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Perkins Leadership Fellows Preview Weekend

“Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s about serving others.” —John M. Perkins, Leadership Revolution

Calvin's John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows are a small group of students who are selected to participate in a series of leadership development opportunities during their first two years of university. These opportunities prepare Perkins Fellows to address big issues like poverty, injustice, racism and materialism. Perkins Fellows strive to be servant leaders who are committed to renewal and restoration of our communities.

This program includes specially-designed leadership courses, dinners with prominent Calvin leaders and an all-expenses-paid spring break service trip. Freshman members of the program reside in community on the Perkins Floor in the Residence Halls.

Two students will also be selected for a full-tuition scholarship to Calvin University.

Find out who's eligible and your next steps here »

After you express interest in the program and complete your application to Calvin:

  • Invitations to attend this John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows interview weekend will be sent in December. The invitation will include a travel voucher to pay for part of your trip to Calvin if you live more than 150 miles from campus. You will have the option to stay on campus.
  • This invitation includes visiting campus to learn more about the program and to interview for a chance to be selected as a member of the John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows.
  • Prospective students will be notified of their acceptance to the program by April 2020. Students not invited to participate in the program will be put on a waiting list.


If you arrive at Gerald R. Ford Airport, taxi and other on-demand ride services are available; Calvin’s campus is a 15-minute drive away.

If you live more than 150 miles from campus, Calvin will reimburse up to $200 of your travel costs. Submit your travel receipts at the program; Calvin will mail a reimbursement check to you.


One night of lodging is provided. You may choose to stay with a Calvin student host or, if you are accompanied by a parent/guardian, at a nearby hotel. One night of lodging is provided for parents/guardians.


Friday, February 14

8:45 a.m. Fridays at Calvin campus visit program (optional, but encouraged)

5:00 p.m. Check-in at Prince Conference Center at Calvin University

6:00 p.m. Opening banquet and keynote address from Dr. John M. Perkins

8:30 p.m. Evening social activities

Saturday February 15

7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Prince Conference Center

9:00 a.m. Individual interviews with Calvin faculty and staff; information sessions; meet Dr. Perkins

12:00 p.m. Closing session

Lunch tickets provided for guests who wish to eat in the dining hall


    • Prince Conference Center
    • 1800 E. Beltline Ave SE
    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 49546


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