Topic for 2022
Calvin and Natural Disasters

Pandemics, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes…the list of natural disasters in recent times seems endless. During and after such traumatic events, people of faith are prone to ask, “Where is God?” “What can we know or learn about God’s purposes in the midst of these events?” These questions are not new ones, since natural disasters have affected people throughout history. The Genevan Reformer John Calvin discussed these important questions in many of his writings. Student papers should bring Calvin’s insights to light, reflecting on the ongoing relevance and significance of Calvin’s responses to these key questions in our own day.

Awards are given annually for research papers on a topic dealing with John Calvin or Calvinism. Awards are payable to student tuition accounts at the following institutions: Calvin University, Dordt University, The King's University (Canada), Redeemer University College (Canada), Kuyper College and Trinity Christian College.

Image: St. Sebastian betet für die Pestopfer.   Josse Lieferinxe (? - 1508) In this image, St. Sebastian pleads for the life of a gravedigger afflicted with plague during the seventh-century Justinian plague.  Public domain.


Quick Look

  • Deadline: February 1
  • For: High school seniors going to Calvin University, Dordt University, The King's University (Canada), Redeemer University College (Canada), Kuyper College and Trinity Christian College in Fall 2022
  • Prizes: $3500 First Prize, $2000 Second Prize 

Research Sources

Suggested Primary Sources

Calvin's Letter to Monsieur de Richebourg.pdf

Calvin on Fasting and the Practice of Penance.pdf

Calvin on Noah's Flood.pdf

Calvin on the Plagues of Egypt--Exodus 7 - 11.pdf

Calvin's _Institutes_ Bk. 3 Ch. 8 Sec. 8-11.pdf

Suggested Secondary Sources

Coleman M. Ford--Everywhere, Always, by All.pdf

Mark Earngrey--Protestants and Plagues.pdf

Selderhuis, Herman--God, The Caring One.pdf

Research Paper Format Guidelines

Papers should be 8 to 12 pages long, typed double-spaced, and include footnotes or endnotes as well as a bibliography. Pages must be numbered. Papers must include a cover sheet with the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • High school and name of principal
  • High school address
  • Church and name of pastor
  • Church address
  • How you learned about the scholarship

No name or other identifying information should appear on any page except the cover sheet. The Meeter Center will assign each entry a code number and write it on the pages of the paper. This assures impartial judging of the papers by the Calvinism Committee and allows for accurate identification.

The Calvinism Committee will judge the papers by the following criteria:

  1. Thoroughness of research, including primary sources and quality secondary sources.
  2. Coherence and originality of the argument.
  3. Quality of writing.
  4. Relatedness to contemporary situation.

Papers must be attached to an email to by February 1, 2022. The Calvinism Committee will select winners by the end of March from applicants who will attend college or university in the fall of 2022. All participants will be notified of their status by mail.

If you have any questions regarding the Hugh and Eve Meeter Calvinism Awards for High School Seniors, please feel free to contact us.