“Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s about serving others.”
—John M. Perkins, Leadership Revolution

Calvin's John M. Perkins Leadership Fellows are a small group of students who are selected to participate in a series of leadership development opportunities during their first two years of university. These opportunities prepare Perkins Fellows to address big issues like poverty, injustice, racism and materialism. Perkins Fellows strive to be servant leaders who are committed to renewal and restoration of our communities.

This program includes specially-designed leadership courses, dinners with prominent Calvin leaders, and several opportunities to give back to the community through service. Freshman members of the program reside in community on the Perkins Floor in the Residence Halls. Sophomore members of the program are given an opportunity to reside in community at the Perkin's Fellows Leadership House.

Who qualifies

  • Any incoming freshmen displaying a passion/interest for social justice, racial reconciliation work, and is planning to enter Calvin University Fall 2023.
  • Preference given to first-generation university students (students in a household where neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree).
  • Students who have a desire to be servant-leaders in their communities.
  • Open to all students considering any major.

Next steps

If you are interested, please apply!



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