The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin College offers racial ethnic minority high school students a gateway to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit.
Entrada Scholars get to experience the fullness of college life, including:
Entrada is intended for ethnic and racial minority groups who are typically under-represented in higher education, including African American, Native American, Latino and Asian American students.
Entrada scholars take a 3 or 4 credit hour course along with Calvin College students and meet the same course requirements as the Calvin students.
Scholars are assigned an academic coach: a trained teacher who attends classes with them in the morning and leads a study period (academic coaching session) with the scholars following the class. Academic coaches model and teach scholars how to be successful in both their specific course and in college. Entrada scholars often do as well as, or better than, Calvin students in their courses.
Entrada scholars take one college course such as history, biology, philosophy, communications, or psychology. With successful completion of the course, scholars have earned 3 or 4 credit hours of Calvin College credit. This credit is transferable to most colleges. For scholars who come to Calvin, the credit and the grade value become part of their Calvin academic record. For scholars who do not come to Calvin, the Calvin registrar's office can assist with transferring the earned credit to your school of choice.
Entrada scholars come from all over the United States and are enriched through their interactions with one another and the Calvin students in their classes. Scholars also benefit tremendously from the activities and events held outside of class time. Scholars are free to use campus facilities, eg. gymnasium, pool, computer labs, library, music studios, etc. Scholars go shopping and to the movies; they play laser tag and sand volleyball and lead service-learning activities in the local community. Worship services at local churches, Bible studies and daily devotions give scholars the opportunity to grow in their walk with God. The four weeks of work, worship and play during Entrada connect scholars in ways that build and maintain a sense of true community and lifelong friendships.
United States racial and ethnic minority students (African, Hispanic, Asian and Native Americans) who are currently enrolled in their junior year of high school (grade 11), can apply for the Entrada Scholars Program if they meet the following criteria:
Students who have not submitted their official ACT/SAT test scores to Calvin College, or whose scores do not meet Calvin's minimum admissions requirements, will be required to take the ACT when they arrive on campus.
United States racial and ethnic minority students (African, Hispanic, Asian and Native Americans) who are currently enrolled in their senior year of high school (grade 12), can apply for the Entrada Scholars Program if they meet the following criteria:
You must also complete an Entrada Scholars Program supplemental application including an essay response.
Students enrolling in the Entrada Scholars Program after their senior year of high school must also be enrolled to attend Calvin College in the coming fall.
All students accepted into the Entrada Scholars Program receive a grant valued at more than $4,200. This grant covers the costs of Entrada, including tuition, room and board, books, supplies and activities. Upon acceptance, scholars will be asked to send a fee of $500 to confirm their enrollment. Scholars who successfully complete Entrada and come to Calvin following high school receive a $4,000 Entrada Scholarship for up to 4 years. In addition, Entrada Scholars may qualify for the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship as well as other merit-based scholarships.
For more information please contact:
Office of Pre-College Programs
3201 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Applications for Entrada 2015 will be made available after December 1, 2014.