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Scholarships and Awards

Departmental Scholarships

Below is the list of scholarships and the criteria for each scholarship awarded every year by the political science department. A reception is held each year to honor the recipients and the donors. Pictures on the link are from the April 24, 2014 reception.


De Kryger-Monsman Memorial Prize

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Diana Monsman in memory of her late husband, Gerald. Additional gifts were given to honor the memory of Lavina De Kryger, by her husband Maynard DeKryger.

Criteria

  • Current Calvin junior political science or international relations major for use in the senior year at Calvin College
  • Academic achievement
  • Award amounts vary somewhat from year-to-year. The amount for 2014-2015 is $2,900.

De Kryger-Monsman applications must be turned in to the political science department office by March 7, 2014.

Before downloading the DeKryger-Monsman Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


Charles Strikwerda Scholarship

The Charles Strikwerda Scholarship was established by the late John Van Dellen to honor his nephew, long-time political science department faculty member, Charles Strikwerda.

Criteria

  • Current Calvin sophomore or junior political science or international relations major
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Excellence both inside and outside of the classroom, as it is to be awarded to an "all-around good student who contributes significantly to the classroom and campus environment."
  • Award amounts vary somewhat from year to year. The amount for 2014-2015 is $1,900.

Charles Strikwerda Scholarship Application forms must be turned in to the political science department office by March 7, 2014.

Before downloading the Charles Strikwerda Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


Peace and Justice Scholarship

Calvin College alumnus Paul Hoffman established this scholarship fund in June 1987.

Criteria

  • Current Calvin student entering sophomore, junior or senior year.
  • Actively involved with global peace and justice issues, particularly related to the causes of war and conditions for peace in the nuclear age
  • Award amounts vary somewhat from year to year. Total amount awarded for 2014-2015 is $1,500.

Peace and Justice Scholarship application forms must be turned in to the political science department office by March 7, 2014.

Before downloading the Peace and Justice Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Johan G. and Wilma Westra. Dr. Westra was the first full-time political science professor at Calvin College and taught for many years. He also served as the pre-law advisor for more than 20 years. His wife, Wilma, served Calvin College as bookstore manager, executive secretary of the Alumni Association, Coordinator of Adult and Continuing Education, and as a volunteer Knollcrest Festival chairperson.

Criteria

  • Current Calvin sophomore or junior student
  • Political science major or be in the pre-law program
  • Special consideration is given to students active in volunteer work and interested in a career in public service
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Renewable the following year if the recipient is still a student at Calvin and continues to meet the criteria for the scholarship
  • Some evidence of financial need
  • Amount varies somewhat from year to year. The amount for 2014-2015 is $900.

Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship application forms must be turned in to the political science department office by March 7, 2014.

Before downloading the Westra Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


The Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship

Due to the automatic renewal criteria this scholarship will not be available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In 2008 Barbara and Lyle Voskuil, graduates of Calvin College, established this scholarship to show their appreciation for the quality liberal arts education they received from Calvin College.

Criteria

  • Awarded to either a political science or an economics major
  • Current Calvin sophomore or junior
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Some evidence of financial need
  • Preference will be given to students who are interested in international and global relationships and values and how the world can work together (includes economics, law, finance, health care, education, etc.).
  • Renewable the following year if the recipient maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Amount varies somewhat from year to year. For the 2013-2014 academic year one scholarship of $2,700 will be awarded.

The Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship application forms must be turned in to the political science department office by March 7, 2014.

Before downloading the Voskuil Family Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


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 development of Christian political theory, and this scholarship is intended to support the continuation of the development of Christian political theory.

Criteria

  • Typically three scholarships are awarded but sometimes the scholarship is divided between four recipients.
  • Current Calvin sophomore or junior
  • History, philosophy or political science major
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 1200 word essay that reflects on some article by Bernard Zylstra concerning political theory (article to be determined by chair of the history, philosophy or political science departments).
  • Applicants must provide a statement of potential career goals that indicates some relevance to political theory and of how this scholarship would help accomplish those career goals.
  • Amount varies somewhat from year to year. The amount for 2014-2015 is $3,000 for each of the three recipients.

Zylstra Scholarship application and recommendation forms must be turned in to the political science department office by March 7, 2014.

Before downloading the Zylstra Scholarship Application PDF and the Zylstra Recommendation PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


The Dr. James Penning Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2011 by his wife of 38 years, Dr. Marge Penning. The purpose of this scholarship, which honors the life and work of Dr. James Penning, Calvin professor of Political Science for 35 years, is to assist and encourage students who are interested in pursuing a career related to state and local government, and/or public administration. These were the areas of Dr. Penning's passion, expertise, and ongoing research. Dr. Penning was a gifted scholar, and a kind and compassionate man with an endless sense of humor, who loved his work and was an inspiration to many students.

Criteria

  • Be a current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time for following year.
  • Be entering their junior or senior year.
  • Be a political science majors.
  • Be  interested in a career in state and local government.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.20 or higher.
  • Financial need is not required.
  • Amount varies somewhat from year to year. The amount for 2014-2015 is $3,000.

