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International Development Studies scholarships

The Forever 21 International Development Scholarship

This is a new scholarship for 2014-15. It was established by Mr. Do Won Chang, founder and CEO of Forever 21, Inc. to provide strategic financial support to junior and senior IDS students who are committed to Christian leadership in developing countries. This scholarship supports students who demonstrate a strong motivation for Christian service in the global arena, and it plays a critical role in equipping students with knowledge, understanding, and skills for work in Christian NGOs. Candidates are full-time IDS majors entering their junior or senior year with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additional requirements are 1) demonstrated ability to "act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8) in a global context, 2) a commitment to serving internationally at graduation in a Christian NGO, and 3)  financial need as defined by government programs. The intent for 2014-15 is to award the scholarship to up to five juniors and five seniors in the amount of $6,000 each. The scholarship is renewable for juniors if they continue to meet the requirements entering their senior year.

The Calvin and Shirley Van Heukelem Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Calvin and Shirley Van Heukelem out of their personal interest and commitment to address the needs of the underserved in developing countries.  Cal and Shirley spent many years involved in their own business and believe that business, properly encouraged and directed, can promote justice, address poverty, improve lives and restore hope and dignity.  It is Cal and Shirley’s desire that this scholarship will serve as an encouragement to students who are committed to effectively addressing the greatest needs of God’s children.  Students applying for this scholarship must be entering their junior or senior year at Calvin as full-time students and must be majoring or minoring in International Development Studies.  The successful candidate will exhibit a strong potential for Kingdom service and leadership in the global arena and have a strong sense of calling to use these leadership gifts in a holistic way to benefit the poor in developing countries.  Evidence of financial need is not a condition for application for this scholarship.

Patricia S. Duthler International Development Scholarship

The Patricia S. Duthler Scholarship is funded by Patricia S. Duthler, a local business woman, to honor the business tradition of her own family and to help create leaders who use their knowledge and skills in the interest of poor people around the world. It invests in students who exhibit great potential for leadership in bringing about economic and community development in and among the world’s developing nations. Candidates are students with senior status as of Fall 2014 who will also be full-time students at Calvin for the 2014-15 academic year. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be an IDS major and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, engage in volunteer activities in their local communities and demonstrate evidence of a strong commitment to integrate their Christian faith into their life practice.

The Dr. Vincent P., Jr. and Alida W. Miller Scholarship

The Dr. Vincent P., Jr. and Alida W. Miller Scholarship has been established by Dr. Vincent P. and Alida W. Miller of Indiana, PA in support of students majoring or minoring in International Development Studies for their off-campus semester. Dr. and Mrs. Miller have long been involved in issues related to a Christian approach to Third World development through his academic research, paper presentations and writings, and through her support and assistance in doing field work in a number of underdeveloped areas, much of which has been in collaboration with Reformed mission agencies. Candidates are current Calvin College students planning to enroll full time for the academic year 2014-2015. Students must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year and be planning to major or minor in IDS. Students must show sensitivity to cultural diversity and be planning to take part in an approved semester abroad program in either the fall or spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarship will be awarded with some preference to applicants who have a basic understanding of geographic theories of economic development.

The Doris Tuinstra Cross Cultural Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Doris Tuinstra, a business woman from Grand Rapids, who lived under the mandate to seek first the Kingdom of God in her business, personal and church affairs. Doris has served in various capacities in her local church and in the area classis. She has also served on the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, the Synodical Committee on Race Relations, and she has maintained a lively interest in the mission of the Christian Reformed Church. She established this scholarship to encourage qualified people to train for the task of building the church of Jesus Christ, especially in non-North American countries. Candidates must be a full-time Calvin student, majoring or minoring in International Development Studies, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student must exhibit strong potential for kingdom service and leadership in the global arena, including education, health, business, and the environment, among others. They must have a strong sense of calling to use these leadership gifts in a holistic way to benefit the poor in developing countries. Financial need is not required, but preference will be given to students who demonstrate general financial need.

