Topic for 2017
John Calvin and Martin Luther: Comparison and Assessment

2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses. What was the relationship like between the two Reformers and between the Lutherans and Calvinists in the sixteenth century? What did they agree on? What divided them? As we consider relations between Christians today, what can we learn from the Reformers’ experience of divisions between Christians? Applicants must consult current biographies of both John Calvin and Martin Luther (written in 1990 or later) and must show evidence of using these works in their paper.

Quick Look

  • Deadline: January 16
  • For: High school seniors going to Calvin, Dordt, King's (Canada), Redeemer (Canada), Kuyper and Trinity Christian in Fall 2017
  • Prizes: $3500 First Prize (one awarded), $2000 Second Prize (three awarded)

Awards are given annually for research papers on a topic dealing with John Calvin or Calvinism. First Prize is $3500 and three Second Prizes of $2000. Awards are payable to student tuition accounts at the following colleges: Calvin, Dordt, King's (Canada), Redeemer (Canada), Kuyper and Trinity Christian.

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 Paul Fields, pfields@calvin.edu by January 16, 2017. The Calvinism Committee will select winners by March 15, 2017, from applicants who will attend college in the fall of 2017. 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 contact us.