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?
Ronald Buikema Memorial Scholarship $1,700 SR 3 No
De Kryger Monsman Memorial Scholarship $2,900 FR/SO/JR/SR 2.5 Yes
Honorable John Feikens Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship $4,000 JR/SR 3.5 Yes
Peace and Justice Scholarship $1,500 SO/JR/SR 2.5 No
Dr. James Penning Scholarship $3,000 JR/SR 3.2 No
Charles Strikwerda Scholarship in Political Science $1,900 JR/SR 3 No
Jacob and Rena Van Dellen Scholarship $2,100 JR/SR 3 Yes
Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship $2,700 JR/SR 3 Yes
Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship $900 JR/SR 3 Yes
Donald and Nancy Wierenga Business and Public Service Scholarship $2,500 SO/JR/SR 3 Yes
Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship $3,000 JR/SR 3 No
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Ronald Buikema Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of the late Ronald Buikema (South Holland, IL). Mr. Buikema was a lawyer, an alumnus of Calvin, an active supporter of the college, and a member of Calvin's Board of Trustees at the time of his death in 1997.

Details

  • Class Level: SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Political Science
    Pre-Law
  • Criteria
    • pursuing a pre-law program or graduate program in politics or government
    • demonstrate leadership skills and involvement in community or extracurricular college activities
    • preference to graduates from the Chicago area high schools
  • Award Amount: $1,700
  • Number available: two
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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De Kryger Monsman Memorial Scholarship

In 1984, Mrs. Diana Monsman made a gift of $6,000 to Calvin College in memory of her husband, Gerald, a distinguished Calvin alumnus (class of 1926). Revenues generated from this gift are to be used to provide scholarships for political science majors. Mr. Gerald Monsman served in a variety of state and federal government offices. In addition, he contributed to our understanding of nation-states with his Essays of Sovereignty. His name is included in Who's Who in America (Vol. 32, 1962-63) and in Who Was Who in America. Additional gifts were given by Maynard DeKryger to honor the memory of his wife, Lavina De Kryger.

Details

  • Class Level: FR   SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Political Science
  • Criteria
    • political science major
  • Award Amount: $2,900
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the political science department
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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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Honorable John Feikens Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship

This scholarship was established in honor of U.S. district Court Judge John Feikens and his long and distinguished career as an exemplary Christian lawyer and judge. Judge Feikens, a 1939 graduate, was honored in 1972 as a distinguished alumnus of Calvin College. The establishment of this scholarship was suggested by Calvin College President Emeritus Gaylen Byker who was a law clerk and long-time friend of Judge Feikens. The endowment for this scholarship was funded by the family and estate of the judge, by President Emeritus Gaylen Byker and other former law clerks, and by friends of the judge.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.50+
  • Major: Political Science
    Pre-Law
  • Criteria
    • pursuing a pre-law program or a political science major
    • planning to attend law school
  • Award Amount: $4,000
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Peace and Justice Scholarship

Calvin College alumnus Paul Hoffman (A.B. 1957) initially established this scholarship in June 1987. The fund will award scholarships to Calvin College students who are actively involved with global peace and justice issues, particularly related to the causes of war and conditions for peace in the nuclear age. Although Paul Hoffman is the founder and continuing supporter of this scholarship, contributions from like-minded constituents and friends are welcome.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Political Science
  • Criteria
    • political science major
    • be actively involved with global peace and justice issues
  • Award Amount: $1,500
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the political science department
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Dr. James Penning Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship, which honors the life and work of Dr. James Penning, Calvin professor of Political Science for 35 years, is to assist and encourage students who are interested in pursuing a career related to state and local government, and/or public administration. These were the areas of Dr. Penning's passion, expertise, and ongoing research. Dr. Penning was a gifted scholar, and a kind and compassionate man with an endless sense of humor, who loved his work and was an inspiration to many students. This scholarship, established by Dr. Marge Penning, his wife of 38 years, recognizes and honors his love for teaching and Calvin College.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.20+
  • Major: Political Science
  • Criteria
    • political science major
    • interested in a career in state and local government
    • preference may be given to students interested in an internship
  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the political science department
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Charles Strikwerda Scholarship in Political Science

