willard and Twylla VanderMolen Nieboer Family Scholarship

Twylla VanderMolen Nieboer ('62) and Willard Neiboer ('61) have established this scholarship in gratitude for the influence of Calvin College in their lives and int he lives of their three daughters, who also graduation for Calvin, and for Christian education the lives of their grandchildren. Twylla worked in the Calvin College Alumni Office for 22 years, maintaining the alumni records for the college. Through this work came a deeper appreication for the Calvin community established to shape hearts and minds for Christian service. God has blessed them to be able to provide this scholarship, through which they hope to help future generations of students share in the Calvin experience, and through a Christ-centered education acquire skills for success as Christian servant-leaders.
Majors: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: between 3.0 and 3.3
Financial need: financial need as defined by government programs is required
Amount:

Henrietta and Charles Nyenhuis Scholarship

Henrietta Nyenhuis established this scholarship in memory of her late husband, Charles, a hard-working entrepreneur who owned an auto-body repair shop and loved sports. Henrientta wishes to honor him by encouraging a like-minded business student who hopes to eventually start a business of his or her own.
Majors: Business with interest in owning a small business
Class level: entering sophomore, junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 2.7 minimum
Financial need: financial need as defined by government programs is required
Other: first preference will be given to graduates of Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, MI
Amount: one award of $2,800 was given for 2013-2014

Pathways to Business Scholarship

Rick and Deb Start have experienced remarkable growth in their business during the past decade. They give all the credit to God. It is their intention to help a student in three ways: financially, mentoring and providing an internship. The goal of this scholarship is to equip academically qualified students to fulfill their kingdom calling by bringing glory to God through a career in business.

Majors
: Business or business related, such as communications or engineering
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
Financial need: evident
Other: intend to use skills in a for-profit business. This scholarship includes a provision for mentoring with the owner during the fall semester as well as a paid internship during the spring semester.
Amount:

Rietberg Family Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Gerald R. Rietberg family of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Dr. and Mrs. Rietberg have been strong supporters of Calvin over the years and they and their children are all Calvin alumni.  Dr. Rietberg is a retired dentist having spent his entire career in Grand Rapids. 

Majors
: Business and/or Public Administration
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: planning to participate in a service-orientated program sponsored by the Business or Economics Departments such as the internship program or the cooperative education program.  Preference will be given to students who have participated in volunteer or extra-curricular activities related to their field of study.
Amount: one scholarship of $2,800 was awarded for 2013-2014

Roels Business Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Shirley and John Roels when Shirley was a faculty member of the Business Department. It is meant to assist business students whose pre-college support has been limited because of economic, social, educational, or familial factors. This scholarship was established to encourage such students to follow their sense of Christian calling to business and practice.

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.3 or higher
Financial need: not required
Other: be a 1st generation college student and show potential for leadership within the fields of business and economics
Amount: two scholarships of $500 each were awarded for 2013-2014

Loren and Dian Rupke Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Loren and Dian Rupke to provide an education for students adhering to Christian principles that can be used in the everyday life of the business world.

Majors
: Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definiton
Amount: one scholarship of $2,600 each was awarded for
2013-2014

Garry and Gladys Schuil Business Scholarship

To honor five generations of entrepreneurial spirit, including a successful import business, a first of its kind at the time, Gladys Schuil and her daughters established this business scholarship. It is their wish to recognize husband, father, and grandfather, Garry Schuil and the extended family's involvement in business ventures.

Major
: Business
Class level: entering sophomore, junior, or senior year full-time
Financial need: required as defined by government
Other: willing to be mentored by a member of the family
Amount: one scholarship of $2,000 was awarded for 2013-2014

Myrna Suparta - Bernard Huang Scholarship

Myrna Suparta, who is originally from Indonesia, went to Calvin College during the economic crisis in Asia. She felt very blessed by the donors who contributed to her scholarships during her school years at Calvin so that she could graduate, find a job and become a CPA. As a token of appreciation, Myrna, and her husband Bernard Huang, would like to help Calvin students with similar backgrounds. They established this scholarship to encourage minority students who are majoring in Business or Economics. This scholarship alternates between the Business Dep't and the Economics Dep't.
Major: Business or Economics
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: minimum 3.0
Financial need: required as defined by government
Other: must be an international student
Amount: one scholarship of $5,000 was awarded for 2013-2014 to an economics student

