More than 20 Alumni Networks award scholarships to students attending Calvin from their local area. Students do not need to be children of alumni to receive these scholarships. Most scholarships are awarded to first-year students, but others are awarded to returning students or transfer students. See the network scholarships page for details.
The Calvin Alumni Association provides funds for scholarships for U.S. and Canadian students of color for their first year at Calvin. Primary factors in the selection are the student's academic record, motivation, character, potential for success at Calvin, and financial need. A minimum 2.5 high school GPA is required. Scholarship recipients are selected by the Alumni Association Board and the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Up to five scholarships of $2,000 are available for the 2014-15 academic year. Applications must be received (not just postmarked) by February 1 of the student's senior year of high school.
Application deadline: February 1 of a student's senior year of high school (for 2014, applications will be accepted if received by February 3, since February 1 is a Saturday)
Each year, almost 40% of incoming Calvin students are children of Calvin alumni, known as "legacy" students. To celebrate the legacy of Calvin attendance in succeeding generations, the Calvin Alumni Association annually awards scholarships of $1500 each to students who are third-generation (or more) legacy students. This is a competitive scholarship process; scholarships are not automatically awarded. These are one-time scholarships to be used the student's first year at Calvin.
To apply, students must meet these basic requirements as well as answer one essay question::
- students applying to Calvin as high school seniors and admitted to Calvin by February 1
- candidates must have at least one parent plus at least two additional direct ancestors (a second parent, grandparents, great-grandparents) who are alumni
- "Alumni" are defined as those who have attended Calvin for at least the equivalent of two full semesters.
- Alumni siblings, cousins and aunts/uncles are not considered director ancestors for the purpose of this scholarship.
- Examples: Students would meet the Legacy Scholarship criteria if they had a) 2 alumni parents + one alum grandparent or b) 1 alum parent + 2 alum grandparents or c) 1 alum parent + 1 alum grandparent + 1 alum great-grandparent
- minimum 3.0 GPA
Application form: Apply online
The Calvin Alumni Association is supportive of students seeking off-campus study experiences during interim. The organization has made ten (10) $500 travel grants available to Calvin students. Applications are available from the financial aid office in September and are due October 1.
On January 25, 1997, an automobile accident took the life of Calvin senior Brian De Wall (Fruitport, Michigan) and seriously injured Moni Anders (Galena, Ohio), Lori Powell (Worthington, Ohio), and Matt Remein (Silver Spring, Maryland). In time, Moni recovered, but Lori and Matt remained limited by brain injury, and Lori eventually passed away in May 2006. In October 1999, a group of 46 Calvin students, staff, and alumni (organized by the chaplain’s office) ran in the Chicago Marathon to raise money and encourage the DeWall, Powell and Remein families whose lives were daily affected by that crash. The endowed dollars from this fundraising effort are entrusted to the alumni network leadership in the areas where these students lived to give thanks to God for their lives and to provide assistance for future Calvin students in their names.
Brian De Wall Lakeshore Scholarship
One scholarship (one year only) is awarded to a first-year student from western Michigan, with preference given to students pursuing a degree in engineering. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Interested candidates should apply through the Lakeshore Alumni Network.
Lori Powell Central Ohio Scholarship
One scholarship (one year only) is awarded to a first-year student from the Central Ohio area, with preference given to students pursuing a degree in elementary or secondary education. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Interested candidates should send a letter describing their academic qualifications and career goals to the financial aid office by February 1.
Matthew Remein D.C. Area Scholarship
One scholarship (one year only) is awarded to a first-year student from the greater D.C. area, with preference given to students pursuing a career in ministry. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Interested candidates should apply through the D.C. Area Alumni Network.
Cornelius and Marian Joosse Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established with gifts from Mr. Harry and Mrs. Barb Kampenga in honor of their parents, Mr. Cornelius and Mrs. Marian Joosse. Typically, the Southeast Wisconsin Alumni Network awards one scholarship of $1,500 to an upper-class student. Interested candidates should apply through the Southeast Wisconsin Alumni Network.