Entrada Scholars Program

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A gateway to the future

June 22 - July 18, 2014

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 highlights

Entrada Scholars get to experience the fullness of college life, including:

  • Enrolling in a 3-4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology or psychology
  • Using Calvin's gym for activities like rock climbing and swimming
  • Participating in group devotions
  • Taking beach trips to Lake Michigan
  • Performing in Entrada Talent Night

Who should apply for Entrada?

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.

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College learning

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.

College credit

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.

College living

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.