Charles J. and Marianne Stehouwer Business Scholarship

Chuck and Marianne Stehouwer have been blessed in their marriage as well as in their careers. Chuck, a 1965 Calvin alumni, graduated with a degree in accounting and successfully worked his way through the ranks until he became a managing partner of a well known Grand Rapids accounting firm. He has hired many Calvin graduates through the years and would like to encourage students to pursue a career in business or accounting. The Stehouwers have seen the increased emphasis on getting and maintaining a high grade point average, often at the expense of achieving "hands on" knowledge. They also realize that there are some excellent students that will become fine employees, managers, and potential owners of businesses that don't necessarily have a high GPA. The Stehouwer scholarship is targeted toward the student that has high potential to become an entrepreneur and has a wide variety of interests. The GPA is less important than the potential to influence and lead.

Major
: Business or Accounting
Class level: entering junior year full-time
GPA: must demonstrate improvement
Financial need: not required
Other: leadership ability should be evidenced by activities outside the classroom such as volunteer work or summer employment
Amount:

*No separate application is required. This scholarship is automatically renewable if the student continues to show improvement semester by semester.

Jacob & Jenny Tuinstra Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Ms. Doris Tuinstra of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in honor of her parents, Jacob and Jennie Tuinstra.  Ms. Tuinstra was an active member of the business community in Grand Rapids for many years.  Scholarships will be awarded to encourage good students, especially women, to pursue careers in business.

Majors
: Business, Social science group major with business emphasis, Mathematics/Business group major, Accountancy
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
Financial aid: evident but not required by government definition
Other: awarded primarily on basis of student's academic record, motivation, and potential for Christian service in business; preference given to female student with interest in management and personnel
Amount: one scholarship of $3,500 was awarded for 2013-2014

Gordon and Joyce Van Beek Scholarship

This scholarship was established to express the gratitude of Gordon and Joyce Van Beek of Spring Lake, Michigan, for God’s many blessings throughout their lives.  Mr. Van Beek and three of his children attended Calvin College.  Mr. and Mrs. Van Beek have volunteered countless hours serving their church and other charitable organizations.

Majors
: Business (planning on pursuing a career in banking or sales)
Class level: entering sophomore, junior, or senior year
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: preference will be given to students who demonstrate a commitment to serving others by participating in volunteer activities in the community
Amount: one scholarship of $2,100 was awarded for 2013-2014

Charles J. VanDenBerg Family Business Scholarship

The family of Charles J. VanDenBerg has been greatly blessed by God with both spiritual growth and as trustees of His financial resources. They are grateful to be able to share these resources with those who display financial need. They also feel it is the responsibility of each Christian to influence and change the world by being a beacon of light to the world. To this end, they would like to encourage the continuing conversation on what it means to be a Christian in business.

Majors
: Business only (not Economics, Accounting, or Business Group)
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Amount: one scholarship of $2,000 was awarded for 2013-2014

Herbert and Doris Vander Mey Scholarship

Herbert and Doris Vander Mey are long-time residents of Grand Rapids where, since 1944, Herbert served in management and executive capacities with the Michigan Wheel Corporation.  He was President of the corporation from 1971 until his retirement in 1896.  The Vander Meys are members of the LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church and have always been active in community affairs.  Their personal Christian commitments lead them to the conviction that Christian leadership is needed in all areas of human endeavor.  Partially, because of Mr. Vander Mey’s long tenure in corporate management, the Vander Mey’s have a keen interest in promoting creative approaches to meeting management needs in a changing global society with an increasingly worldwide and free market.

Majors
: Business or Economics
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Other: demonstrate the potential to use creative approaches in addressing the management and economic needs of a changing global society
Amount: three scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Randall K. Vander Weele Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been established in memory of Randall K. Vander Weele, a 1981 Calvin graduate who was tragically killed shortly after graduation in an automobile collision with a drunken driver. 

