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Goldwater Scholarship news

The Goldwater Scholarships were established by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to fund students studying the traditional sciences, mathematics and engineering. Anna Michmerhuizen and Lauren Strohbehn were awarded Goldwater scholarships for 2016-17. They are Calvin's 17th and 18th Goldwater Scholars since 2008, a number matched by only one other liberal arts college over that span of time. Colleges and universities are allowed to nominate at most four students per year. Since 2008 Calvin students have been awarded 18 fellowships and 10 honorable mentions! Read more about our 2008‑9, 2009‑10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 winners.

Science division scholarships for prospective, first year students

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 1
Prospective, first-year students (must be admitted to Calvin) who plan to major in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics and plan to pursue a career in research or post-secondary education may apply for this scholarship. Students must have an overall high school GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), have an ACT composite score of at least 30 or an SAT combined score of at least 1300. This scholarship is awarded based entirely on academic merit, not on financial need. Students in professional programs such as pre-medicine, nursing or engineering are not eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is worth $2,500 and is renewable for an additional three years.

Science division scholarships for current students

December 1 : applications are available
February 1: applications are due

To Apply: The application is online.

What you need to know about the online application process:

  • You must have a specific science program listed on your AER in order to apply for Science Division Scholarships (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.) If you need to change your major on your AER, you must submit the Change of Major form to dhebrear@calvin.edu before you can apply for a Science Division scholarship. Please note that this form does not officially declare your major.
  • Faculty recommendations: The online scholarship application requires you to enter the email addresses for two faculty recommendations. They will then receive an automatic email regarding your request. Please contact these professors ahead of time to ask if they are willing to complete a recommendation for you.

2017-2018 Scholarships

Please click on the scholarship name for more complete information concerning eligibility criteria.

The Debra Deur Scholarship
Students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Integrated Science or Physics. This scholarship is renewable.
4 scholarships of $4,000 each will be awarded for 2017-2018

The Hazel Holtrop Natural Resources Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year who have an interest in a natural resource career such as forestry, wildlife biology, fisheries biology, hydrology, soil science, outdoor recreation, etc.
1 scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded for 2017-18

The James and Beatrice Harkema Family Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a degree in biomedical science (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biotechnology or medicine).
1 scholarship of $3,300 will be awarded for 2017-2018

The John and Lillian Van Oosten Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Geography, Integrated Science, or Physics.
4 scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded for 2017-2018

The Laura and Gary Greenfield Chemistry and Math Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a degree in Mathematics or Chemistry. This scholarship is renewable.
2 scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded for 2017-2018

Secondary Science Education Scholarship
Students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year pursuing a secondary ed program in one of the sciences--Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, Integrated Science or Physics.
1 scholarship of $2,400 will be awarded for 2017-2018

The Steven M. Zifferblatt Memorial Scholarship
Students entering their Senior year (or fifth year Senior) pursuing a program in one of the health care professions such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, etc.
This scholarship requires a special essay (see criteria).
1 scholarship of $3,800 will be awarded for 2017-2018

The VanDerWoude Science Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Mathematics or Physics. This scholarship is renewable.
1 scholarship of $4,000 will be awarded for 2017-2018

The Veltkamp Secondary Science Education Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a secondary ed program in one of the sciences--Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, Integrated Science or Physics.
1 scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded for 2017-2018

The William J. and Glenda Masselink Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing pre-dentistry, pre-medicine or a major in Physics. This scholarship is renewable.
1 scholarship of $2,100 will be awarded for 2017-2018

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Scholarships for those pursuing a premedical or predental program

Stephen P. Beals Family Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
1 scholarship of $2,400 will be awarded for 2017-2018

Dr. Robert J. Blok Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
1 scholarship of $2,300 will be awarded for 2017-2018

Dr. and Mrs. Harvey J. Bratt Medical and Missions Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program, planning to enter a career in missions or mission related work.
3 scholarships of $2,300 each will be awarded for 2017-2018

Dr. Karen A. Cooper and Dr. Clifford S. Cho Family Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
This scholarship is renewable.
1 scholarship of $2,500 will be awarded for 2017-2018

Gertrude LaBotz Crum, M.D. Scholarship
Female students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
1 scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded for 2017-2018

William and Winifred Haeck Medical Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
1 scholarship of $2,200 will be awarded for 2017-2018

Dewey and Marilyn Heetderks Family Medical Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
1 scholarship of $2,000 will be awarded for 2017-2018

Pool Family Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
This scholarship is renewable.
1 scholarship for $2,200 will be awarded for 2017-2018

Peter V. Tigchelaar Pre-Medical/Dental Scholarship
Students entering their Junior or Senior year pursuing a pre-med or pre-dentistry program.
This scholarship is renewable.
2 scholarships of $3,400 each will be awarded for 2017-2018

Dr. Glenn VanDommelen Family Medical Scholarship
Students entering their Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
1 scholarship of $2,300 will be awarded for 2017-2018

Dr. Morris Wilderom Scholarship
Students entering their Senior year pursuing a pre-med program.
1 scholarship of $2,300 will be awarded for 2017-2018

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Other Scholarships

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

Named Departmental Scholarships

The academic departments within the Science Division may also offer departmental scholarships. Click on the department for more information.