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 first year students and current students are available online. All students who will be enrolled next academic year are encouraged to apply.

Bere' Memorial Scholarship $1,500 JR/SR 2.50
Buikema, Ronald Memorial Scholarship $3,300 SR 3.00
DeKryger Monsman Memorial Scholarship $4,100 SO/JR/SR 2.50
Dragt, Gerrit, Beulah, and Robert Memorial Scholarship $2,600 FR 3.50
Feikens, Honorable John Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship $4,000 JR/SR 3.50
Peace and Justice Scholarship $1,400 SO/JR/SR 2.50
Penning, Dr. James Scholarship $3,000 JR/SR 3.20
Ryskamp, Kenneth L. Scholarship $4,700 SO/JR/SR 3.30
Strikwerda, Charles Scholarship in Political Science $1,400 JR/SR 3.00
VanDellen, Jacob and Rena Scholarship $2,100 JR/SR 3.00
Voskuil, Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Family Scholarship $2,700 JR/SR 3.00
Waalkes Family Scholarship $4,000 JR/SR 3.00
Westra, Johan and Wilma Scholarship $900 JR/SR 3.00
Wierenga, Donald and Nancy Business and Public Service Scholarship $2,500 SO/JR/SR 3.00
Zylstra, Dr. Bernard, S.J.D., Memorial Scholarship $4,100 JR/SR 3.00

Additional Student Awards

Fox Fund Award

The Fox Fund is a supplemental travel grant established in 2004 by the political science department as a result of a gift from Rev. Joseph D. and Mrs. Barbara D. Fox to honor their son, Ben Fox.


  • Current Calvin political science or international relations majors or minors with a financial need.
  • To be used for transportation or related travel expenses to departmentally-sanctioned purposes (normally either for participation in Model United Nations, an academic conference, or a State/Local Internship).
  • A maximum of $100 is given to eligible students in any given academic year but students may apply in more than one year.

Fox Fund Application Form must be turned in to the Political Science Department office at least three weeks in advance of the event for which the funds are to be used.

Before downloading the Fox Fund Application PDF be sure to download the latest version of adobe and be sure that you are using a PC computer.

Paul B. Henry Semester in Washington, D.C. Scholarship

Dr. Paul B. Henry was a leader of Christian vision and action who taught political science at Calvin College before serving in elective office. This scholarship was established in Paul Henry's memory to encourage civic engagement by Calvin students through participation in a semester in Washington D.C.


  • current Calvin student accepted into the semester in Washington D.C.
  • cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher
  • demonstrate personal and intellectual maturity, seriousness of purpose as demonstrated in academic work, and interest in civic engagement
  • financial need is considered
  • non-renewable

For more information and the link to the scholarship form please visit The Henry Semester in Washington D.C. website.

 Political Science Student Travel Funds

The Political Science Department has modest funding available for Calvin political science or international relations majors or minors traveling for department-related purposes

Download the Student Travel Application PDF  

April 2017 Reception for Scholarship Recipients