Majors
: Business or Accounting
Class level: entering senior year full-time
Financial need: not required
Other: pursuing a career in business
Amount: two scholarships of $5,000 each were awarded for 2013-2014

Kenneth J. Van Spronsen Memorial Business Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Kenneth J. Van Spronsen by his wife, family, and friends. Ken, a 1989 graduate of Calvin, was ambitiously pursuing a business career when he was tragically killed in an automobile accident in October 1992.

Majors
: Business or group major with emphasis on Business
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 2.7 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: exhibits initiative in pursuing experience related to their major through activities such as an internship, part-time job, summer jobs, and/or extracurricular activities
Amount: two scholarships of $2,150 each were awarded for 2013-2014

The Van Tuinen Family Scholarship

Calvin provided a Christ-centered education that was instrumental in the lives of both Matt and Tricia Van Tuinen. The education was exceptional but even ore influential was the community of believers (students, faculty and advisors) that provided an arena for them to grow, develop and thrive during extremely formative years. The Van Tuinens' established this scholarship to provide an opportunity for a student to attend Calvin so they may experience that same world.

Majors: Business major with marketing concentration
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: financial need as defined by government programs is required
Amount: one scholarship of $2,500 was awarded for 2013-2014

Bernard Vellenga, Jr. Scholarship

Bernard Vellenga, Jr. was raised in the Roseland are of Chicago and entered the family business after his junior year of college.  Eventually, he became president of the company and a recognized national leader in the industry and trade associations.  He continued in this position until his untimely death at age 50 in 1956.  However, his career became secondary as his Christian witness and desire to tell others of the saving grace of Jesus Christ took prominence.  He also recognized the value of a Christian college degree in the development of young people desiring to pursue a business career.  Therefore, this scholarship was established by his wife, Grace Dykstra Vellenga Hoven, and her twin sons David Bernard and Daniel Richard, and their families in recognition of his Christian witness, example, and desire to help Christian young people pursue their goals in the business and economics life of our culture.

Majors
: Business with a focus on administration or Accounting
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required by government definition
Other: preference will be given to students who have been involved in volunteer and extracurricular activities and to those who demonstrate the ability to express the importance of their Christian faith in their lives
Amount: two scholarships of $2,400 each were awarded for
2013-2014

Vrieland Family Business and Music Scholarship

Curtis and the late Nancy Vrieland established this scholarship for those seeking a business degree (marketing, finance, accounting, economics, etc.) who also show a proficiency and interest in music (instrumental or voice). This scholarship is a reflection of Curtis and Nancy's 50+ years of contribution and involvement with the business world while remaining involved praising God through music. Music adds much to the beauty of worshipping our Lord in our churches; in addition, persons of strong business background often make substantial contributions as deacons, elders and school board members.

Majors
: Business or Economics
Class level: any
GPA: 3.2 or higher
Financial need: not required
Other: must be seeking a career in some aspect of business and they must be involved with some aspect of music while at Calvin.
Amount:
*No application required for students entering their first year at Calvin. To apply, returning students should use the Upper-class Named Scholarship Application available through KnightVision in January. Automatically renewable with a GPA of 3.20 or higher.

Scholarship for Women in Business

This scholarship has been established by Barbara and Mel VanderBrug of Detroit, Michigan.  They wish to encourage Christian women to pursue education directed towards business careers and to consider opportunities in for-profit enterprises.  In particular, they would like to expose women students to the potential benefits of becoming an entrepreneur, not only to create wealth, but also to provide solutions to the society’s problems and simultaneously provide employment opportunities for others.  A possible mentoring relationship with the donor is part of this scholarship.

Majors
: Business, with preference to small business or entrepreneurial interests
Class level: entering junior or senior year full-time
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Financial need: evident but not required as defined by government
Amount: one scholarship of $10,000 was awarded for 2013-2014

 

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How to apply

Watch for online application instructions in January.