Scholarships

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Awards for service-learners

The Service-Learning Center awards five scholarships annually, three based on student applications,and two based on staff nominations. Read more about the scholarship opportunities below (click titles to expand):

Berg Leadership Scholarship

Sigval and Martha Berg are pleased with the education that their daughters received while students at Calvin and would like to make this education available to others who demonstrate leadership ability. Calvin has been an institution that demonstrates strong academics, integrity and a pursuit of ethics fitting with the direction given by Jesus Christ in the Bible. The Bergs would like to make a scholarship available to a student that exhibits the same criteria that they have found at Calvin. Candidates are Calvin students entering their junior or senior year who demonstrate a Christian character and who have creative gifts or abilities demonstrated in leadership activities at Calvin. Requirements are a GPA of 3.00 or higher and financial need.

Note: Current recipients who wish to be considered for renewal must file a new application each year and will be given equal consideration with other candidates.

At a glance:

  • Award amount: $1,700
  • Class level requirement: Junior or Senior
  • GPA requirement: 3.0 or higher

Current recipient:

Charis Brown

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Andy W. Schrier Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Andrew Schrier, class of 1999, by a group of Andy's friends and classmates at Calvin. They remember Andy's enthusiasm for life, commitment to neighborhood development, eagerness to form strong friendships, and sharp sense of humor. They hope that students with a similar concern for social justice and community renewal will be benefited by this scholarship. Candidates are Calvin students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year, with preference given to students studying History, Political Science, or Social Work with an emphasis in Urban Studies or Development. A minority student or a student committed to living in an intentional community such as Project Neighborhood will be given special consideration. Requirements are a GPA of 2.50 or higher and evidence of financial need.

Note: Current recipients who wish to be considered for renewal must file a new application each year and will be given equal consideration with other candidates. However, the scholarship can be renewed automatically if the recipient can provide documentation and/or verification of 50 or more hours of volunteer service or involvement with an organization dedicated to urban renewal/development.

At a glance:

  • Award amount: $2,100
  • Class level requirement: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • GPA requirement: 2.5 or higher

Current recipient:

Chantelle Yazzie (renewed)

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Geraldine Vogelzang Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the extended family and friends of Mrs. Geraldine Vogelzang in her honor. All are alumni, friends, and supporters of the college. The scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated through their class work or extracurricular activities that they have a commitment to service to others and leadership within the Kingdom. The donors intent is to allow the recipients to provide Christian service during the summer months when he or she would otherwise have had to work to earn the funds the scholarship provides. Candidates are Calvin students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year who have a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Financial need may be considered. The recipient is required to write a report about his or her summer experience after the experience is completed.

Note: Current recipients who wish to be considered for renewal must file a new application every year and will be given equal consideration with other candidates.

At a glance:

  • Award amount: $1,700
  • Class level requirement: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • GPA requirement: 3.0 or higher

Current recipient:

Ali Carpenter »

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Stephanie L. Dykstra Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Stephanie Dykstra, a Calvin student who passed away unexpectedly on December 17, 1999, after suffering a pulmonary embolus. Stephanie left unfulfilled the typical dreams and expectations of a 19 year-old: vocational goals, plans for marriage, dreams for service in Gods kingdom, and expectations of continued opportunities to be with family and friends. Yet, in her death, the family and friends who mourned her passing became more clearly aware that Stephanie had chosen a deeper investment than her own dreams and expectations. This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Stephanie to recognize students who are clearly storing up treasures in heaven through their service and friendship to people in local communities and thus are recognized by their friends, teachers, and mentors as people who have truly trusted in God as their only comfort in life and death. Candidates are Calvin students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year who show dedication to the service of disadvantaged people through committed service-learning involvement and who are recognized by those who know them well as people who have entrusted their life (and treasure) to Christ. They must be in good academic standing and demonstrate some evidence of financial need.

Note: Candidates who are nominated for this scholarship will be sent an application. Scholarship is not renewable.

At a glance:

  • Award amount: $1,900
  • Class level requirement: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • GPA requirement: none

Current recipient:

Lauren De Groot

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Lighthouse Scholarship

This scholarship was established in gratitude to God for the role of Calvin College in the lives of three generations of the Vander Haak/Grit family. Beginning with William and Dolly Beth Vander Haak, who met at Calvin, the lives of numerous family members have been enriched as students and staff at Calvin. This scholarship is established by the family to assist students who show their devotion to the Lord through their acts of service to others around them. The name of the scholarship is taken from the scripture passage found in Matthew 5:16: "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Candidates are Calvin students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year who have a servant heart and who go above and beyond serving others. Requirements are a GPA of 2.50 or higher and evidence of financial need.

Note: No application is required. Candidates are nominated by members of the Calvin Student Life Division.

At a glance:

  • Award amount: $1,500
  • Class level requirement: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
  • GPA requirement: 2.5 or higher

Current recipient:

Nikita Miner (renewed)

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