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.

How to apply for scholarships

The application forms for named scholarships are available every year beginning January 1. Incoming students have a deadline date of February 1.  Current students have a deadline date of March 1.  Many of the scholarships for current students are available online through the Portal (Services>Scholarships and Financial Aid>Upperclass Named Scholarship Application).  All current students who will be enrolled next academic year are encouraged to apply.

Dutch International Society Scholarship $1,500; $2,500 FR/SO/JR/SR 2.70
Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 3.00
Dutch International Society Scholarship forms

To apply for a Dutch International Society scholarship, please fill out the three forms below and email them to

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 this year is April 17, 2015.

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 fields.

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. Please deliver the paper to the Dutch department office, Hiemenga Hall 427. 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.