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Student Scholarships: Alumni Network Scholarships

Calvin Alumni Association Network Scholarships are sponsored by Calvin alumni for students coming to Calvin from their local network (formerly chapter) area. These scholarships are available to all students from the geographic area, not just children of alumni. This information will be updated as it is received from network leaders. All monies donated through the "Donate Now" link will be applied to that network scholarship fund. Thank you for your support!

Questions? Contact the alumni office: alumni@calvin.edu | 616-526-6142

Alaska Network | donate now »

1. Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014 and live in Alaska.
2. The award is primarily need-based.
3. Academic ability, demonstrated Christian service, personal character and professional promise will be considered.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Erin Vander Lugt
A minimum of $1,000 scholarships will be awarded as funds allow.

Arizona - Phoenix Network | donate now »

  • Applicant must be a high school senior who has applied to Calvin and lives in the Phoenix area.
  • Applicant must answer the questions on the application to the best of their ability.
  • Applicant must supply a transcript which shows their two most recent years of education.
  • Two written references must be submitted on behalf the the student.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Calvin alummi office (616-526-6142).
One or more $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Arizona - Tucson Network | donate now »

  • Applicant must be a high school senior who has applied to Calvin and lives in the Tucson area.
  • Applicant must answer the questions on the application to the best of their ability.
  • Applicant must supply a high school transcript.
  • Applicant must include two letters or recommendation, one from church and one from school.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contacts: Ellen Vellenga or David Vellenga (520-797-3731).
As many $1000 scholarships will be given as funds allow.

Black Alumni Network | donate now »

All current first-year Calvin College Black students (African-American or from any other country) who meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for the Calvin Black Alumni Network Book Grants:

1. will have completed two semesters by June 1, 2014;
2. will be Sophomores in academically good standing at the college during 2014-2015; and
3. will be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2014-2015 school year.

Application: Scholarship Criteria and Instructions | Application Form (both are Word documents)
Application deadline: Wednesday, January 29 at 5 p.m.
Contact: Susan Buist, Calvin Alumni Association
Book grants of $300 for use at the campus store; at least five (5) will be awarded, with exact number determined by funds available

British Columbia Network | donate now »

1. Applicant must be an enrolled, first-year student for the 2014-2015 school year.
2. Scholarship will be awarded based on Christian character, community involvement and desire for a Christian higher education. Consideration will also be given to individuals who display evidence of leadership, volunteerism and service to the community, with a preference to those students not receiving other Calvin scholarships.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Elaine Smit (604-271-0283).
One $1000 scholarship will be awarded.

California - Bay Area Network | donate now »

The Bay Area Network (generally defined as zip codes 93600-95999) offers partial airfare reimbursement for high school students visiting Calvin. An application is available and details must be finalized in advance of the student's trip to Calvin. Contact Mary Schrotenboer for details.

Until recent years, the network has provided scholarships for one or more incoming Calvin students from our area. It is the hope of Bay Area Network to reinstate the scholarship program if donations to our scholarship fund once again reach a level to do this.

California - Southern Network | donate now »

Alumni in Southern California want to encourage you to visit Calvin, and our alumni network will help you get there! If you are a junior or senior who lives in Southern California (generally defined as zip codes 90000-91899, 92200-93199, 93400-93499) and visit through our Fridays at Calvin program, the admissions office will give you a $200 voucher up front to help cover your flight. If you apply and enroll by May 1 of your senior year and bring your travel receipts to the admissions office by the end of your first semester on campus, then we’ll reimburse you for the remainder of your flight AND give you an additional $500 scholarship.

For more information, contact admissions counselor Becky Kim and check her schedule to find out when she'll be visiting your area.

California - San Diego Network | donate now »

Alumni in Southern California want to encourage you to visit Calvin, and our alumni network will help you get there! If you are a junior or senior who lives in San Diego a (generally defined as zip codes 91900-92199) and visit through our Fridays at Calvin program, the admissions office will give you a $200 voucher up front to help cover your flight. If you apply and enroll by May 1 of your senior year and bring your travel receipts to the admissions office by the end of your first semester on campus, then we’ll reimburse you for the remainder of your flight AND give you an additional $500 scholarship.

