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Scholarships for new students

Ivan E. and Rebecca J. Boerman Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Ivan and Mrs. Rebecca Boerman of Grand Rapids, Michigan, out of gratitude for their Christian education and experience.  Both were science majors and met each other when they were students at Calvin. 

The Boermans, through this scholarship, desire to honor Professor Howard Van Till, a long-time teacher, scholar, and friend, for his extensive contributions to Calvin College and the broader evangelical community in the area of physics/astronomy and its place in God's creation.

Amount

One scholarship of $1,250 was awarded for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • entering the first year at Calvin
  • planning to pursue a physics major
  • have a high school grade point average of 3.3 or higher
  • financial need may be considered but will not be given high priority

Automatically renewable for the sophomore year for recipients who have a cumulative grade point average at Calvin of 3.0 or higher and are continuing to pursue a major in Physics.

 

The Gabrielse Scholarship

Gerald Gabrielse and his wife Ellen establish this scholarship to encourage outstanding physics students to attend Calvin. Gabrielse is the Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard University and past chair of the Harvard Physics Department. He and the international team that he leads are known for developing ways to cool and manipulate extremely cold antimatter particles and for making cold antihydrogen atoms. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2011 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize from the American Physical Society. Gabrielse also received Calvin's Distinguished Alumni Award and has served on Calvin's Board of Trustees.

Amount

One scholarship of $2,500 was awarded for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • entering the first year at Calvin
  • planning to pursue a Physics major
  • have a high school grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • have a composite ACT score of 32 or higher, or have a combined SAT score of 1400 or higher
  • financial need is not required

This scholarship is not renewable for future years at Calvin.

 

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 was awarded for 2014-2015

Criteria

  • entering the first year at Calvin
  • planning to pursue a physics major
  • 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.

 

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Apply

Scholarships for new students: Download an application form, download a recommendation form and submit both by February 15.

See here for timeline.

More scholarships

See the Howard Hughes Medical Institute four year scholarship for incoming students planning to major in biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics and pursue a career in research or education. Application due February 1.