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.

NAME AMOUNT GRADE GPA NEED-BASED?
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker First-Year Mathematics Scholarship $1,000 FR 2.50 No
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Mathematics and Music Scholarship $1,200 SO/JR/SR 2.50 No
Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Sophomore Mathematics Scholarship $1,200 SO 3.00 No
Laura and Gary Greenfield Chemistry and Math Scholarship $2,200 SO/JR/SR 3.50 No
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship $2,500 FR 3.50 No
R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship $3,000 JR/SR 2.50 Yes
William Rinck Memorial Scholarship $3,000 JR/SR 3.00 Yes
John and Antoinette Ubels Family Scholarship $1,900 SR/PB 2.50 Yes
Gordon J. VanderBrug Scholarship $2,600 JR/SR 3.00 No
VanDerWoude Science Scholarship $3,500 JR/SR 3.30 No
William E. and Connie L. Van Eerden Family Scholarship $3,300 JR/SR 3.20 No
John D. Warners Scholarship for Secondary Math Education $2,500 SO/JR/SR 2.50 Yes
Paul J. and Eleanor I. Zwier Family Scholarship $3,100 JR 3.00 Yes
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Kenneth E. and Jean Baker First-Year Mathematics Scholarship

Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Jean Baker always had a strong interest in Christian education at all levels. This scholarship was established to encourage and honor Calvin students studying mathematics, a field that one of their daughters pursued.

Details

  • Class Level: FR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • planning to major in mathematics
  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the mathematics department
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Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Mathematics and Music Scholarship

Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Jean Baker always had a strong interest in Christian education at all levels and modeled for their children a lifelong involvement in musical activities in addition to their primary jobs. In honor of one of their children who is a mathematician and a musician, this scholarship was established to encourage Calvin students who are majoring in mathematics/statistics and who are formally involved in making music at Calvin.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • mathematics major
    • enrolled in a for-credit music activity (ensemble or lessons)
  • Award Amount: $1,200
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Kenneth E. and Jean Baker Sophomore Mathematics Scholarship

Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Jean Baker always had a strong interest in Christian education at all levels. This scholarship was established to encourage and honor Calvin students studying mathematics, a field that one of their daughters pursued.

Details

  • Class Level: SO  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • mathematics major
  • Award Amount: $1,200
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Alexander and Lavonne Dragt Family Honors Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Alexander and Mrs. Lavonne Dragt.

Details

  • Class Level: FR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.50+
  • Major: Biology
    Mathematics & Statistics
    Music
    Nursing
  • Criteria
    • an Honors scholarship recipient
    • preference to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or music
  • Award Amount: varies
  • Number available: varies
  • Renewable? yes, with a GPA of 3.20+
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: automatic consideration

    You will automatically be considered for this scholarship -- there is nothing you need to do to apply!
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Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Dragt Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Gerrit, Mrs. Beulah, and Mr. Robert Dragt.

Details

  • Class Level: FR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.50+
  • Major: Biology
    Mathematics & Statistics
    Nursing
    Political Science
  • Criteria
    • preference to those pursuing a degree in mathematics, physical or biological sciences, nursing or political science
  • Award Amount: varies
  • Number available: varies
  • Renewable? yes, with a GPA of 3.20+
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: automatic consideration

    You will automatically be considered for this scholarship -- there is nothing you need to do to apply!
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Laura and Gary Greenfield Chemistry and Math Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Gary and Laura Greenfield in appreciation of the benefits they received from having a Calvin College education. They also want to encourage aspiring chemists and mathematicians to pursue their educational goals and maintain a Christian perspective.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.50+
  • Major: Chemistry
    Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • chemistry or mathematics major
  • Award Amount: $2,200
  • Number available: two
  • Renewable? yes, with a GPA of 3.50+
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship

This scholarship was established to provide tuition assistance to students who plan to major in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics and plan to pursue a career in research or post-secondary education.

Details

  • Class Level: FR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.50+
  • Major: Biology
    Chemistry
    Mathematics & Statistics
    Physics
  • Criteria
    • planning to major in biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics and pursue a career in research or post-secondary education
  • Award Amount: $2,500
  • Number available: five
  • Renewable? yes, with adequate academic progress toward career goals (three years only)
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: complete the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholarship application
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R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship

Rich and Jane Iwema, retired educator and registered nurse respectively, established this scholarship for a student who plans to pursue a career in teaching math and/or science. Rich and Jane are both Calvin alumni and have a son and two granddaughters that are also graduates of Calvin. Their only grandson currently attends Calvin and is a senior. They are especially honored by his academic choice to pursue a career in teaching math at the secondary level. The memories of the Christian environment at Calvin have led them to give this scholarship. Rich was a teacher of science and math in both the Christian and public schools for 38 years.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Biology
    Chemistry
    Education
    Mathematics & Statistics
    Physics
  • Criteria
    • intending to teach math or science in grades 6-12
  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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William Rinck Memorial Scholarship