Some preference may be given to students interested in an internship.

The Dr. James Penning Scholarship application must be turned in to the political science department office by March 7, 2014.

Before downloading the Penning Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


Fox Fund Award

The Fox Fund is a supplemental travel grant established in 2004 by the political science department as a result of a gift from Rev. Joseph D. and Mrs. Barbara D. Fox to honor their son, Ben Fox.

Criteria

  • Current Calvin political science or international relations majors or minors with a financial needs.
  • To be used for transportation or related travel expenses to departmentally-sanctioned purposes (normally either for participation in Model United Nations or in a State/Local Internship).
  • A maximum of $100 is given to eligible students in any given academic year but students may apply in more than one year.

Fox Fund Application Form application forms must be turned in to the political science department office by October1 (for fall semester grants) or March 1, (for spring semester grants) of the academic year in which the funds are to be used.

Before downloading the Fox Fund Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.


Political Science Student Travel Funds

The political science department has a small amount of funds available for Calvin political science or international relations majors or minors traveling for department related purposes

.Download the Student Travel Application PDF


Awards

Pi Sigma Alpha Award

Calvin College Pi Sigma Alpha is a chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students of political science, giving students the opportunity for valuable administrative experience.

The Pi Sigma Alpha society publishes The Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics. Undergraduates of any class or major are encourages to submit manuscripts for publication. their goal is "to publish manuscripts of the highest quality. In general, papers selected for publication have been well-written with a well-developed thesis, compelling argument, and original analysis. The maximum page length for submissions is 35 pages. Manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words. Citations and references should follow the American Political Science Association Style Manual for Political Science. Authors may be asked to revise their manuscript before it is accepted for publication. Submissions must be in the form of a Microsoft Word document and should be e-mailed to psajoumal@union.edu. Please include name, university, and contact details (i.e., mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number."

Calvin Administered Scholarships for Political Science and/or Pre-Law Majors

Ronald Buikema Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of the late Ronald Buikema (South Holland, IL). Mr. Buikema was a lawyer, an alumnus of Calvin, an active supporter of the college, and a member of Calvin's Board of Trustees at the time of his death in 1997.

Criteria

  • Senior
  • GPA 3.00+
  • Political Science or Pre-Law Major
  • pursuing a pre-law program or graduate program in politics or government
  • demonstrate leadership skills and involvement in community or extracurricular college activities
  • preference to graduates from the Chicago area high schools
  • Financial need is not required.
  • Two awards each year
  • Amount varies somewhat from year to year. The amount for 2011-2012 was $2,200.

Apply through the Calvin Portal

Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Honors Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Gerrit, Mrs. Beulah, and Mr. Robert Dragt

Criteria

  • Freshman
  • GPA: 3.50+
  • An Honors scholarship recipient
  • Preference to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or political science
  • Award amount varies
  • The award is renewable with a GPA of 3.20+
  • Financial need is not required
  • Application process in an automatic consideration

Honorable John Feikens Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of U.S. district Court Judge John Feikens and his long and distinguished career as an exemplary Christian lawyer and judge. Judge Feikens, a 1939 graduate, was honored in 1972 as a distinguished alumnus of Calvin College. The establishment of this scholarship was suggested by Calvin President Gaylen Byker who was a law clerk and long-time friend of Judge Feikens. The endowment for this scholarship was funded by the family and estate of the judge, by President Byker and other former law clerks and by friends of the judge.

Criteria

  • Junior or senior
  • GPA: 3.50+
  • Preference to those pursuing a pre-law program, or planning to attend law school, or a degree in political science
  • Award amount varies
  • Financial need is required

Apply through the Calvin Portal

Jacob and Rena Van Dellen Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. Theodore Van Dellen in honor of his parents, Jacob and Rena Van Dellen. Theodore's daughter, Karen, and her husband, John Feltis, added to this scholarship on the death of Ruth Vis Van Dellen, her mother and Theodore's wife. Jacob and Rena Van Dellen moved back to Grand Rapids (where they had been born) so that their three children could obtain a Christian education, first in the Grand Rapids Christian Schools and then at Calvin. Their legacy continues to following generations, with three named scholarships established at Calvin by their children and grandchildren.

Criteria

  • Junior or senior
  • GPA: 3.00+
  • Preference to those pursuing a pre-law program or a degree in political science
  • Award amount awarded in 2010-2011 was $2,500
  • Financial need is required

Apply through the Calvin Portal

Outside Scholarships

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields.  Students must be college juniors at the time of selection.  The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.  Scholars are invited to participate in a number of programs:  Truman Scholar Leadership Week, The Summer Institute, The Truman Fellows Program, and the Public Service Law Conference.  Please visit the Truman Scholarship Web site for an overview of the programs the Foundation currently offers for Scholars or Ken Bratt, at kbratt at calvin.edu or 6-6296. Prof. Bratt has set a Calvin deadline of January 25 each year to apply for this scholarship.

Robert R. Robinson Memorial Scholarship

The Robert R. Robinson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in a Michigan college or university. Applicants must be pursuing a degree in public administration, public affairs management, or some other field closely related to local government administration.

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