In Their Own Words

Scholarships we offer

Alumni Network Scholarships
Black Alumni Network Book Grant

For current first-year Calvin students to help defray the cost of academic books and to encourage students in their academic pursuits.


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. Applicant will:

  1. have completed two semesters by June 1, 2015
  2. be sophomores in academically good standing at the college during 2015–2016
  3. be enrolled as a full-time student for the 2015–2016 school year

Applications must be received by March 26, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Members of the Black Alumni Network will review applications, select finalists to be interviewed, and set up interviews on the afternoon of Saturday, April 11, 2015. Finalists must be available for an interview; students not available for this part of the process will not be considered for grants. After those sessions, a final decision on recipients of the 2015 Book Grants will be made, and those who interview will be notified during the following week.

Application (.docx)


Susan Buist, Program Coordinator, Calvin Alumni Association (616-526-8520).
Legacy Scholarships

The Calvin Alumni Association annually awards scholarships of $1,500 to students who are third-generation (or more) from their family. This is a competitive scholarship process (they are not automatically awarded) and a one-time award for the student's first year at Calvin.


In addition to answering one essay question, applicants must meet these requirements:

  1. Apply to Calvin as a high school senior and be admitted to Calvin by February 1.
  2. 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 direct ancestors for the purpose of this scholarship. Students would meet the Legacy Scholarship criteria if they had two alumni parents + one alum grandparent; or, one alum parent + two alum grandparents; or, one alum parent + one alum grandparent + one alum great-grandparent.
  3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  4. Deadline: February 2 of a student's senior year of high school.

Thank you for your interest! We are no longer accepting applications for this scholarship.

Students of Color Scholarships

For prospective U.S. and Canadian students of color for their first year at Calvin. Up to five scholarships of $2,000 are available for the 2015–2016 school year.


Primary factors 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.

Applications must be received by February 2, 2015.

Application (.docx)

See also Black Alumni Network Book Grants (.doc) for current first-year Calvin students.

Memorial Scholarships

In memory of special friends and alumni of Calvin, these scholarships maintain a special connection to alumni networks.

  1. Brian De Wall, Lori Powell and Matt Remein Scholarship
    See the Washington, DC or Michigan-Lakeshore Network.
  2. Cornelius and Marian Joosse Memorial Scholarship
    See the Wisconsin Network.
Interim Travel Scholarships

The Calvin Alumni Association supports students with 10 travel grants available for students who want to travel and study off campus during interim. Applications are available from the financial aid office in September and are due in October.