Professor William Rinck served as one of the first mathematics professors at Calvin College, teaching from 1905-1920. Popular with students and faculty alike, he worked tirelessly to move the college in the direction of offering full four-year college degrees. His work was cut short, however, when in November 1920, he was killed in an icy car crash along with one of his sons. To remember and honor Professor Rinck's love of mathematics, his family and colleagues established a memorial fund in his name. In 2009, his daughter Margaret Rinck added significantly to this fund, enabling the department to offer not only the Rinck Memorial Prize to the outstanding senior mathematics student, an award dating back to 1928, but also scholarships to outstanding mathematics majors.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • mathematics major
  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Number available: two
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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John and Antoinette Ubels Family Scholarship

Mr. John Ubels is a 1948 graduate of Calvin College who taught high school mathematics for 39 years in the Christian high schools in Lynden, WA, Ripon, CA and Kalamazoo, MI. He is a lifelong supporter of the mission of Calvin. Both of his children, their spouses and all of his five grandchildren attended Calvin. He establishes this scholarship because of his love for Calvin, his dedication to the teaching of high school mathematics and his gratitude to God for the many blessings he has received.

Details

  • Class Level: SR   PB  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Education
    Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • secondary mathematics education major
    • committed to a career as a high school teacher
    • demonstrate academic achievement, strength of character and promise for success as high school mathematics teachers
    • interested in teaching in a Christian high school
  • Award Amount: $1,900
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Gordon J. VanderBrug Scholarship

As a 25 year old Calvin instructor, Gordon J. VanderBrug believed that computers were vital to a college education. As a result, during the 1968-1969 academic year, he taught the first computer science class in Calvin's history. Undeterred by the fact that the college did not have a computer, he found a local engineering company who was willing to let the students use its computer in the evening hours. Nearly thirty interested students and faculty, including fifteen in his numerical analysis class, completed the course. Calvin is grateful for Gordon VanderBrug's generous efforts on behalf of his students and the college.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • computer science major or mathematics major with a computer science minor
  • Award Amount: $2,600
  • Number available: two
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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VanDerWoude Science Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. William J. VanDerWoude, a plant physiologist who had a broad interest in all of the sciences. Bill valued intellectual curiosity and the thoughtful study of creation, and he appreciated Calvin's commitment to both of them. This scholarship is intended to support and encourage a junior or senior science major who demonstrates these same qualities.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.30+
  • Major: Biology
    Chemistry
    Mathematics & Statistics
    Physics
  • Criteria
    • physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry or mathematics major
  • Award Amount: $3,500
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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William E. and Connie L. Van Eerden Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established by William E. Van Eerden, M.D., as a memorial to the life of Connie L.Van Eerden, his wife of 46 years and mother of their three daughters. It honors her love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, her beloved family, and her life-long commitment to Christian education and Calvin College. Connie graduated from Calvin College in 1963. She taught mathematics at Chicago Christian HS, Millbrook Christian School, and in the Student Academic Services program at Calvin, and she worked several years in the Calvin Admissions office. Connie acquired a Masters degree from Grand Valley State University in the field of computer application to education in the classroom. She enjoyed music, playing the piano, organ and bassoon. Her life is a testimony to her calling, her gifts and commitment to Christian teaching and learning. Applicants will be mathematics majors who demonstrate this same passion for Christian education.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.20+
  • Major: Education
    Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • mathematics major
    • preference to those who demonstrate a passion for teaching in a Christian school or college
    • an interest in music is also considered
  • Award Amount: $3,300
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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John D. Warners Scholarship for Secondary Math Education

John D. Warners showed unwavering commitment to education throughout his life. He taught high school mathematics at Grand Rapids Christian High School for 37 years, during which time he also coached cross-country and track. He and his wife Jane supported all five of their children through Christian schools and John and Jane, as well as all their children, are alumni of Calvin College. John was a superb teacher and showed special patience for students who struggled in his classes, willingly devoting extra time and effort to help them learn. John was also devoted to racial reconciliation; he worked to promote and affirm cultural diversity in his neighborhood, school and church. This scholarship was established in John?s memory to encourage Secondary Math Education students who share similar values.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • pursuing a degree in the Math Secondary Education program
    • demonstrate leadership as well as special effort and commitment to learning and teaching
    • preference will be given to those interested in coaching; preference will also be given to ethnic minority students
  • Award Amount: $2,500
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Paul J. and Eleanor I. Zwier Family Scholarship

The Zwier family, colleagues, and alumni established this scholarship to celebrate the many delightful opportunities that Professor Zwier had in teaching mathematics to Calvin students during his long career at Calvin. Dr. and Mrs. Zwier have appreciated being a part of the Calvin community. In addition, all of their children have attended Calvin.

Details

  • Class Level: JR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Education
    Mathematics & Statistics
  • Criteria
    • mathematics major
    • intend to teach mathematics at the high school or college level
  • Award Amount: $3,100
  • Number available: two
  • Renewable? yes, if criteria is met (senior year only)
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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