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Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards

The John and Gwendolyn Jansma Scholarship

As faithful contributors to Calvin, John and Gwendolyn Jansma established this scholarship in order to provide financial assistance for students in need. The Jansmas desire to help academically talented young people reach their potential using God-given gifts. Having a particular interest in psychology and Christian faith, John and Gwendolyn provide this scholarship for students who plan to pursue a professional career in psychology, social work or a closely related field.

Criteria for scholarship:

  • Current Calvin College student planning to enroll full time the following year.
  • Entering sophomore, junior or senior year.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Some evidence of financial need.
  • Preference given to a student pursuing a psychology major or minor who demonstrates a Christian character.
  • Second preference given to a student who demonstrates a strong interest in a professional career in Christian ministry.
  • Automatically renewable if the student maintains the above criteria.

The Cornelius A. and Lettie G. Plantinga Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor Cornelius and Lettie Plantinga. Dr. Plantinga taught psychology at Calvin from 1950 to 1973. Mrs. Plantinga taught various grades in the Grand Rapids Christian and public schools as well as serving the Education Department at Calvin as supervisor of student teachers. The Plantingas believed in the power and beauty of Christian higher education and, particularly, of Christian higher education at Calvin College.

Candidates for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a current Calvin student planning to enroll full-time the following year.
  • First preference will be given to those entering the senior year. Juniors will be considered if there are no seniors who qualify.
  • Psychology major.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrate first rate academic ability and a strong interest in pursuing psychology from a Christian perspective.
  • Some evidence of financial need.

The John Daling Memorial Scholarship

Dr. John Daling was a founder of the Psychology department at Calvin College. He taught psychology from 1945 to 1974 and was a beloved professor, mentor and friend to thousands of students. In his memory and honor, the Daling family has established this scholarship.

Candidates for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Current student planning to enroll full time the following year.
  • Entering junior or senior year.
  • Psychology major.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Financial need is not required.

The VanderPloeg-Edgerly Scholarship

Gretchen Vanderploeg Edgerly graduated from Calvin in 1977 with a major in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Her husband, David    W. Edgerly, also earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the same institution. The Edgerlys maintain a strong commitment to Christian education and Calvin. They also maintain a strong commitment to       education about, prevention of, and treatment for child sexual abuse.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be entering the Junior or Senior year.
  • Be a current Calvin student and planning to enroll full-time the following year.
  • Psychology major.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  • In accepting the award the recipient will agree to write a major paper on the topic of child sexual abuse.

The Lester and Viola De Boer Psychology Scholarship.

Dr. De Boer, a school psychologist, attended Calvin from 1937 to 1940. He had a strong interest in special education and helping people with learning disabilities. His wife, Viola, formed this scholarship in his memory to recognize his achievements and to encourage and honor Calvin students studying in the field of Psychology.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Current Calvin student planning to enroll full time the following year.
  • Entering junior or senior year.
  • Be concentrating in Psychology.
  • Have an excellent academic record.
  • Have some financial need.
  • Preference will be given to students with physical disabilities or to a student interested in working with children with special needs.

The Alfred J. Reynolds and Bette Reynolds Goote Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Bette Reynolds Goote in memory of her husband, Alfred J. Reynolds, esteemed and much loved member of Calvin's psychology department from 1965 to 1990. In addition to teaching virtually all psychology majors for a quarter of a century, Dr. Reynolds served as the first Director of Calvin's Psychological Institute, now the Broene Counseling Center. He developed and effectively taught the department's first courses in statistics, research design, and psychological measurement. Strongly committted to Christian higher education, Dr. Reynolds consistently demonstrated deep concern for Calvin students and in return received many letters of thanks and appreciation. He inspired and challenged them to achieve their potential and, at the same time, demonstrated patience, compassion, and an insightful understanding of their individual differences.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Current Calvin student planning to enroll full time the following year.
  • Entering junior or senior year.
  • Psychology major.
  • Financial need is not required.
  • Preference will be given to students interested in statistics and research design.

The Bolt Family Scholarship

This scholarship was initially provided in memory of father and son pastors, Reverend Martin Bolt (1902-1978) and Reverend Calvin Bolt (1933-1997). Together they provided 75 years of service to the Christian Reformed Church through their ministry to congregations, leadership to education boards and denomination government, and love and support for world missions. Their work was thoughtfully supported and encouraged by Tena Bouma Bolt, who believed in this mission along with her husband and son.

Additionally, the children and grandchildren express their gratitude for Martin Bolt (Calvin professor of psychology for 38 years), Robert Bolt (Calvin professor of history for 30 years), and their sisters, Norma Tinholt and Theressa Brouwer, who by their lives and training have modeled lives of commitment and service to their Lord and Savior. It is the family's desire to provide scholarships for Calvin students who aspire to graduate-level training with the intention of securing a faculty position in higher education. One of the scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in psychology to honor Martin Bolt.

Candidates for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Current Calvin student planning to enroll full time the following year.
  • Entering their junior or senior year.
  • Pursuing a Psychology major.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Some evidence of financial need.

Templeton Student Award in Psychology

The John Templeton Foundation has given a Science and Religion Course Award to Calvin College to support the teaching of Psychology 399-Psychology and Religion, the upper level integration course in psychology. From this endowment a cash award may be given to psychology majors who write excellent course papers in fulfillment of the requirements of this course each time the course is taught.

How to Apply

Each February, the psychology department sends an e-mail notification about scholarships available to all psychology majors. These applications are typically due on March 1. For scholarships where financial need is considered, your FAFSA should also be completed by March 1.

If you do not receive an e-mail notification about available scholarhips, go to the psychology department office for an application.