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Scholarships

All Calvin donor-funded scholarships are now available through Calvin's online scholarship tool! Students must complete the general application online and any other required steps by March 1. Once you hae completed the general application, you will be guided to applicable scholarships and the steps required for consideration. Calvin awards, over 1,000 donor-funded scholarships each year, so don't miss this annual opportunity!

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History department scholarship recipients are selected by the department honors & prizes committee. Awards are determined based on the essay, grade point average, and, in some cases, financial need. The following scholarships are available specifically for history majors. Additional information and application instructions for each can be found on the online scholarship tool.

 

Peter D. Hoekstra Scholarships

Two scholarships were established by the history department in honor of one of its founding members and are made possible by gifts received from Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Kathryn (Schuringa) Andree.

To apply for a Peter D. Hoekstra Scholarship, you must be a first-year student entering Calvin with the intent of majoring in history. Your high school record must demonstrate an interest and accomplishments in history and additional projects or independent study. One scholarship of $1500 was awarded in 2015. Search for this scholarship and apply using Calvin's online scholarship tool.

The history department also awards a Peter D. Hoekstra Senior Prize each year. One prize of $750 was awarded in 2015. The department faculty chooses recipients for this prize, so there is no application.

John De Bie History Scholarship

John De Bie was a former professor of history at Calvin. This scholarship was established by his family of to honor God in gratitude for his full life as a history teacher. De Bie also dreamed of being able to financially encourage individuals who plan to dedicate their lives to teaching history.

To apply for the John De Bie History Scholarship, you must be entering your junior year, be a history major pursuing a career in education, and have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. One scholarship of $1000 was awarded in 2015. Search for this scholarship and apply using Calvin's online scholarship tool.

Edwin J. and Elaine F. Van Kley Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Elaine Van Kley to encourage young scholars to seek relationships and influences among countries and people of the world, to merge faith and learning in the broadest sense. Since both Ed and Elaine had the privilege of realizing this faith and world view at Calvin College as students and staff, forty-six years in all, they are pleased to offer this scholarship to encourage future students to purse this integration and embrace world knowledge, particularly of Asia and Asian influences.

To apply for the Edwin J. and Elaine F. Van Kley Scholarship you must be entering your junior or senior year, be majoring in history, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 or higher in your history courses. You must also have a desire to study (in order of preference) Asian influences in the West or Asian influence on another part of the world. Preference will be given to students with financial need. Search for this scholarship and apply using Calvin's online scholarship tool.

Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship

Gerrit and Carol Zylstra have established this scholarship to honor their brother Bernard Zylstra, former professor of political theory and president of the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Canada. Bernard Zylstra actively promoted the history and development of Christian political theory, and this scholarship is intended to support the study of Christian political theory in history and practice.

To apply for the Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship, you must have junior or senior standing in the year the scholarship is held, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have some interest in political theory. This scholarship is awarded by the political science department. Search for this scholarship and apply using Calvin's online scholarship tool.

Sally and Bert de Vries Archaeology Scholarship

Archeology, especially in the Middle East, is a primary research interest of Bert de Vries. During his years of service in the History department at Calvin, he has been instrumental in setting up the Archeology minor, in leading a number of summer excavation trips for students to Jordan and Palestine, and in building partnerships with Middle Eastern organization and governments as well as other U.S. programs that offer field experiences in archeology for undergraduate students. The de Vries family lived in Jordan for a number of years and returns often for extended periods. Sally’s expertise includes the clothing, artistry, and weaving of artisans in the area. She has collaborated on several books that highlight the beauty of their craftsmanship and the traditions that guide their work.

To apply for the Sally and Bert de Vries Archaeology Scholarship, you must be minoring in Archaeology. The purpose is to defray the costs of taking IDIS 340 at Calvin, which is the field work requirement. This scholarship is awarded each fall, rather than in the spring. Application forms will be available August 1 and applications are due October 15. Search for this scholarship and apply using Calvin's online scholarship tool.


Earl Strikwerda Memorial Scholarship

Memorial contributions from the relatives and friends of Professor Earl Strikwerda have enabled the history department to honor the memory of their former colleague with annual scholarships to junior history majors who will be returning as full-time seniors. Two scholarships of $1700 each were awarded in 2015. The department faculty chooses the Earl Strikwerda Memorial Scholarship recipients each year, so there is no application for this scholarship.

 

John De Bie Essay Prize

The history department also awards a John De Bie Essay Prize each year for the best History paper. You do not have to be a history major to enter. The paper can be on any topic related to history, and essays written for Calvin courses are welcome. The 2015 award was $100.

To apply, you must submit a copy of your essay (with your name removed from all pages) and attach a cover sheet. You may submit your paper to the department office (HH 481), or via email to history@calvin.edu.

Submissions for the 2016 prize are due Friday, April 15 by 5 PM. Download the 2016 De Bie Essay Prize cover sheet.