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H. Henry Meeter Center: Specializing in John Calvin, Calvinism, the Reformation, and Early Modern Studies


Hugh & Eve Meeter Calvinism Awards for High School Seniors

The topic for 2014 is:

John Calvin and the Lord's Supper

John Calvin wrote and taught extensively on the meaning of the Lord's Supper, especially in his commentaries (see his commentary on 1 Corinthians 11), his Institutes of the Christian Religion, book 4, chapter XVII, and his Short Treatise on the Lord's Supper (in Selected Works of John Calvin: Tracts and Letters, vol. 2). Papers should present Calvin's understanding of the Lord's Supper's significance particularly in terms of the presence of Christ in the sacrament and the need to guard against unworthy participation, and discuss whether and in what ways Calvin's views still hold in today's churches.

Awards are given annually for research papers on a topic dealing with John Calvin or Calvinism. First Prize is $2,500 and Second Prize is $1,250. Awards are payable to student tuition accounts at the following colleges: Calvin, Dordt, King's (Canada), Redeemer (Canada), Kuyper, and Trinity Christian.

Research Paper Format Guidelines

Papers should be 8 to 12 pages long, typed double-spaced, and include footnotes or endnotes as well as a bibliography. Pages must be numbered. Papers must include a cover sheet with the following information:

  • name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • e-mail address
  • high school
  • principal's name
  • church (include address)
  • pastor's name
  • how you learned about the scholarship

No name or other identifying information should appear on any page except the cover. The Meeter Center will assign each entry a code number and write it on the pages of the paper. This assures impartial judging of the papers by the Calvinism Committee and allows for accurate identification.

The Calvinism Committee will judge the papers by the following criteria:

  1. Thoroughness of research, including primary sources and quality secondary sources.
  2. Coherence and originality of the argument.
  3. Quality of writing.
  4. Relatedness to contemporary situation.

Papers must be sent in on or before January 15, 2014. The Calvinism Committee will select winners by March 15, 2014, from applicants who will attend college in the fall of 2014. All participants will be notified of their status by mail.

Finding Sources

Suggested resources include libraries of churches, pastors, teachers, and schools. In addition public and university libraries may offer interlibrary loan service, which one may use to obtain books not available locally. Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Beveridge translation of Calvin's Institutes can be found online in the Post Reformation Digital Library, accessible from the Meeter Center's homepage. Many of John Calvin’s works can be accessed online through the Christian Classics Ethereal Library at: Via the Center's homepage, the Hekman Library Catalog can be accessed to search for books on the topic. Also, search the Meeter Center’s online database entitled Calvinism Resources Database to find sources. This can be found on the Meeter Center’s homepage at:

Submitting a Research Paper

Please send entries to the following address:

The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies
Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary
1855 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4402

If you have any questions regarding the Hugh and Eve Meeter Calvinism Awards for High School Seniors, please feel free to contact the Meeter Center at the above address or at the following numbers and e-mail address:

Telephone: 1-616-526-7081
Fax: 1-616-526-7687