The following scholarships are available to students studying off- campus in Calvin-sponsored semester programs. See each description for individual scholarship requirements. After students are accepted into semester programs, they will be sent the applications for which they may be eligible.
1.) Bays-Herzberg Asian Studies Scholarship
- for fall semester Study in China program only
- 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
- junior or senior class level at the time scholarship is used
- demonstrate an interest in pursuing Asian Studies as a major or minor, having taken at least one course in Asian Studies
- some evidence of financial need
One scholarship of $1,500 to a fall semester student.
2.) Kate Bytwerk Scholarship
This scholarship was established by communications arts and sciences professor Randall Bytwerk, together with his wife Sharon, in honor of their daughter Kate, who died at age 12 while hiking during a semester spent in Hungary in 1996. It is awarded to a student who fulfills the following requirements:
- A GPA of at least 2.5
- junior or senior at the time the scholarship is used
- applying to a semester program outside the United States
Financial need may be considered. One scholarship of $3,100.
3.) Bradley C. Miller Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Brad Miller '86, an economics and mathematics major with an interest in integrating faith with economic growth in the developing world. It is awarded to a student who fulfills the following requirements:
- 3.0 GPA or higher
- sophomore or junior status by the time of program; preference may be given to students going into their junior year
- applying to a semester program in the non-Western world
- financial need is not required
One scholarship of $1,250.
4.) The RoMan Manufacturing Asian Studies Scholarship
This scholarship was established by RoMan Manufacturing, a company headquartered in Grand Rapids whcih recognizes the need for cross-cultural competency, Chinese language proficiency, and understanding of Chinese business and engineering practices. It is awarded to a student who fulfills the following requirements:
- Be studying in China for a semester.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic, insight into the China study experience, and a strong desire to go to China.
- Financial need as defined by government programs is not required, but there should be some evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses.
- Preference will be given to students majoring in business or pursuing a degree in engineering. Additional preference will be given to students with some Chinese language proficiency.
A scholarship will be awarded annually assuming there are candidates who meet the award criteria. Up to two scholarships may be awarded in the amount of $1,750.
5.) Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.The deadline to apply for a scholarship for Spring 2016 is October 6, 2016. For information on how to apply, click here.
Apply for financial aid for your interim course:
You can receive financial aid toward your off-campus interim course in the form of an interim grant or a named scholarship.
A student could be eligible for approximately 20% of the net cost of an interim (interim cost minus room and board adjustment) if they have filled out the Interim Grant Application and have qualified for need-based aid. Need is determined by filing the Federal FAFSA application or Calvin's Canadian Financial Aid Form.
Grants are awarded on a rolling basis after students have filled out the Interim Grant Application. The application deadline is the end of October, but late applications may still be considered.
Please note that this grant is different from the Interim Travel grant from Student Housing given to students living in on campus housing. (The grant from student housing is $500 if you live on campus the whole year and $250 if you live on campus fall or spring semester. To verify the amount of your reimbursement, please check with the Housing Office).
Some named scholarships are available for students traveling off-campus for interim. The amount of these scholarships varies. Check with financial aid to find out more.
Please check here for the forms for the Off-Campus Interim Grant and the Off-Campus Interim Scholarship. The forms you will need are typically available at some time in September preceding the interim.