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

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.


  • Class Level: FR   SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.70+
  • Major: Dutch
  • Criteria
    • taking classes in the Dutch language program
  • Award Amount: $1,500; $2,500
  • Number available: four
  • Renewable? no
  • Financial need is: considered
  • Application process: apply through the Dutch department using the forms located below the scholarship listing

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.


  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Chinese
  • Criteria
    • history, philosophy or a foreign language major
    • preference is given to those minoring in other liberal arts areas
  • Award Amount: $2,500
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: considered
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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.