Thanks to generous contributions from the Dutch International Society, Calvin offers a variety of scholarships to students interested in learning Dutch. Scholarships are available to students studying at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. 

NAME AMOUNT GRADE GPA NEED-BASED?
Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship $2,800 JR/SR 3.00 Yes
Dutch International Society Scholarship $1,500; $2,500 FR/SO/JR/SR 2.70 Yes
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Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship

Mr. Alan and Mrs. Jan Pauw established this scholarship in appreciation of the education three generations of family members have received at Calvin. They have a special interest in liberal arts education and believe that education of this type available at Calvin is equal to that at the best colleges and universities. Alan Pauw is a lawyer and CPA and has a doctors degree in history. Jan Pauw is a professor of linguistics and holds a Ph.D. in Indo-European Studies.

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Dutch International Society Scholarship

The Dutch International Society (DIS) is an organization created in the city of Grand Rapids, MI by immigrants from the Netherlands. Its original name was the Dutch Immigrant Society. Grand Rapids is its home base. At the same time DIS is also an international society. It shares many elements of its background, religious beliefs and priorities with Calvin College, which was founded in 1876, also by Dutch immigrants, but which now attracts students and faculty from all over the USA, Canada and many foreign countries. The language and culture of the Netherlands has been consistently taught, studied and highlighted throughout Calvin's history--today as much as ever. In 2009, the Dutch language program at Calvin had over 40 students. The college also offers interim courses in the Netherlands and is beginning a semester-long program there. Recognizing these shared interests and priorities, the Dutch International Society is contributing a significant portion of its endowment to support Dutch language studies at Calvin College.

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Other awards

The $300 Ten Hoor Prize was established several decades ago by the Ten Hoor family to recognize a Calvin College student for his or her special contribution to the study of Dutch culture and/or the learning of the Dutch language.

To enter this competition for current Calvin students, you must submit an essay on a topic related to the Dutch language or culture. The deadline is in the middle of April each year.

The details

The Ten Hoor Prize will be awarded to the student who submits the best essay on the language and/or culture of the Netherlands. Cultural topics may range broadly from Dutch history, politics, art, society, economics, to related interdisciplinary ?elds.

The paper should be prepared for “blind review”: Use a detachable title page with the author’s name and e-mail address on it but do not identify the author in the body of the paper. Papers may be prior submissions for courses, reworkings of such papers, or specially written for the competition. Brief papers are acceptable. Only one paper per student. Only undergraduate submissions allowed.

The winning paper will be chosen by a panel of members from the Dutch program of the Department of Germanic & Asian Languages. The department reserves the right to make no award if the submissions are not of sufficiently high quality.

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