For more information, contact admissions counselor Becky Kim and check her schedule to find out when she'll be visiting your area.

Florida - Gulf Coast Network | donate now »

1. Applicant must be a first-year student who will begin Calvin in the fall of 2014.
2. Scholarship will be awarded based primarily on academic performance and community involvement.
3. Applicant must live in the Gulf Coast Network area (generally defined as zip codes 33500-33999, 34100-34299 and 34600-34699)

Application/Contact: Max Vreugdenhil (941-794-3016); deadline is February 1, 2014.

Florida - South Network | donate now »

First-year Student Scholarships:

1. Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014.
2. Scholarship considerations are GPA, Christian commitment and character, involvement in service opportunities, participation in extracurricular school activities, and participation in church and community activities.
3. Applicant must be from Palm Beach and surrounding counties (Dade, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie, etc.).

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Phil Wierenga
One or more $1000 - $1500 scholarships will be awarded depending on funds available.

Sophomore Student Scholarships:

1. Applicant must be a sophomore for the 2014-2015 school year.
2. Applicant must have an accumulated GPA of at least 2.0.
3. Applicant must be from Palm Beach and surrounding counties (Dade, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie, etc.).

Application/Contact: Write a brief letter of application with your name, Florida address, major(s) and send a copy of your most current Calvin transcript to Phil Wierenga (10811 Cambay Circle, Boynton Beach, FL 33437); deadline is February 1, 2014.

$500 scholarships will be awarded; the number of scholarships depends on funds available.

Honduras Network | donate now »

"It is our desire to set up a scholarship so that Honduran students might be able to attend Calvin. For many of these students, the only thing that impedes them from attending is the cost. They have a dream but lack the financial resources to make that dream a reality. In addition to tuition and room-and-board fees, these students have to pay for international flights, visas, passports, and other fees that go along with being an international student.

We will be setting up a scholarship fund that will be able to make the cost of attending Calvin more affordable for students who exhibit the following qualities: a strong desire to attend Calvin, a growing relationship with God, and a solid work ethic that will allow them to succeed at Calvin."

- Brittany Roode, Jenny Espinoza and Julienne Louters

More information TBD. In the meanwhile, contact alumni@calvin.edu.

Illinois/Indiana - Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Network | donate now »

1. Applicant must be a first-year student from the Chicagoland area (generally defined as zip codes 46300-46499 and 60000-60899).
2. Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis, with consideration being given to scholastic achievement and to individuals who display a life of faith as evidenced by commitment in the areas of leadership, volunteerism, and service to the community.
3. Preference will be given to applicants who have not already received a significant award such as a National Merit Scholarship or Calvin Presidential Scholarship.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Susan Anderson (630-462-0406).
As many $1000 scholarships will be given as funds allow.

Kansas - Kansas City Network | donate now »

1. Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014.
2. Applicant must be resident of the metro Kansas City area (area codes 913 or 816).
3. The award will be based primarily on academic excellence, financial need, Christian character, commitment to service and evidence of leadership.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Brent Vander Ark
One or more $2750 scholarship will be awarded as funds allow.

Maryland/Baltimore Network

See information on the Washington, DC, Alumni Network Scholarships.

Michigan - Grand Rapids Network | donate now »

1. Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014
2. Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
3. Service Scholarship will be awarded based on volunteer activity/service in your church, community, school, etc.
4. Applicants must attend a high school in Kent County (or, if home-schooled, live in Kent County).

Application (complete form): Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014) - must be typed!
Recommendation Form (only): Word | PDF - must be typed!
Applications are also available from local high school guidance offices or Alumni Office (616-526-6142).
Contact: Alumni Office (616-526-6142).
At least nine $2500 service scholarships ($1500 first year, $1000 second year) will be awarded.

Michigan - Lakeshore Network | donate now »

1. Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014.
2. Scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis, with primary consideration given to individuals who display evidence of faith commitment in the areas of leadership, volunteerism and service to the community.
3. Students must attend a high school in Ottawa, Muskegon, or Allegan Counties (or, if home-schooled, live in one of these counties).
4. Preference will be given to applicants who have not already received a significant award, such as a National Merit Scholarship, Calvin Presidential Scholarship, or Peters Scholarship.

