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
Bolt Family Scholarship $3,200 JR/SR 3.30
John T. Daling Memorial Scholarship $2,200 JR/SR 3.20
Lester and Viola De Boer Psychology Scholarship $3,700 JR/SR 2.50
John and Gwendolyn Jansma Scholarship $3,000 SO/JR/SR 3.50
Cornelius A. and Lettie G. Plantinga Scholarship $4,200 JR/SR 3.50
Alfred J. Reynolds and Bette Reynolds Goote Scholarship in Psychology $1,900 JR/SR 2.50
Renee and Robert Rietema Family Scholarship $3,000 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Vanderploeg-Edgerly Scholarship $1,000 JR/SR 3.00
Theodore C. Wagenaar Scholarship $450 SO/JR/SR 3.00
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Bolt Family Scholarship

This scholarship was initially provided in memory of father and son pastors, Rev. Martin Bolt (1902-1978) and Rev. Calvin Bolt (1933-1997). Together they provided 75 years of service to the Christian Reformed Church through their ministry to congregations, leadership to education boards and denomination government, and love and support for world missions. Their work was thoughtfully supported and encouraged by Tena Bouma Bolt, who believed in this mission along with her husband and son. Additionally, the children and grandchildren express their gratitude for Martin Bolt (Calvin professor of psychology for 38 years), Robert Bolt (Calvin professor of history for 30 years), and their sisters, Norma Tinholt and Theressa Brouwer, who by their lives and training have modeled lives of commitment and service to their Lord and Savior. It is the family's desire to provide scholarships for Calvin students who aspire to graduate-level training with the intention of securing a faculty position in higher education.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.30+
  • Major: Pre-Seminary
    Psychology
  • Criteria
    • psychology major or pursuing a pre-ministry program
  • Award Amount: $3,200
  • Number available: two
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: considered
  • Application process: psychology students apply through the psychology department; pre-ministry students apply through the Calvin Portal
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John T. Daling Memorial Scholarship

Dr. John Daling was a founder of the Calvin Psychology Department. He taught psychology from 1945 to 1974 and was a beloved professor, mentor, and friend to thousands of students. In his memory and honor, the Daling family established this scholarship.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.20+
  • Major: Psychology
  • Criteria
    • psychology major
  • Award Amount: $2,200
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: not required
  • Application process: applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
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Lester and Viola De Boer Psychology Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to qualified students who have chosen psychology as their major field of study. Dr. De Boer, a school psychologist, attended Calvin from 1937 to 1940. He had a strong interest in special education and helping people with learning disabilities. His wife, Viola, established this scholarship in his memory to recognize his achievements and to encourage and honor Calvin students studying in the field of psychology.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Psychology
  • Criteria
    • psychology major
    • preference to students with physical disabilities or to students who have an interest in working with children with special needs
  • Award Amount: $3,700
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: considered
  • Application process: applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
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John and Gwendolyn Jansma Scholarship

As faithful contributors to Calvin, John and Gwendolyn Jansma established this scholarship in order to provide financial assistance for students in need. The Jansmas desire to help academically talented young people reach their potential using God-given gifts. With a particular interest in psychology and Christian faith, John and Gwendolyn provide this scholarship for students who plan to pursue a professional career in psychology, social work or a closely related field.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.50+
  • Major: Psychology
  • Criteria
    • psychology major
    • demonstrate a Christian character
    • preference is given to those who demonstrate a strong interest in a professional career in Christian ministry
  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, if criteria is met
  • Financial need is: considered
  • Application process: applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
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Cornelius A. and Lettie G. Plantinga Scholarship

To honor their father and mother, the four sons of Dr. and Mrs. Plantinga, (Alvin, Leon, Terry, and Neal) have joined with other family members, friends, and former students of their parents to establish this scholarship. Dr. Plantinga taught psychology at Calvin from 1950 to 1973, and Mrs. Plantinga taught various grades in the Grand Rapids Christian and public schools, as well as serving the Calvin Education Department as supervisor of student teachers. Dr. and Mrs. Plantinga believed in the power and beauty of Christian higher education and, particularly, of Christian higher education at Calvin. They and all their sons and most of their grandchildren graduated from Calvin.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.50+
  • Major: Psychology
  • Criteria
    • psychology major
    • demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing psychology from a Christian perspective
  • Award Amount: $4,200
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: considered
  • Application process: applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
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Alfred J. Reynolds and Bette Reynolds Goote Scholarship in Psychology

This scholarship was established by Bette Reynolds-Goote in memory of her husband, Alfred J. Reynolds, esteemed and much loved member of the Calvin Psychology Department from 1965 to 1990. In addition to teaching virtually all psychology majors for a quarter century, Dr. Reynolds served as the first Director of Calvin's Psychological Institute, now the Broene Counseling Center. He developed and effectively taught the departments first courses in statistics, research design, and psychological measurement. Strongly committed to Christian higher education, Dr. Reynolds consistently demonstrated deep concern for Calvin students and in return received many letters of thanks and appreciation. He inspired and challenged them to achieve their potential and, at the same time, demonstrated patience, compassion, and an insightful understanding of their individual differences. In awarding this scholarship, preference will be given to a junior or senior psychology major who has demonstrated excellence in statistics and research design and plans to pursue graduate study in psychology.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50+
  • Major: Psychology
  • Criteria
    • psychology major
    • preference to those interested statistics and research design
  • Award Amount: $1,900
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: not required
  • Application process: applications are closed for the 2015-2016 year
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Renee and Robert Rietema Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the children of Renee and Robert Rietema out of gratitude for the enormous sacrifices their parents made to provide them with an academically rigorous, Christ-centered education. They are tremendously grateful for that gift, and provide this scholarship to help others have the same experience. This scholarship is focused on psychology and engineering students in recognition of the disciplines Renee and Robert pursued while attending Calvin.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Engineering
    Psychology
  • Criteria
    • pursuing a degree in engineering with a mechanical concentration or be a psychology major
  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? no
  • Financial need is: considered
  • 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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Vanderploeg-Edgerly Scholarship

Gretchen Vanderploeg Edgerly graduated from Calvin in 1977 with a major in psychology. She went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her husband, David W. Edgerly, also earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the same institution. The Edgerlys maintain a strong commitment to Christian education and Calvin. They also maintain a strong commitment to education about, prevention of, and treatment for child sexual abuse. This scholarship was established for students in the fields of psychology, sociology, and social work.

Details

  • Class Level: JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Psychology
    Social Work
    Sociology
  • Criteria
    • psychology, sociology or social work major
    • agree to write a major paper on the topic of child sexual abuse
  • Award Amount: $1,000
  • Number available: two
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: not required
  • Application process: apply through the psychology department, the sociology department or the social work department
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Theodore C. Wagenaar Scholarship

This scholarship supports student travel to Calvin's programs in the Southwest United States. Dr. Wagenaar desires to strengthen students' interest in studying the cultures of the Southwest. In that light, preference will be given to students pursuing a social science or an education degree. This scholarship is intended to assist with expenses associated with an interim or semester spent off campus in the Southwest United States.

Details

  • Class Level: SO   JR   SR  
  • Minimum GPA: 3.00+
  • Major: Education
    Psychology
    Sociology
  • Criteria
    • planning to participate in an off campus interim or semester in the southwest United States
    • pursuing a degree in social sciences or education, in that order
  • Award Amount: $450
  • Number available: one
  • Renewable? yes, to be considered for renewal, current recipients must re-apply
  • Financial need is: required
  • 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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