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Find Spanish scholarships

Look below for a scholarship and award just for Spanish students—or check out the off-campus scholarships or general Calvin scholarships.

The Edna Greenway Scholarship

edna greenway scholarship plaqueDr. Edna Greenway taught students from elementary school and high school through college and seminary to speak and love the Spanish language.  The Spanish department is pleased to honor her with an endowed scholarship, so that future generations of students will benefit from her Reformed Christian perspective on teaching and learning even after she has retired.  This scholarship encourages students to reflect on and articulate the importance of the integration of faith in their own lives and careers.

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year
  • Be entering your junior or senior year
  • Be a Spanish education major (Elementary or Secondary)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Submit an essay of 300-500 words answering the question “How will you integrate your faith into teaching Spanish?”
  • Submit a list of your volunteer activities
  • Submit a list of your work/activities done in conjunction with the Calvin Spanish department
  • Provide two recommendations (one from a professor) attesting to the the integration of faith in your life

Financial need is not required.

The completed application is due on the second Friday of March by 5:00 pm. Candidates will be notified by late March or early April of their success in obtaining this scholarship.

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The Elsa Cortina Scholarship

Faculty, friends and alumni of the Spanish Department established this scholarship to honor Dr. Elsa Cortina who taught in the Spanish Department for over 30 years. Through Dr. Cortina's leadership and vision, Calvin's first ever semester abroad program was established in 1983 in Denia, Spain. The Elsa Cortina Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student accepted to the Semester in Spain program.

To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be entering your sophomore, junior or senior year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Be a Spanish major or minor
  • Be accepted into the Semester in Spain advanced program

This scholarship is based on financial need.

In order to apply, indicate on your Semester in Spain secondary application form your interest and write a brief paragraph explaining your financial need, and how you would benefit from receiving this scholarship.

The Elsa Cortina Award

The Elsa Cortina Award is given each year to the graduating senior with the highest GPA. The student who earns this award has their name inscribed on a plaque in the Spanish department, and receives a gift from the Spanish department.

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elsa cortina

...a new scholarship for students who are going to study abroad in Spain, in honor of professor emerita, Elsa Cortina.

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Alicia Davids is the recipient of the 2014 Elsa Cortina Award.