How to apply for scholarships

The application forms for named scholarships are available every year beginning January 1. Incoming students have a deadline date of February 1. Current students have a deadline date of March 1. All of the scholarships for current students are available online. All current students who will be enrolled next academic year are encouraged to apply.

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For questions concerning the application process, contact the education department: Debbie Abbott,

New students

New students are automatically considered for academic scholarships based on a careful review of their application materials. Award notices are sent to selected students shortly after they are admitted to Calvin.

Current students

During 2013-2014, $188,950 in scholarships benefitted 96 education students! If you are eligible, be sure to apply.

Because many of the scholarships require some financial need it is important that you explain your financial situation in the application, especially if you did not submit a FAFSA or Calvin's Financial Aid office determined that you did not have any need after receiving academic scholarships this current year. Contact Debbie Abbott at or (616) 526-6105 if you have questions.


In order to be considered for education department scholarships, you must:

  1. Have completed EDUC-202 or be currently in the class and have applied to the teacher education program.
  2. Have a junior or senior standing as of September of the scholarship year.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Anything less will prevent you from being a serious contender. Please also note that most scholarships require a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Submit two recommendations from Calvin professors, one from an education professor, if possible.  This is part of the application process. Please don't wait until the last minute to ask professors to complete these for you!
  5. International and Post-BA candidates are welcome to apply.
  6. Candidates must be enrolled full-time (12-17 semester hours) at least one semester in the upcoming academic year (fall and/or spring) to be eligible for scholarships. The application will ask for your full-time status for each semester. If you are only full-time one semester, you are eligible for a half scholarship.

TEACH grant

The TEACH Grant is a federal program that provides grants to students who plan to teach full time in high-need subject areas at schools serving students from low-income families.

