Topic for 2018
Calvin and Women

What were Calvin's views on women's role in the home, the church and in public life? Based on his writings and correspondence, set out Calvin's perspective on women and compare it to modern Christian views of the role of women in these three areas.

Please see our recommended primary and secondary resources here.

Quick Look

  • Deadline: February 1
  • For: High school seniors going to Calvin, Dordt, The King's University (Canada), Redeemer (Canada), Kuyper and Trinity Christian in Fall 2018
  • 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. One $3500 First Prize and three $2000 Second Prizes are awarded each year. Awards are payable to student tuition accounts at the following colleges: Calvin, Dordt, The King's University (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 by February 1, 2018. The Calvinism Committee will select winners by the end of March from applicants who will attend college in the fall of 2018. 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.