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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 2015 is:

John Calvin and Vocation

What do we mean when we say we have a vocation or a calling to a particular occupation or profession or way of life? Is that just a pious way of referring to our jobs or careers, or is there more to vocation than that? What are God’s expectations of us in our professional and personal lives, and how do these expectations fit with society’s norms? Papers should examine John Calvin’s teachings on vocation, as found in his Institutes, book III, chapter 10, section 6 (the same text can be found in The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, pp. 92-94) and in his commentary on I Corinthians 7: 20-24, and evaluate his teachings in the light of our 21st century mindsets and practices. Students should use at least two secondary sources on Calvin and vocation to set Calvin’s perspective in its context.

Awards are given annually for research papers on a topic dealing with John Calvin or Calvinism. First Prize is $3,500 and three Second Prizes of $2,000. 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, 2015. The Calvinism Committee will select winners by March 15, 2015, from applicants who will attend college in the fall of 2015. 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