Application: Word | PDF (must be postmarked by February 1, 2014)
Applications are also available from local high school guidance counselors.
$1000 scholarships will be awarded.

Michigan - Lansing/Mid-Michigan Network | donate now »

  • Applicant must be a first-year students entering Calvin in the fall of 2014.
  • Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • Main consideration for this award is a record of volunteer activity or service in your church, community, school, etc.
  • Students must live in the Mid-Michigan Network area (within the area bounded on the north by M21, on the west by M66, on the east by M52 and on the south by the southern boundaries of Eaton and Ingham counties).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not already received a significant award, such as a National Merit Scholarship or Calvin Presidential Scholarship.
  • Two written references must be submitted.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Derek Bajema
One or more scholarships of approximately $1000 each will be awarded.

Michigan - Southeast Network | donate now »

  • Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014.
  • Applicant must live in the Southeast Michigan Network area (generally defined as zip codes 48000-48399).
  • Consideration will be given as follows: answers to application questions (20%); cumulative grade point average at the end of your most recent semester (20%); two written references using forms provided (20%); interview with local alumni (40%).

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 15, 2014)
Recommendation Form: Word | PDF
Contact: Andrea House (734-238-0554)
Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Michigan - Southwest (Kalamazoo) Network | donate now »

1. Applicants must be high school seniors who live in the Southwest Michigan Network area (generally defined as zip codes 49000-49199).
2. Consideration will be based on answers to application questions and involvement in extra-curricular activities such as school activities and volunteer/service projects.
3. Preference will be given to students who have not already received a Calvin National Merit or Presidential Scholarship. Financial need may be a consideration.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Mary Jane Baylor (269-375-4480).
The number of scholarships awarded will be based on funding.

New Jersey / New York City Network | donate now »

The Network Scholarship Committee, in conjunction with the financial aid office, will select the recipient(s) of this award.

  • Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014.
  • Applicant must be from the local area (New Jersey, or the New York City metro area).
  • Consideration will be given to demonstrated Christian service, personal character and professional promise.
  • The award is primarily academic in nature, but preference will be given to students not receiving other academic scholarships from Calvin or other sources. Need, though not the primary factor, will be considered.

  • Application (complete form): Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
    Recommendation Form (only): Word | PDF
    Contact: David Visbeen
    One or more scholarships of approximately $1000 each.

SOPHOMORE scholarship renewal for current first-year recipients:

Current first-year students at Calvin who received a NJ/NY Network scholarship last year are eligible to renewed their scholarship as a sophomore.The criteria for the first-year scholarships will also be used for the sophomore scholarships.
Application (complete form): Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Recommendation Form (only): Word | PDF
Contact: Jackie Streelman

Washington, DC Network | donate now »

  • Applicants may be incoming first-year or transfer students for Calvin in the fall of 2014.
  • Applicants must live in the greater DC/Baltimore area (generally defined as zip codes 19900-21899, 22000-22599, 25400-25499, and 26700-26899).
  • Scholarships are awarded based on Christian commitment, scholastic achievement, personal character and professional promise.

Application form: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Please note: three copies of the recommendation are required.
Contact: Brandon Hunt

Washington - Lynden Network | donate now »

  • Applicant must be a first-year student entering Calvin in the fall of 2014.
  • Applicant must live within the Lynden Network area.
  • Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
  • This scholarship will be awarded on a demonstrated and competitive basis, with consideration being given to individuals who display evidence of faith commitment in areas of leadership, volunteerism and service to the church, school, and community.

    Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
    Contact: Kelly DeJong (360-318-0794).

Wisconsin - Southeastern Network | donate now »

  • Applicant may be a current undergraduate college student who have completed at least two years of undergraduate education as of June 2013, and intend to transfer to Calvin during the next academic year.
  • Applicant must either be a resident of Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, or Waukesha County, Wisconsin, or regularly attend a church in one of those counties.

Application: Word | PDF (deadline is February 1, 2014)
Contact: Victor Plantinga