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Tuition & Scholarships: Graduate Program Named Scholarships

This page provides information about various scholarship opportunities that can help cover the costs of graduate education at Calvin College, including both scholarships offered by Calvin and external scholarship sources.

Calvin College Scholarships:

External Scholarship Opportunities

 

Calvin College Scholarships

The Graduate Program offers four named scholarships in order to provide financial assistant to students who have been accepted into one of the degree seeking programs. All students who are eligible are encouraged to apply

The Corrine E. Kass Graduate Studies Scholarship

In honor of Corrine E. Kass who administered the graduate studies program at Calvin from 1984-1992 this scholarship was established for the purpose of assisting experienced teachers to return to full or part-time education in one of the Master of Education programs at Calvin. Candidates are experienced teachers who wish to return to full or part-time education in one of Calvin's Master of Education programs. In addition to fulfilling requirements for admission to the graduate programs, they must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.30, be committed to leadership responsibilities in the education profession, demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled for graduate credit in a minimum of one to two courses per semester. Two scholarships of $1,700 were awarded for 2013-2014.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be entering or enrolled in a Master of Education program.

  2. Meet the requirements for admission to the Master of Education program and have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

  3. Financial need as defined by government programs is not required, but there should be some evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses.

If the above criteria are met, leadership potential may also be considered. Preference will be given to those who plan to pursue their educational experience beyond the master's degree level.

The Art and Marilyn Dykstra Scholarship

This scholarship, established by Mr. Art and Mrs. Marilyn Dykstra, is provided to assist experienced Christian teachers to return to the full- or part-time education in the MEd. Educational Leadership program. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a professing Christian educator, committed to entering or continuing the field of educational administration, and must be accepted in the graduate program. Applicants who are employed in a Christian Schools International (CSI) school will be given first priority. If there are no applicants who fit that criterion, then the next priority will be given to those employed in a Christian school. Two scholarships of $1,500 were awarded for 2014-2015.
Candidates for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

1. Must be a professing Christian educator.

2. Must have previous school experience and be committed to entering or continuing in the field of school administration.

3. Must be accepted into the MEd. Educational Leadership Program, full- or part-time.

4. Preference will be given to students employed in a CSI school.

The Mary Louise Huizenga Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the children of John S. and Anne Huizenga to honor their sister, Mary Louise Huizenga, who was born with Down's Syndrome. Mary received much love, generous support and educational assistance from many kind and loving educators during her life time. In recognition of their contributions to Mary's life, the family would like to assist students who have chosen to pursue a master's degree in Special Education at Calvin. Candidates for this scholarship must be a professing Christian teacher who is committed to furthering his or her education in the field of Special Education for graduate credit. Preference will be given to persons desiring to be employed in a special education program in the school setting or to those needing additional training in special education. Current employment in either a special education school or a regular education setting is acceptable. Persons employed in a Christian Learning Center network will be encouraged to apply. Financial need may be considered. One scholarship of $1,500 was awarded in 2014-2015. To apply for this scholarship contact the Education Department/Graduate Programs Office. Students who wish to be considered for renewal must file a new application each year and will be given equal consideration with other candidates.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. Planning to enroll at Calvin College the following year.

  2. Be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education.

  3. Be a full- or part-time student.

  4. Financial need as defined by government programs is not required, but there should be some evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses.

 

The Fred and Carol J. Van Den Bosch Scholarship

This scholarship, established by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Van Den Bosch, is provided to assist experienced Christian teachers to return to full- or part-time education in the MEd. learning disabilities (LD) program. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a professional Christian teacher, must be committed to continuing in this profession, and must be enrolled for graduate credit in a minimum of two courses per semester. The recipient is required to assist in laboratory components of the MEd.-LD courses, demonstrate potential for advanced academic scholarship, and demonstrate financial need based on criteria for financial aid at Calvin. Usually $7,000 or more is available each year with individual amounts depending on the number of qualified candidates and their enrollment status.