John Van Dellen was a graduate of Calvin who entered the real estate profession following military service in World War II. A man of many talents and varied interests, John served his city and church in numerous ways. John established this scholarship to honor his nephew, Calvin Political Science Professor Charles Strikwerda.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Political Science
  • Criteria
    • political science or international relations major
    • excellent students in and out of class as demonstrated by regular, thoughtful, and cheerful contributions in class discussions and by participation in campus and/or community activities
    • contributes significantly to the classroom and campus environment
  • Award Amount: $1,900
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: apply through the political science department
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Jacob and Rena Van Dellen Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. Theodore Van Dellen in honor of his parents, Jacob and Rena Van Dellen. Theodore's daughter, Karen, and her husband, John Feltis, added to this scholarship on the death of Ruth Vis Van Dellen, her mother and Theodore's wife. Jacob and Rena Van Dellen moved back to Grand Rapids (where they had been born) so that their three children could obtain a Christian education, first in the Grand Rapids Christian Schools and then at Calvin. Their legacy continues to following generations, with three named scholarships established at Calvin by their children and grandchildren.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Political Science
    Pre-Law
  • Criteria
    • political science major or pursuing a pre-law program
  • Award Amount: $2,100
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship

Barbara and Lyle Voskuil are both graduates of Calvin. Lyle appreciates the acceptance and encouragement which allowed him to receive a fine education and thus have a rewarding career. Barbara wishes to show her appreciation for the quality liberal arts education which enabled her to have a 30 year teaching career. Lyle is especially appreciative of Professor Holstege.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Economics
    Political Science
  • Criteria
    • economics or political science major
    • preference to those interested in international and global relationships and how the world can work together
  • Award Amount: $2,700
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, with a GPA of 3.00+
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: political science majors apply through the political science department; economics majors apply through the Calvin Portal
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Johan and Wilma Westra Scholarship

Dr. Johan G. Westra was the first full-time political science professor at Calvin and taught for many years. He also served as the pre-law advisor for more than 20 years. Wilma Westra has served Calvin as bookstore manager, executive secretary of the Alumni Association, Coordinator of Adult and Continuing Education, and as a volunteer Knollcrest Festival Chair.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Political Science
    Pre-Law
  • Criteria
    • political science major or pursuing a pre-law program
    • preference given to students active in volunteer work and interested in a career of public service
  • Award Amount: $900
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, with a GPA of 3.00+ and active in volunteer service
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the political science department
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Donald and Nancy Wierenga Business and Public Service Scholarship

Following in his father's footsteps, Donald Wierenga established a successful insurance business in Byron Center, MI where he also served as Byron Township Treasurer. Over his 40 plus years of private and public service, Don Wierenga modeled Christian business practices, community service, and stewardship to his children. He and his wife, Nancy, were highly committed to Christian education and worked diligently to send their children to Christian elementary and secondary schools, and also to Calvin College. This scholarship is established to express appreciation for the Wierenga's legacy and to support the continued development of Christian business leaders.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Business
    Political Science
  • Criteria
    • pursuing a business and/or political science major with a demonstrated interest and aptitude in business leadership and public/community service
    • be from Byron Center, MI
  • Award Amount: $2,500
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? yes
  • Application process: apply through the Calvin Portal
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Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship

Mr. Gerrit and Mrs. Carol Zylstra established this scholarship to honor their brother, Dr. Bernard Zylstra, former Professor of Political Theory and President of the Institute for Christian Studies. Bernard Zylstra actively promoted the development of Christian political theory, and this scholarship is intended to encourage students to pursue studies in the development of Christian political theory.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: History
    Philosophy
    Political Science
  • Criteria
    • history, philosophy or political science major
    • evidence of Christian character and promise of growth
    • must submit a 1,200 word essay that reflects on some article by Bernard Zylstra concerning political theory
    • provide a statement of potential career goals that indicates some relevance to political theory and of how this scholarship would help accomplish those career goals
  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Number available: three
  • Renewable? no
  • Need based? no
  • Application process: to apply, complete the application and the recommendation form through the political science department

A reception is held each year to honor the recipients and the donors of our scholarships.

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