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Scholarships for Economics Students

Named and Endowed Scholarships

The 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. Candidates must be full-time students entering their junior or senior year with a business or economics major and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates must be international students with financial need.
To apply: Use the Upper-class Named Scholarship application available through the Portal. One scholarship or $5,000 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. Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who are pursuing a business, economic, or IDS major or minor and who are planning to participate in a third world development program. They 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. There should be some evidence of financial need.
To apply: Application available online through IDS Department website. Renewable for summer internships following the semester abroad but not renewable for future years at Calvin. Two scholarships of $3,500 each were awarded for 2013-2014.
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. Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who are pursuing some combination of degrees (majors and/or minors) in IDS, business or economics. They must be able to articulate a personal testimony and a potential calling for using business gifts/skills in developing countries. Participation in an off-campus semester program in a developing country is required. There should be some evidence of financial need.
To apply: Application available online through the IDS Department website. Not renewable.
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. Ed was an extraordinarily gifted man and he was blessed in his life with many successes, but he acknowledged that these blessings came from God's hand and not his own and that he had been entrusted with them so that he could share them with others. He was known to offer encouragement, wise counsel and soft-spoken challenges. As he was preparing to leave this world Ed said, "It has always been my prayer that others can see God's grace by how I live." Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who are majoring in business or economics. Preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership potential and a desire to serve God and community through business, economics or public service. Requirements are a GPA of 3.00 or higher and financial need.
To apply or re-apply: Use the Upper-class Named Scholarship Application available through the Portal in January. Current recipients will be given equal consideration with other candidates. One scholarship of $2,400 was awarded for 2013-2014.
International Opportunities Scholarship 
Mr. Shane Schaap and Mrs. Melissa De Jong Schaap have been blessed by their experiences abroad. This scholarship was established to encourage Calvin students to participate in a semester or year abroad program and to use their experience to expand their cultural sensitivity, to pursue activities or employment with cross-cultural opportunities, and to grow in their faith and commitment to sharing Christ with people of all nations. Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who are participants in a Calvin semester abroad program (Britain, China, Honduras, Hungary, France, or Spain). They must be pursuing a major in history, political science, economics, or communications. They must also plan to work in the international scene and be committed to serving Christ and integrating their faith with their studies. A GPA of 3.00 or higher is required. Financial need may be considered. Applicants must write a brief essay about their career goals and how this scholarship will help them achieve their goals. At completion of the recipient's semester abroad, a short paper on his or her experience will be submitted to the donor.
To apply: Application available online from Off-Campus Programs. Not renewable.
Laurie Ellen Mervenne Scholarship for Women in Economics
When Laurie Mervenne attended Calvin College, there were very few women students pursuing careers in the field of business and economics. 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 bright young women not only to go into the field of private or public business, but to seek leadership positions in those businesses and corporations as well by "dreaming big and thinking out of the box." Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who are pursuing an economics major. Requirements are a GPA of 3.00 or higher and evidence of financial need. Preference will be given to those who "dream big and think out of the box." First preference is given to economics majors; however students with an economics minor may be considered if they meet the above criteria.
To apply or re-apply: Apply online through the Portal Named Scholarships application. Students who wish to be considered for renewal must file a new application each year and will be given equal consideration with other candidates. One scholarship of $5,500 was awarded for 2013-2014.
Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship
Barbara and Lyle Voskuil are both graduates of Calvin. Lyle appreciates the acceptance and encouragement which allowed him to receive a fine education and thus have a rewarding career. Barbara wishes to show her appreciation for the quality liberal arts education which enabled her to have a 30 year teaching career. Lyle is especially appreciative of Professor Holstege. Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who are majoring in economics or political science. Preference is given to students who are interested in international and global relationships and values and how the world can work together (includes economics, law, finance, health care, education, etc). Preference is also given to students who can look at these qualities in a global perspective. Requirements are a GPA of 3.00 or higher and evidence of financial need.
To apply or re-apply: Paper applications are available from the Economics Department and the Political Science Department or download here. Automatically renewable with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. One scholarships of $2,700 was awarded for 2013-2014.