A gateway to the future

The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin University offers racial and ethnic minority high school students a gateway to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit. You'll also make great friends along the way!

Entrada 2023 ~ Sunday, June 25–Thursday, July 20

Applications for Entrada 2023 will be open November 2022.

Quick Facts
  • 30+

    years of Entrada

  • 16

    states represented in 2022

  • 3

    countries represented in 2022

  • 1,842

    scholars have participated


  • Enroll in a 3 or 4 credit college course
  • Go swimming or rock climbing at Calvin’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities
  • Participate in group devotions
  • Perform in Entrada Talent Night
College learning

Entrada scholars take a 3 or 4 credit hour course with current Calvin University students./p>

Scholars are assigned an academic coach: a trained teacher who will attend classes with them and lead a study period with the scholars following the class. Academic coaches teach scholars how to be successful in both their specific courses and in college.

College credit

Entrada scholars take one college course in subjects such as history, biology, philosophy, communications, or psychology. If completed successfully, the scholar will earn 3 or 4 credit hours. For scholars who come to Calvin, the credit and grade value become part of their Calvin academic record. For scholars who do not come to Calvin, the Calvin registrar’s office can assist with transferring the earned credit to their school of choice.

College living

Entrada scholars come from all over the United States and experience four weeks of work worship, and play. Outside of class, they have access entertainment, games, and service-learning activities. Worship services at local churches, Bible studies, and daily devotions allow scholars to enrich their faith in God. Scholars may use campus facilities, e.g., gymnasium, pool, computer labs, library, music studios, etc. Scholars will forge friendships and build a community.

United States racial and ethnic minority students (African, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American) who are currently enrolled in either their junior or senior year of high school (grades 11 and 12) may apply for the Entrada Scholars Program if they meet the following criteria:

Juniors (grade 11)
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. legal permanent residency
  • A high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Enrolled in a college preparatory track in high school
Seniors (grade 12)
  • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency
  • A high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Admitted to Calvin University as a student for the Fall semester

Students enrolling in the Entrada Scholars Program after their senior year of high school must also be enrolled to attend Calvin University in the coming fall.

Gold Sponsor

The Meijer Foundation
The Meijer Foundation


Wolverine Worldwide

Entrada Partner


Join the group of organizational sponsors that support the Entrada Scholars Program. Complete this interest form to learn more »

Nominate a Scholar

Nominating a student for the Entrada Scholars Program will help them find a unique opportunity that provides lifelong benefits. Nominated students accepted to Entrada will also receive a $100 discount off their enrollment fee.


Daily living

7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30–12:00 p.m. College course
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–3:30 p.m. Academic coaching
3:30 p.m. Free time
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Programming
8:00 p.m. Study table/free time
10:00 p.m. In the dorms
11:00 p.m. In room

Costs and scholarships

All students accepted into the Entrada Scholars Program receive a $4,200 grant. This covers most Entrada costs: tuition, room and board, books, and activities. Admitted scholars pay a fee of $750 to confirm enrollment. Please reach out if you require a payment plan.

Scholars who complete the program are awarded a $4,000 Entrada Scholarship for each year they attend Calvin, for up to five years. Entrada Scholarships may also qualify for the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship as well as other merit-based scholarships.

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