Candidates for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  1. They must be professing Christian teachers.

  2. They must have had previous teaching experience and be committed to continuing in their profession.

  3. Preference will be given to students taking at least two courses per semester in the MEd.-LD program at Calvin College.

  4. Candidates must demonstrate potential for advanced academic scholarship and demonstrate financial need based on criteria for financial aid in effect at Calvin from time to time.

  5. Recipients of this scholarship are requested by the donor to pledge to make future contributions to this scholarship fund in the amount of their scholarship awards if they feel the Lord has blessed them to the degree that they are able to make such contributions

Kalsbeek Memorial Scholarship

The family and friends of Wilhelmina Kalsbeek have established a fund in her memory to honor her missionary work in China from 1922 to 1949. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist students from mainland China to receive a Christian college education in order for them to help bring Christianity to the Chinese people. To be eligible for the scholarship a student should be from mainland China, committed to return to China, proficient in speaking and writing English, and qualified to do college level work. Other criteria considered in the selection include the student's academic potential, potential for Christian service in China, and financial need. About $4,500 is available for scholarships each year with individual amounts dependent on the number of qualified candidates in undergraduate and graduate studies.

Applying for Scholarship

To apply for the 2014/2015 year scholarships sponsored by Calvin College, please see the following links:

application form

recommendation form

If you are applying for scholarships for the coming year and have not yet formally applied to the program, please complete the application form. Only those accepted into a graduate program or endorsement program can be considered for scholarships.

Below you will find specific requirements for each scholarship. This information is also available in the downloaded file.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

  1. Only students pursuing the MEd. Degree or in the case of some scholarships, an endorsement, are eligible for graduate scholarship awards.

  2. Scholarships and other awards will not exceed the cost of tuition paid by the graduate student. Scholarships cannot be used for related costs such as books, etc.

  3. Students must take at least two courses in a calendar year (defined as the summer prior to the academic year and the two terms of the academic year.) Normally, the scholarship will be divided equally among the first two terms in which the student takes a course. This could include two sessions in the summer prior to the designated academic year as well as the fall and spring of that year.

  4. Scholarship awards and tuition reduction certificates received for supervising a Calvin student teacher may not be used during the same term.

  5. The Graduate Office will monitor the enrollment of scholarship recipients and communicate enrollment information to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the beginning of each term.

  6. While it is not required to complete the FAFSA, it does function as one possible way of demonstrating financial need.

External Scholarships

The following scholarships are not administered by Calvin College, but are relevant to graduate study at Calvin College and may be applied to study in our program. For these scholarships please apply directly to the granting organization as indicated in each case below.

Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Graduate Scholarships

These grants are available for students undertaking postgraduate courses in a field of their choice at colleges in Michigan. Applicants must have been residents of Kent County for a minimum of five years, have a minimum 3.0 college grade point average, and demonstrate financial need. Apply through The Grand Rapids Foundation office, 209-C Waters Building, 161 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Roy Johnson Trust Scholarships

Any blind person, regardless of sex, race, color, religion, or age, who has received a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in the United States, is eligible for consideration for grants from this trust. Factors taken into account in considering applicants include their financial condition and scholastic record. Other considerations include recommendations from college faculty and officials and the applicants' intended use of their post-graduate college education. Funds must be used to pursue graduate studies in law, education, science, music and other disciplines in an accredited college in the State of Michigan. Grants are made for tuition, housing, or reader services.

Dorothy J. Thurston Scholarship

These grants are available for full- or part-time students pursuing graduate-level study (Master's M.D., Ph.D.) at the accredited university of their choice in Michigan. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative college grade point average and must have been Kent County residents for a minimum of two years (at time of application or prior to the beginning of their undergraduate education). The scholarship is renewable, provided the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average and there is continued financial need. Apply through The Grand Rapids Foundation office, 209-C Waters Building, 161 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503