May 21, 2003
Dan Rinzema, a Calvin College junior, is one of five winners of a scholarship from the West Michigan Chapter of Financial Executives International.
The Grand Rapids native and Unity Christian graduate earned a $1,000 award from the local chapter (after being nominated this spring by Calvin business professor Robert Medema), joining students from Grand Valley, Western Michigan and Central Michigan universities.
"It's heartening that Dan won this award," says Medema. "It shows that Calvin can and does provide an excellent education in a variety of professional disciplines, including finance, in addition to providing an excellent liberal arts education."
The Western Michigan Chapter of FEI provided five scholarships of $1,000 each this year to local students. The criteria for the award include academic performance, relevant work experience and other outside activities.
Rinzema, who will graduate Calvin in May 2004 with a bachelor of science in business degree, fits the bill.
He has a 3.9 grade point average at Calvin and for the last four years has worked at Datacomp in Grand Rapids, working on marketing projects, quality control, web-based reimbursements and on-line ordering systems. In fact, he designed, implemented and evaluated an on-line ordering system that reduced overall supply costs by 30 percent.
He has been a tutor at Calvin this school year and also works locally as a security guard, a post he has held for almost two years. On top of all that he was a member of the Calvin track and field team.
"Just reading his resume makes me tired," says Medema with a chuckle. "Seriously, Dan is a highly motivated and capable young man. I am confident he has the intelligence, energy and discipline to succeed in whatever he decides to do."
Rinzema plans to participate in The Chicago Semester next year, a program sponsored by Calvin and five other colleges. The program challenges students to integrate their personal, professional and public lives through urban exposure, academic seminars and a wide range of internships. After that program he will stay in Chicago to pursue an MBA at the University of Chicago.