Information and application forms about most of our departmental scholarships become available in January and will be posted here as soon as possible. If you have questions about scholarships, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All application forms available on this page are in .pdf format.
Peter D. Hoekstra Scholarships
Two scholarships were established by the history department in honor of one of its founding members and are made possible by gifts received from Dr. Robert G. and Mrs. Kathryn (Schuringa) Andree.
To apply for a Peter D. Hoekstra Scholarship, you must be a first-year student entering Calvin with the intent of majoring in history. Your high school record must demonstrate an interest and accomplishments in history and additional projects or independent study. One scholarships of $1,900 was awarded for 2014-15. Applications for 2015-16 are due February 13, 2015 by 5 PM to the history department office. The application includes a 400-500 word essay. Click here for the 2015-16 Hoekstra Scholarship guidelines and application form.
The history department also awards a Peter D. Hoekstra Senior Prize each year. The faculty chooses recipients for this prize, so there is no application.
John De Bie History Scholarship
John De Bie was a former professor of history at Calvin. This scholarship was established by his family of to honor God in gratitude for his full life as a history teacher. De Bie also dreamed of being able to financially encourage individuals who plan to dedicate their lives to teaching history.
To apply for the John De Bie History Scholarship, you must be entering your junior year, be a history major pursuing a career in education, and have a GPA of 2.75 or higher. One scholarship of $900 was awarded for 2014-15.
Applications for the 2015-16 scholarship will be due March 13, 2015 by 5 PM to the history department office. Click here to download the 2015-16 De Bie Scholarship guidelines and application form.
John De Bie Essay Prize
The history department also awards a John De Bie Essay Prize each year for the best History paper. You do not have to be a history major to enter. The paper can be on any topic related to history, and essays written for courses are welcome. The 2014 award was $100.
Submissions for the 2015 prize will be due Friday, April 17, 2015 by 5 PM to the history department office. Click here to download the 2015 De Bie Essay Prize cover sheet.
Edwin J. and Elaine F. Van Kley Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Elaine Van Kley to encourage young scholars to seek relationships and influences among countries and people of the world, to merge faith and learning in the broadest sense. Since both Ed and Elaine had the privilege of realizing this faith and world view at Calvin College as students and staff, forty-six years in all, they are pleased to offer this scholarship to encourage future students to purse this integration and embrace world knowledge, particularly of Asia and Asian influences.
To apply for the Edwin J. and Elaine F. Van Kley Scholarship you must be entering your junior or senior year, be majoring in history, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 or higher in your history courses. You must also have a desire to study (in order of preference) Asian influences in the West or Asian influence on another part of the world. Preference will be given to students with financial need. One scholarship of $1,000 was awarded for 2014-15.
Applications for the 2015-16 scholarship will be due March 13, 2015 by 5 PM to the history department office. Click here to download the 2015-16 Van Kley Scholarship guidelines and application form.
Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship
Gerrit and Carol Zylstra have established this scholarship to honor their brother Bernard Zylstra, former professor of political theory and president of the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto, Canada. Bernard Zylstra actively promoted the history and development of Christian political theory, and this scholarship is intended to support the study of Christian political theory in history and practice.
To apply for the Dr. Bernard Zylstra, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship, you must have junior or senior standing in the year the scholarship is held, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have some interest in political theory. Three scholarships of $3,000 each were awarded for 2014-15. This scholarship is awarded by the political science department. Applications are due to the political science department by March 6, 2015. The application form can be found on their website.
Archeology, especially in the Middle East, is a primary research interest of Bert de Vries. During his years of service in the History department at Calvin, he has been instrumental in setting up the Archeology minor, in leading a number of summer excavation trips for students to Jordan and Palestine, and in building partnerships with Middle Eastern organization and governments as well as other U.S. programs that offer field experiences in archeology for undergraduate students. The de Vries family lived in Jordan for a number of years and returns often for extended periods. Sally’s expertise includes the clothing, artistry, and weaving of artisans in the area. She has collaborated on several books that highlight the beauty of their craftsmanship and the traditions that guide their work.
To apply for the Sally and Bert de Vries Archaeology Scholarship, you must be minoring in Archaeology. The purpose is to defray the costs of taking IDIS 340 at Calvin, which is the field work requirement. Two scholarships of $1,300 were awarded for 2014-15. Applications were due by October 31, 2014.
Earl Strikwerda Memorial Scholarship
Memorial contributions from the relatives and friends of Professor Earl Strikwerda have enabled the history department to honor the memory of their former colleague with annual scholarships to junior history majors who will be returning as full-time seniors. Two scholarships of $1,600 each were awarded for 2014-15. The faculty awards committee chooses recipients each year, so there is no application for this scholarship.