How to apply for scholarships

The application forms for named scholarships are available every year beginning December 1 and must be submitted by February 1. All of the scholarships for both prospective, first year students and current students are available online. All students who will be enrolled next academic year are encouraged to apply.

Bolt Family History Scholarship $2,500 JR/SR 3.30
DeBie, John History Scholarship $1,300 JR 2.75
deVries, Sally and Bert Archeology Scholarship $2,400 SO/JR/SR 2.50
Haven, Reverend Bernard Memorial Scholarship $1,800 FR 3.00
Hoekstra, Peter D. Scholarship $2,500 FR 2.50
Pauw, Alan and Jan Family Scholarship $2,600 JR/SR 3.00
Strikwerda, Earl Memorial Scholarship $1,550 SR 2.50
VanKley, Edwin J. and Elaine F. History Scholarship $1,000 JR/SR 3.20
Wiebenga, Martin P. and Florence DeGraaff Scholarship $1,500 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Zylstra, Dr. Bernard, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship $3,750 JR/SR 3.00

Awards & Prizes

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 Calvin courses are welcome. The 2016 award was $100.

To apply, you must submit a copy of your essay (with your name removed from all pages) and attach a cover sheet. You may submit your paper to the department office (HH 481), or via email to

Submissions for the 2017 prize are due Thursday, April 13 by 5 PM.

Hoekstra Senior Prize

The history department also awards a Peter D. Hoekstra Senior Prize each year. One prize of $750 was awarded in 2016. The department faculty chooses recipients for this prize, so there is no application.