Ralph Stob and Boertje Family Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Michelle Boertje Scripps to honor four generations of family members who are closely connected to Calvin: Mr. Ralph Stob (great-grandfather), Rev. Paul and Mrs. Lois (Stob) Boertje (grandparents), Mr. David and Mrs. Linda Boertje (parents), and Michelle. When Michelle's father, David, died unexpectedly at the age of 57, Michelle decided to establish this scholarship to honor him and the family's ties to Calvin. Because several in her family valued Latin as important for understanding the English language and the roots of much of our culture, learning, and religious heritage, the goal of this scholarship is to encourage students to consider and prepare for a career in teaching Latin. Candidates are students entering any class level at Calvin who are majoring or planning to major in classics or Latin, with preference given to students interested in teaching Latin. Financial need is not required. No separate application is required. Automatically renewable if the student continues to be interested in teaching Latin and maintains an appropriate GPA as determined by the Classics Department. One scholarship of $1,700 was awarded for 2013-2014.
Bruce and Esther (VanManen) Drukker Family Scholarship
Steve and Nancye Drukker established this scholarship in honor of Steve's parents Bruce and Esther (VanManen) Drukker. Bruce, a third generation Calvin student, went on to medical school at Cornell University and rose to department chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Michigan State University. Esther was the first member of her family to go to college and graduated from Calvin with a degree in education. Steve and Nancye wish to honor Esther and the support she gave her husband while raising their three children. Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year. First preference is given to students pursuing a classical languages major. Additional preference is given to students pursuing a degree in Secondary Education in addition to a degree in classical languages. There must be some evidence of financial need. No separate application required. Automatically renewable if the student continues to make satisfactory academic progress. One scholarship of $1,900 was awarded for 2013-2014.
Ernest Van Vugt Family Scholarship
Ernest Van Vugt was a distinguished Professor of Latin and classical mythology at Calvin from 1955 to 1977 and also served as Registrar of the college from 1972 until his retirement in 1987. A veteran of the Navy Air Corps during World War II, Professor Van Vugt graduated from Calvin in 1954 and earned a master's degree in Latin from the University of Michigan. He was a much loved teacher and colleague, memorable for his calm and gracious temperament, his fine wit, his commitment to excellence, and his deep love for language and the liberal arts. He pioneered the teaching of classical mythology at Calvin, now a centerpiece of classical studies; but even more admirably he led a generation of young people to grasp the power of Vergil's poetry and the value of ancient wisdom in the formation of the Christian mind. Family and friends of Professor Van Vugt established this scholarship as a memorial to his love for the classics, Calvin and its Lord, and as an encouragement to future students in the disciplines he held so dear. Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who are pursuing a classics major or who have a special interest in the classics. Requirements are a GPA of 3.30 or higher and evidence of financial need. No separate application is required. Candidates will be nominated and selected by the Classics Department. Not renewable. One scholarship of $2,500 was awarded for 2013-2014.
Richard and Sylvia Wevers Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Richard and Sylvia Wevers because they are convinced of the need for vigorous theological training of students preparing for the Christian ministry and of the central place of Biblical textual studies for doing sound theology. In the course of his 35-year career as a professor of classics where he helped train countless pre-seminarians in Greek, Richard Wevers and his wife Sylvia both developed the conviction that early and thorough study of the Greek language is indispensable for effective textual study of the Bible and that the benefits of understanding the culture, ideals, and history of the world in which the Septuagint was disseminated and the New Testament was written are invaluable. Candidates are Calvin students entering their senior year who are students of Greek and majoring in a program in the Classics Department. They must be seriously committed to Christian ministry in the Christian Reformed Church and be planning to receive their seminary education at Calvin Theological Seminary. A GPA of 3.30 or higher is required. Financial need is not required. No application is required. Not renewable. One scholarship of $2,200 was awarded for 2013-2014.