2021–2022 scholarship program guidelines and eligibility

Academic scholarships are determined based on the student's academic performance in high school. The average GPAs and test scores shown below demonstrate a range of awards, but since some students do not fit neatly into these averages, specific scholarship levels may vary. For students who apply as test optional, only their GPA will be used to determine an academic scholarship. Updated GPAs and/or test scores are accepted through March 1.

$20,000 National Merit Selection determined by National Merit Corporation
$18,000 Trustee's 4.2 1410 30
$16,000 President's 3.9 1260 26
$14,000 Provost's 3.7 1170 24
$12,000 Dean's 3.5 1120 22
$10,000 Faculty's 3.1 1050 20
* National Merit Scholarship Guidelines

Calvin-sponsored National Merit Scholarships are awarded to students selected as National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Corporation who select Calvin as their first-choice university. This award is offered in addition to Calvin’s $18,000 Trustee's Scholarship.


  • National Merit Finalists are eligible to receive a National Merit Scholarships sponsored by one of the following organizations: National Merit Corporation, other participating corporations, or Calvin University.
  • Finalists are only eligible for one National Merit Scholarship.
  • Finalists must select Calvin as their first-choice university with National Merit Corporation to receive a National Merit Scholarship.
  • Finalists can change their first-choice university with National Merit before May 3, 2021. Undecided finalists have until May 31, 2021, to select a first-choice university.
  • Total Calvin-sponsored award value: $18,000
  • National Merit Finalists that require a fifth year of study will be eligible for the $18,000 Trustee’s Scholarship as long as they have a cumulative Calvin GPA of 3.0.


  • National Merit Corporation
  • Telephone: (847) 866-5100
  • Web: nationalmerit.org
  • Fax: (847) 866-5113
  • Letter: National Merit Corporation, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200, Evanston, IL 60201-4897