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New Incoming Freshman Scholarship

The department is pleased to announce The Kurt Frisch Family Scholarship for new incoming freshman in addition to the many departmental and college-wide scholarships available to our students.

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

2016 Scholarship Timeline

For Incoming Freshman Students

  • February 1: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scholarship applications are due
  • February 15: The Kurt Frisch Family Scholarship for incoming freshman applications are due
  • Late March: Recipients are notified

For Current Students

  • February 1: Applications are available
  • March 1: Applications are due
  • May 1: Recipients are notified

The Kurt Frisch Family Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dr. Kurt Frisch (1918-2000). Dr. Frisch did his undergraduate work at the University of Vienna, Austria. Expelled from the University for having a Jewish background, he was part of the underground resistance and escaped through Germany. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. from Columbia and worked at Wyandotte Chemical as Director of Polymer Research and Development until 1965. He finished his expert career at the University of Detroit, establishing and directing the Polymer Institute there. Dr. Frisch had over 70 U.S. patents and nearly 300 publications. Two of his three children studied at Calvin College. The Frisch Foundation supports students pursuing a career in polymer chemistry in gratitude for the scholarships and good Christian examples of the professors his sons experienced during their time at Calvin College.

One $4,000 scholarship to be awarded for 2016-2017


  • Entering freshman beginning Fall 2016
  • Planning to major in chemistry
  • Minimum GPA of 3.8 or higher
  • Scholarship is automatically renewable for the sophomore year if the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Financial need is not required, but there should be some evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses



Minor in Biochemistry

Minor in Chemistry



Scholarship for incoming freshman students: Download an application form, download a recommendation form and submit both by February 15.

More Scholarships

See the Howard Hughes Medical Institute four year scholarship for incoming freshman students planning to major in biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics and pursue a career in research or education. Application due February 1.

Current Students

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.