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The Bruce Dice Geology Scholarship

Year Established: 2012
Background:
Bruce Dice is deeply grateful for God’s immense blessings in his life.  He has done well professionally, and has given back, by serving the church and through generous giving.  But he is asking himself, “What can I do in addition to benefit others?  What can I do to spread the work of Christianity and to help someone who would love to study at Calvin, who is eager for what Christianity and Calvin have to offer?”  Articulate, intelligent, engaging Christians can make a tremendous impact on others because they can speak with insight and integrity.

This scholarship seeks to support a geology major who has a deep heart for Calvin and the way it prepares students to make an impact on others.  The student must be committed to take one course in Christian philosophy and stand ready to be counted as a spokesperson for God’s work in this world after graduation.

Amount : $3,750 (The scholarship is automatically renewable if the student continues to meet the above criteria, and service to the museum is satisfactory.)
Eligibility:

  • Student is a current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year.
  • Student is entering their junior or senior year.
  • Student is a Geology major with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Student is passionate about geology and can convey that to others.
  • Student has good communication skills. Because this person will often serve in the Bruce B. Dice Mineralogical Museum, she or he must be articulate and engaging in order to communicate well with visitors.
  • Student must work 8 hours per week in museum. These hours will be paid at an hourly wage and are in addition to the scholarship amount.
  • Student has strong commitment to the Christian faith and Calvin College, and a willingness to take a course in Christian philosophy.
  • Student expects to contribute to further science and faith discussions from a Christian standpoint following graduation.
  • Financial need is not required.

Applications due:

(See the Application and Recommendation Form for more details)

 

Jerrian (M.D.) and Anna (Terpstra) Van Dellen Geology Scholarship

Year Established: 2004
Background:
This GEO Department scholarship is given by Kenneth J. and Pearl Van Dellen in honor of Ken’s parents, who introduced him to the Creator and the creation. Ken [B.A., biology, Calvin 1958] began taking geology courses in 1962 and taught geology at Macomb Community College 1965-1999.
Amount :
One scholarship. $2350
Eligibility:
The scholarship is awarded to a Calvin student with junior or senior status, with a declared major in geology or environmental geology at the time of holding the scholarship. Students must apply to the Geology Department during their sophomore or junior year for the following year. A student is eligible to hold the scholarship for two years. Student applications for the scholarship will be assessed by the departmental geologists on the basis of academic potential, leadership ability, Christian character, and financial need. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
Applications due:
To apply or re-apply, use the Upper-class Named Scholarship Application available through the Calvin Portal in January.

Past Recipients


Clarence and Irene Menninga Geology Scholarship

Year Established: 1989
Background :
This GEO Department scholarship is given in honor of Clarence Menninga, Calvin's first geology professor. Previously a field camp scholarship, the Menninga Scholarship became an academic scholarship in 2007. Dr. Menninga was hired by Calvin in 1967 for the purpose of developing a geology program for the college. In the fall of 1968, the first Earth Science course was introduced at Calvin, and the first official geology course, Introduction to Physical Geology, was offered in the spring of 1969.
Amount :
One scholarship. $1800
Eligibility:
This academic scholarship is awarded to a Calvin student with junior or senior status, with a declared major in geology or environmental geology at the time of holding the scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students enrolling in a Calvin geology field methods course in years when this course if offered. Students must apply to the Geology Department during their sophomore or junior year for the following year. There is no minimum GPA required. Applications will be assessed by the departmental geologists on the basis of academic potential, leadership ability, Christian character, and financial need.
Applications due:
To apply or re-apply, use the Upper-class Named Scholarship Application available through the Calvin Portal in January.

Past Recipients


John and Lillian Van Oosten Scholarship

Background : This scholarship is a result of a bequest given to Calvin by the late Dr. John and Mrs. Lillian Van Oosten. Dr. Van Oosten spent 42 years in service to the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In the course of his career, he established a worldwide reputation as a fisheries scientist. He authored more than 90 scientific papers. Dr. Van Oosten's major interest throughout his long professional career was research on the Great Lakes and their fisheries. His interests also extended into fishery regulation and management. He was consulted regularly by fishery administrators of the Great Lakes states and belonged to numerous scientific and professional organizations. He was made a Distinguished Service Honorary Member by the American Fisheries Society in 1952, and on January 18, 1962, he received the Distinguished Service Citation of the U.S. Department of the Interior, with gold medal.
Amount :
Five scholarships of $2600
Eligibility:
This Science Division scholarship is awarded to students with junior or senior status, pursuing studies in the natural sciences, including geology and geography.
Application:
To apply or re-apply, use the Upper-class Named Scholarship Application available through the Calvin Portal in January.

Past Recipients


Hazel Holtrop Natural Resources Scholarship

Background: Joel and Julie Holtrop established this scholarship to encourage Calvin students interested in a career in natural resources, to express appreciation for the foundational Christian education principles Calvin has provided in their lives and careers, and to honor the memory of Joel's mother who played such a supportive role in launching him to natural resource leadership responsibilities.
Amount: $1500
Eligibility: Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who have an interest in a natural resource career such as forestry, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, hydrology, soil science, outdoor recreation, etc. They must also have an interest in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, water sports, etc. Requirements are a GPA of 2.50 or higher and evidence of financial need. Current recipients will be given equal consideration with other candidates.
Application: To apply or re-apply, use the Upper-class Named Scholarship Application available through the Calvin Portal in January.

Online application

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