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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. Abigail Leistra has received a Goldwater scholarship for 2014-15. She is Calvin's 15th Goldwater Scholar since 2008, a number unmatched by any other liberal arts college over that span of time. Two other Calvin students received honorable mention. Colleges and universities are allowed to nominate at most four students per year. Since 2008 Calvin students have been awarded 15 fellowships and 8 honorable mentions! Read more about our 2008‑9, 2009‑10, 2010-11 and 2012-13, and 2013-14 winners.

Science division scholarships for incoming students

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship
Application Deadline: February 1
Incoming students 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 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

Scholarship Timeline

January 1 : applications are available
March 1: applications are due
Early April: recipients are notified

To Apply

The application is online. Go to Portal > Services > Scholarships and Financial Aid > Upperclass Named Scholarship Application.

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: You can use the same faculty recommendation form for all of the scholarships for which you apply, including Departmental, Science Division and Named Scholarships. The program 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.

2014-2015 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. 2014-2015 Award: 2 new scholarships of $3,800 each

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).
2014-2015 Award: 2 scholarships of $1,500 each

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.
2014-2015 Award: 4 scholarships of $2,900 each

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.
2014-2015 Award: 1 new scholarship of $2,200

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.
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $2,400

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).
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $4,100

The Tetzloff Scholarship
Students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year pursuing a degree in Physics. If no Physics major meets the criteria, consideration will be given to candidates majoring in Chemistry or Biology
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $1,250

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.
2014-2015 Award: no new scholarship will be awarded

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.
2014-2015 Award: 1 scholarship of $2,100

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.
2014-2015 Award: 1 new scholarship of $2,100

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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.

NSF Scientific Computing Scholarships

Named Departmental Scholarships

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