The Business/International Development Scholarship

The Business/International Development Scholarship was founded by an alumnus of Calvin College. It was his desire to support a student’s exploration of a business calling to expand and promote God’s kingdom in a developing country. Candidates are current Calvin College students planning to enroll full time for the academic year 2014-2015. Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year and be pursuing some combination of degrees in IDS, Business and/or Economics. Candidates must be planning on a semester abroad in an approved IDS program. Students applying must be able to articulate both a personal testimony and a potential calling for using business gifts/skills in developing country, as well as demonstrate financial need.

The Business as Mission Scholarship

This scholarship was founded by an alumni family that wanted to promote the world view that business and economics can be used to expand and promote God's kingdom. This scholarship is intended 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 must be a current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time in the 2014-2015 school year. Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year. Candidates must be planning to participate in either the Honduras fall semester abroad or Thailand spring semester abroad and be pursuing a degree that combines Business, Economics and/or International Development Studies. Applicants need to articulate a personal testimony and a potential calling for using business skills in developing countries, and be able to show some evidence that the scholarship is needed to meet educational expenses.

The Vander Pol International Development Scholarship

Motivated by a concern for the welfare of people in Third World countries, Sharon Vander Pol established this scholarship to support Calvin studetns who desire to assist developing countries through volunteerism, course work, or summer employment. Candidates must be a current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time in the 2014-2015 school year. Applicants must be entering their junior or senior year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Candidates must demonstrate care and concern for Third World countries through acts of volunteerism, course work, or summer employment. Financial need as defined by government programs is required.

The Reverend Alfred and Henrietta Walcott Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mary Walcott to honor her parents, the Reverend Alfred and Henrietta Walcott, for their years of service in Christian school and CRC pastorates. Both the Reverend and Mrs. Walcott are graduates of Calvin College. Reverend Walcott was a teacher and then returned to Calvin Seminary, graduating in 1948. He served various churches in Michigan and Wisconsin. Mrs. Walcott was a teacher serving in Christian and public schools. Mary also served as a teacher in Christian schools. Students applying for this scholarship must be entering their junior or senior year at Calvin as full-time students, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must be majoring in International Development Studies.  The successful candidate will exhibit a Christian commitment in their academic and personal life. 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 Hollingsworth International Development Studies Scholarship

Karen Hollingsworth and her daughters, Laura and Anna, through the KLA Samaritan Foundation, have established this scholarship to encourage Calvin women to understand the challenges of women in developing nations and motivate students to become involved in supporting and addressing the needs of these vulnerable women. Candidates must be female students enrolling full-time in their junior or senior year, have a minimum GPA of 2.8, and be majoring in International Development Studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate great potential for leadership in bringing about economic and community development to support females in and among the world's developing nations. Financial need as defined by government programs is required.

Other scholarships

The following is a list of scholarships that may be of interest international development studies majors and minors. To apply for these scholarships, search the Office of Financial Aid for forms and applications related to each scholarship.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship
  • Jennie and Gerrit De Haan Memorial Scholarship
  • Hearst Foundation Scholarship
  • Ann, Myrtle, Eunice, Faith and Marie Huizenga Scholarship for Women
  • Dr. and Mrs. Lee S. Huizenga Memorial Scholarship
  • Spalink Memorial Missions Scholarship
  • Summer Ministries Grant
  • David O. Triezenberg Memorial Scholarship
  • Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship
  • Joseph and Ralph Gelmer Vander Laan Memorial Scholarship
  • Charles and Anna Wabeke Memorial Scholarship
  • Kate Bytwerk Scholarship for Study Abroad
  • International Opportunities Scholarship
  • Peace and Justice Scholarship
  • Lighthouse Scholarship
  • Andy W. Schrier Memorial Scholarship
  • Geraldine Vogelzang Leadership Scholarship
  • Leanne Joy Knot Memorial Scholarship
  • Calvin Grants for Off-Campus Programs

How to apply

The application for all IDS scholarships can be found here

Deadline for application is March 1, 2014.