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.

Entrada 2022: Sunday, June 26–Thursday, July 21

Applications for Entrada 2023 will be open fall 2022.

College learning

Entrada scholars take a 3 or 4 credit hour course along with Calvin University students. The scholars are expected to meet the same course requirements as the Calvin students.

Scholars are assigned an academic coach: a trained teacher who attends classes alongside them in the morning and leads a study period (academic coaching session) with the scholars following the class. Academic coaches model and teach scholars how to be successful in both their specific course and in college. Entrada scholars often do as well as, or better than, the Calvin students in their courses.

College credit

Entrada scholars take one college course such as history, biology, philosophy, communications, or psychology. With successful completion of the course, scholars will have earned 3 or 4 credit hours of Calvin University credit. This credit is transferable to most colleges. For scholars who come to Calvin, the credit and the 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 are enriched through their interactions with one another as well as the Calvin students in their classes. Scholars also benefit tremendously from the activities and events held outside of class time. Scholars go shopping and to the movies; they play laser tag and sand volleyball, and lead service-learning activities in the local community. Worship services at local churches, Bible studies, and daily devotions give scholars the opportunity to grow in their walk with God. Scholars are free to use campus facilities, eg. gymnasium, pool, computer labs, library, music studios, etc. The four weeks of work, worship, and play during Entrada give scholars the opportunity to build and maintain a sense of true community and lifelong friendships.

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


Local and global corporations: Join the group of organizational sponsors that support the Entrada Scholars Program. Complete this interest form to learn more.

Nominate a Scholar

By nominating a student for the Entrada Scholars Program, Calvin University will provide the nominee with an application for the program. Nominations are not required for the application process, though they do provide additional endorsement of an applicant’s character and academic preparation.



  • Enroll in a 3 or 4 credit college course in areas such as English, history, biology, or psychology
  • Use Calvin’s state-of-the-art fitness facilities for activities like rock climbing and swimming
  • Participate in group devotions
  • Perform in Entrada Talent Night

Daily living

7:00–7:45 a.m. Breakfast
8:00–12:00 p.m. College course
12:00–12:30 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
11:00–11:30 p.m. In room

Costs and scholarships

All students accepted into the Entrada Scholars Program receive a grant valued at more than $4,200. This grant covers most Entrada costs, including 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 successfully complete the program are awarded a $4,000 Entrada Scholarship for each year they attend Calvin, for up to five years. Entrada Scholars may also qualify for the $4,000 Mosaic Scholarship as well as other merit-based scholarships.

Nominate a Scholar

By nominating a student for the Entrada Scholars Program, you help them find this unique opportunity which provides lifelong benefits. Your endorsement of an applicant’s character and academic preparation is an invaluable resource. Nominated students accepted to Entrada will also receive a $100 discount off their enrollment fee.


Quick Facts
  • 30+

    years of Entrada

  • 15

    states represented in 2021

  • 2

    countries represented in 2021

  • 1,783

    scholars have participated

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