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Scholarships for current students

The Roger D. Griffioen Scholarship

This scholarship was established by alumni and friends to honor Professor Roger Griffioen's 38 years of service and leadership.

As a teacher Dr. Griffioen strived for excellence in his teaching and all areas of life. In the classroom, he was consistently willing to try new ideas and techniques, always with the goal of serving students paramount. He was a positive influence on the lives of both students and colleagues, setting high but realistic standards for them to achieve, and he willingly gave of himself to assist others.

Dr. Griffioen served 19 years as chairman of the Physics and Astronomy Department as well as 7 years as Academic Dean for the Natural Sciences and Contextual Disciplines.

Amount

One scholarship of $1,650 for 2014-2015 to a current student

Criteria

  • a current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • pursuing a physics major
  • entering the sophomore, junior or senior year
  • although there is no minimum grade point average requirement, the student's academic record will be one of the factors considered in selecting a recipient.

The Howard and Betty VanTill Scholarship

Howard J. and Betty L. VanTill established this scholarship to honor the excellence of Calvin College's Department of Physics and Astronomy in preparing students for fruitful careers in these fundamental sciences. Howard VanTill served as a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin for 31 years before his retirement in 1997. In both his teaching and his writing, Professor VanTill challenged Christian students to construct their worldviews in a way that demonstrated a high regard for what the natural sciences have learned about the universe that makes possible the rich experience of human life.

Amount

One scholarship of $1,400 for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • pursuing a physics major
  • have an overall GPA of a B+ or better
  • entering the sophomore, junior or senior year
  • financial need is not required

The Steensma Family Physics and Astronomy Scholarship

Dr. David Steensma and his wife Carol Roede of Wellesley, Massachusetts established this scholarship in gratitude for the rigorous intellectual training received in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College by both David and his father, Peter Steensma.  This scholarship was created in appreciation of caring and demanding Calvin faculty members including Professors Stanley Haan, David Van Baak, Albion Kromminga and John Van Zytveld.  This scholarship will encourage physics majors as they pursue their studies at Calvin.

Amount

One scholarship of $2,500 for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • pursuing a physics major
  • have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • entering the sophomore, junior or senior year
  • some evidence of financial need

The Tetzloff Scholarship

In gratitude for the help they received from their parents and for their Calvin education, the Tetzloff family established this scholarship to assist students whose ongoing education may be hampered by financial constraints. It is the sincere desire of the Tetzloff family to encourage students in their education as they prepare for their calling in Christ's kingdom.

Amount

One scholarship of $1,250 for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • pursuing a physics major
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • entering the sophomore, junior or senior year
  • financial need is required

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Scholarships for current students: If you are listed as a physics major on your Academic Evaluation Report (AER), you will be automatically considered for the Griffioen, Van Till, Steensma and Tetzloff scholarships. See here for timeline.

More scholarships

See more scholarships for current students in the Science Division.

The Scholarships & Financial Aid office offers complete information about all Calvin scholarships. You can also search for scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Non-Calvin scholarships

Apker Award for undergrad physics research

From the Society of Physics Students for leadership and academic excellence

Database of scholarships from Society of Physics Students

Homeland Security Undergraduate Scholarship

APS Scholarship for Minority Physics Majors

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program full-ride scholarship in exchange for working for the Department of Defense.

Graduate school scholarships

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
The Ford Diversity Fellowships
The Hertz Foundation