Education scholarships

Rose M. Bloem Scholarship $2,300 JR/SR/PB 3.00
Edgar G. Boeve' Art Scholarship $1,700 JR/SR 3.00
Helen Bonzelaar Art Education Scholarship $2,100 JR/SR 3.00
Bette and John Bosma Teacher Education Scholarship $1,800 JR/SR/PB 3.00
Jameson and Barbara Bosma Education Scholarship $2,500 JR 3.00
Katherine and Annette Bratt Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 3.00
Gysbert and Marie Bron Scholarship $1,900 JR/SR 2.50
A. Dale and Mary Buist Family Scholarship $2,900 FR 2.50
Susan Lemmen Byker Honors Scholarship varies FR 3.50
Helen Cheuk Memorial Scholarship $2,400 JR/SR 2.80
John L. De Beer Memorial Scholarship $1,000 JR/SR 3.00
John De Bie History Scholarship $1,200 JR 2.75
Otto J. and Adeline De Bruyn Family Scholarship $1,900 JR/SR 3.30
Bruce and Joanne Deckinga/Compassion International Scholarship $2,600 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Louis (Luke) and Helen DeJonge Scholarship $2,500 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Henrietta DeLoof Memorial Scholarship $2,600 SO/JR/SR 2.80
DeRidder Family Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 2.50
Kevin Dale De Rose Memorial Scholarship $3,100 JR/SR 3.00
Eugene and Joan Deur Scholarship $2,200 SO/JR 3.00
DeVries-Post Teacher Education Scholarship $2,000 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Brian E. Dyk Memorial Scholarship $2,500 FR 2.50
Richard and Marion Dykstra Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 3.00
Find Us Faithful - The Lester and Gladys DeVries Family Scholarship $3,200 SO/JR/SR 2.50
Phil and Mary Slater Frens Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 2.50
John and Mary Gideon Family Scholarship $1,400 JR/SR 2.50
Allene Huizenga Goguen Music Education Scholarship $3,700 SR 3.00
Beulah B. Goodenough Memorial Scholarship $1,300 SR 3.00
Edna Greenway Scholarship $2,400 JR/SR 3.30
Marsha Greenwood Memorial Scholarship $1,400 JR/SR/PB 3.00
Arthur J. and Laura Jean Gritter Family Scholarship $1,750 JR/SR 2.50
Mae Groeneveld Scholarship $3,200 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Carl and Sandra Gronsman Family Scholarship $1,700 JR/SR 2.75
James and Barbara Haveman Family Scholarship $2,300 FR/SO/JR/SR 3.00
James and Catherine Haveman Family Scholarship $1,600 FR 2.50
Reverend Bernard Haven Memorial Scholarship $2,300 FR 3.00
William and Marybeth Haverkamp Family Scholarship $2,500 FR 3.40
Donna T. and Louis H. Hekman Scholarship $2,200 SO/JR/SR 2.50
Dwight and Sally Fox Hillard Memorial Scholarship $1,400 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Honderd Family Special Education Scholarship $1,800 JR/SR 2.75
Alma and John Hoogland English Education Scholarship $2,000 SO 2.70
David and Shirley Hubers Scholarship $2,000 JR/SR 3.00
Helen Hulstein Scholarship $1,900 JR/SR 3.00
R. and J. Iwema Education Scholarship $2,900 JR/SR 2.50
Jacobsen Family Scholarship $3,500 SR 3.40
Jeremiah 29:11 Scholarship $2,500 SR 3.00
Paul W. Johnson Education Scholarship $4,800 JR/SR 2.50
Dick and Lorraine Katte Scholarship $1,000 SO/JR/SR 2.80
Gerald L. Klein Memorial Scholarship $2,000 JR/SR 2.75
Kraay Family Legacy $2,500 FR 2.50
John A. Kuiper Family Scholarship $1,800 JR/SR/PB 3.00
Kenneth and Lillian Kuiper Scholarship $2,100 SR 3.00
Hazel Lawson Teacher Education Scholarship $1,600 JR/SR/PB 3.00
J.C. Lobbes Scholarship $2,000 JR/SR 3.00
Arthur and Kathryn Mervenne Education Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 3.00
Helen Hoogland Meulink Education Scholarship $4,600 JR/SR 3.00
MJB Educational Scholarship $1,650 JR/SR 3.00
Jay and Lois Mol Family Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 3.00
Donald and Kathleen Molewyk Family Scholarship $1,900 SR 3.50
William and Matilda Monsma Scholarship $2,500 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Patti J. Morren Memorial Scholarship $2,150 JR/SR 3.00
Tom and Marcia Nobel Education Scholarship $3,000 JR/SR 3.00
Jacob and Jeannette Nyenhuis Scholarship $2,000 JR/SR 3.00
Kenneth and Katherine Olthoff Family Scholarship $2,350 JR/SR 3.00
Mike and Bette Oostendorp Family Scholarship $2,600 JR/SR 3.00
Bernard and Jane Pekelder Special Education Scholarship $1,900 JR/SR/GR 3.00
Jack and Kris Ponstine Education Scholarship $3,000 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Prince Family Scholarship $2,800 JR/SR 2.50
Pauline Roskam Memorial Scholarship $3,200 JR/SR 3.30
Owen and Bonnie Rottschafer Scholarship $3,500 FR/SO/JR/SR/TR 2.50
Roland and Ellen Schroder Family Scholarship $3,200 SO 3.00
Schultze-Weemhoff Family Christian Education Scholarship $1,900 JR/SR 3.00
Secondary Science Education Scholarship $2,400 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Marion and Nella Snapper Family Scholarship $3,300 SR 3.00
Angeline Nydam Spoelhof Memorial Scholarship $3,600 JR/SR 3.30
John L. and Carolyn J. Steen Education Scholarship $2,500 FR 3.00
Norma Weiden Sterk Teaching Scholarship $2,000 JR/SR 3.00
Jennie and Sylvia Stielstra Scholarship $2,100 FR/SO/JR/SR 2.70
Alfred and Bernice Strikwerda Family Scholarship $2,700 FR 3.20
James and Dolly (Hofman) Strikwerda Family Scholarship $4,600 JR/SR 2.50
John R. and Annie Struyk Family Scholarship $2,000 JR/SR 3.00
Bernard and Harriet Te Velde Family Scholarship $4,650 JR/SR 3.00
Kenneth and Phyllis Timmer Family Scholarship $2,600 JR 2.50
Jan D. and Nancy M. Treur Family Scholarship $1,800 JR/SR 2.50
George and Theresa Triezenberg Family Scholarship $1,800 SR 2.70
John and Antoinette Ubels Family Scholarship $1,900 SR/PB 2.50
Eric and Wendy Van Vugt Urban Education Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 3.00
Adrian and Margaret Van Andel Family Scholarship $2,500 FR 3.00
Henry Van Andel Memorial Scholarship $2,500 SO/JR/SR 3.00
John and Marian Vanden Berg Family Scholarship $2,100 FR/SO/JR/SR 2.50
Vander Ark Family Scholarship $2,000 JR/SR 2.75
Arnold and Janice VanderBok Family Scholarship $2,000 FR 2.50
Vander Haagen Family Scholarship for 5th Year Education Students $1,600 SR/PB 3.00
Margaret and Donald Vander Haar Scholarship $1,100 JR 3.00
Janet D. Van Dyke Education Scholarship $2,400 JR/SR 3.00
William E. and Connie L. Van Eerden Family Scholarship $5,000 JR/SR 3.20
Van Til Family Special Education Scholarship $2,800 JR 3.30
George J. Van Wesep Memorial Scholarship $2,700 JR/SR 2.50
Frank and Helen Veldhuizen Memorial Scholarship $2,100 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Veltkamp Secondary Science Education Scholarship $3,000 JR/SR 3.20
Lois R. (Post) and Nelson L. Veltman Education Scholarship $1,000 JR/SR 2.50