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2014-2015 Departmental Scholarships

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department awards several departmental scholarships each year to assist students with their education.

The Scholarships & Financial Aid office offers complete information about all Calvin scholarships. You can also search for scholarships for which you may be eligible.

New!! Incoming Freshman Scholarship
We are excited to announce a scholarship for incoming freshman called The Kurt Frisch Family Scholarship. Deadline for applications is February 15, 2014.


Scholarship information for the 2014-15 academic year.

February 1: Online application available
March 1: Applications are due
May 1: Scholarship recipients notified


The Dr. Robert J. Albers Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. Robert Albers for his years of teaching at Calvin College and for his contribution in establishing a program in biochemistry.

Amount
One $2,300 scholarship to be awarded for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • Biochemistry major
  • Entering Sophomore, Junior or Senior year
  • Cumulative GPA above 3.00
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Career interest in biochemistry (medical career does not qualify; not for pre-med students)
  • Must submit a one page (100-200 word) statement of interest in biochemistry and career plans in biochemistry


The John A. Bolt Memorial Scholarship

John A. Bolt, a Calvin graduate and a life long supporter of Calvin College, was a research chemist and Director of Research for the American Oil Company. He held over 20 patents. This scholarship has been established to honor his intense interest in encouraging young people to seek excellence in education and in his love for the field of science.

Amount
Three $2,100 scholarships to be awarded for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • Chemistry or Biochemistry major
  • Entering Junior or Senior year
  • Cumulative GPA above 3.00
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Career interest in science teaching or research preferred


The Peter and Margaret (Bell) DeHaan Chemistry Scholarship

Mrs. Margaret (Bell) DeHaan of Midland Park, New Jersey, has provided Calvin with a gift in memory of her late husband, Peter; providing scholarships for students in chemistry and biochemistry.

Amount
One $1,900 scholarship to be awarded for 2014-15

Criteria

  • Chemistry or Biochemistry major
  • Entering Junior or Senior year
  • Financial need may be considered


The Harley A. and Julia Janssen Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Harley A. and Julia Janssen of Ackley, Iowa. Harley embraced his lifetime vocation as a Christian farmer and he and Julia clearly understood the value of Christian higher education for the next generation as they find their lifelong vocations. The Janssens also recognized and valued the commitment and contributions of their daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jo and Larry Louters, to the mission of Calvin College.

Amount
One $1,800 scholarship to be awarded for 2014-15

Criteria

  • Chemistry or Biochemistry major or minor
  • Entering Junior or Senior year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Active in the life of their department
  • First preference will be given to a secondary education chemistry/biochemistry major or minor.
    Second preference will be given to a chemistry/biochemistry major planning to go to graduate school (not medical school) with intentions to teach at the collegiate level.
    Third preference will be given to a secondary education science major, interested in science education.

The Klanderman Family Scholarship

This scholarship has been established by Bruce and Alice Klanderman to recognize scholarship, hard work, and a disciplined approach to study. Bruce (Class of 1959) majored in chemistry at Calvin and Alice (Class of 1958) majored in Education. Bruce went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois before going to work in chemistry research and environmental technology management for the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York.

Amount
One $3,600 scholarship to be awarded for 2014-15

Criteria

  • Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering major
  • Entering Junior or Senior year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher
  • Prefer student who plans to attend graduate school


The McNamara Scholarship

This scholarship is established by Richard and JoAnne McNamara to honor their daughter Rachel, a 2004 biochemistry graduate.

Amount
One $3,200 scholarship to be awarded for 2014-15

Criteria

  • Female student entering Junior or Senior year
  • Chemistry or Biochemistry major
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Financial need is required
  • Preference given to a student in the honors program or who has been adopted
  • Automatically renewable if student maintains Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; thus, a new scholarship may not be awarded every year.


The Pfizer Scholarship

Pfizer Incorporated is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of pharmaceutical products. In 1999, two divisions of the company, Global Manufacturing and Global Research & Development, together made a
$1 million commitment to Calvin College; a portion was designated for scholarships for students interested in pursuring careers in the chemical sciences or chemical engineering.

Amount
Five $3,300 scholarships to be awarded for 2014-15

Criteria 

  • Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering major
  • Entering Junior or Senior year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Active in the life of their department


The Edwin and Eleanor Vrieland Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Edwin and Eleanor Vrieland to enable and encourage gifted students to pursue careers in chemistry or biochemistry at Calvin, as well as to help them develop a Christian world view. Edwin received an A.B. degree in chemistry from Calvin in 1959 and then a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northwestern University. Following graduation he enjoyed a rewarding career in research at Dow Chemical Company. Eleanor is a registered nurse and has worked as a visiting nurse and staff nurse in the Midland hospital.

Amount
One $2,100 scholarship to be awarded for 2014-15

Criteria

  • Chemistry or Biochemistry major
  • Entering Sophomore, Junior or Senior year
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Demonstrate Christian character and active in church activities.
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Automatically renewable if student maintains Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher


The Dr. Enno & Mrs. Lucile Wolthuis Chemistry Scholarship

Dr. Enno Wolthuis, Professor of Chemistry at Calvin College from 1949-1976 has established a scholarship fund for the benefit of chemistry majors who have an interest in pursuing a career in resarch and/or college-level teaching. Dr. Wolthuis always provided his students with an excellent example of what it is to be a teacher-researcher.

Amount
Two $2,600 scholarships to be awarded for 2014-15

Criteria

  • Chemistry or Biochemistry major
  • Entering Sophomore, Junior or Senior year
  • Cumulative GPA above 3.00
  • Preference given to students interested in pursuing a career in research or college-level teaching
  • Financial need may be considered

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Minors

Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry

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The application process is available online.

Go to Portal> Services> Scholarships & Financial Aid> Apply for Aid> Upperclass Named Scholarship Application to apply.

You may also be eligible for additional Science Division Scholarships

Calvin also offers named scholarships for both incoming freshman and returning students.

What to Know
Before Applying

A Chemistry or Biochemistry Major is Required
You must have the chemistry or biochemistry program listed on your AER in order to apply for our departmental scholarships. If you need to change your major on your AER, you must submit the Change of Major form to Academic Services before applying for our scholarships. Please note this form does not officially declare your major.

Faculty Recommendation Form Process
This process has been streamlined. Use the same faculty recommendation form for all scholarships you apply for, including departmental, science division and named scholarships. The program requires you enter email addresses for two faculty recommendations. Faculty will receive an automatic email regarding your request. You must contact these professors ahead of time to ask their willingness to complete a recommendation for you.

Two Faculty Recommendation Forms Required
Although the on-line program asks for one recommendation within your major and one from another instructor, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department prefers to receive two recommendations, when appropriate.