The following scholarships are available to students studying off- campus in Calvin-sponsored semester programs. See each description for individual scholarship requirements. After students are accepted into semester programs, they will be sent the applications for which they may be eligible.

1.) Bays-Herzberg Asian Studies Scholarship


  • for fall semester Study in China program only
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • junior or senior class level at the time scholarship is used
  • demonstrate an interest in pursuing Asian Studies as a major or minor, having taken at least one course in Asian Studies
  • some evidence of financial need

One scholarship of $1,500 to a fall semester student.

2.) Kate Bytwerk Scholarship

This scholarship was established by communications arts and sciences professor Randall Bytwerk, together with his wife Sharon, in honor of their daughter Kate, who died at age 12 while hiking during a semester spent in Hungary in 1996. It is awarded to a student who fulfills the following requirements:

  • A GPA of at least 2.5
  • junior or senior at the time the scholarship is used
  • applying to a semester program outside the United States

Financial need may be considered. One scholarship of $3,100.

3.) Bradley C. Miller Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Brad Miller '86, an economics and mathematics major with an interest in integrating faith with economic growth in the developing world. It is awarded to a student who fulfills the following requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • sophomore or junior status by the time of program; preference may be given to students going into their junior year
  • applying to a semester program in the non-Western world
  • financial need is not required

One scholarship of $1,250.

4.) The RoMan Manufacturing Asian Studies Scholarship

This scholarship was established by RoMan Manufacturing, a company headquartered in Grand Rapids whcih recognizes the need for cross-cultural competency, Chinese language proficiency, and understanding of Chinese business and engineering practices. It is awarded to a student who fulfills the following requirements:

  • Be studying in China for a semester.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, insight into the China study experience, and a strong desire to go to China.
  • Financial need as defined by government programs is not required, but there should be some evidence that the scholarship is needed to help meet educational expenses.
  • Preference will be given to students majoring in business or pursuing a degree in engineering.  Additional preference will be given to students with some Chinese language proficiency.

A scholarship will be awarded annually assuming there are candidates who meet the award criteria.  Up to two scholarships may be awarded in the amount of $1,750.

5.) Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad.The deadline to apply for a scholarship for Spring 2016 is October 6, 2016. For information on how to apply, click here.

Apply for financial aid for your interim course:

You can receive financial aid toward your off-campus interim course in the form of an interim grant or a named scholarship.

Interim grants

A student could be eligible for approximately 20% of the net cost of an interim (interim cost minus room and board adjustment) if they have filled out the Interim Grant Application and have qualified for need-based aid. Need is determined by filing the Federal FAFSA application or Calvin's Canadian Financial Aid Form.

Grants are awarded on a rolling basis after students have filled out the Interim Grant Application. The application deadline is the end of October, but late applications may still be considered.

Please note that this grant is different from the Interim Travel grant from Student Housing given to students living in on campus housing. (The grant from student housing is $250 if you live on campus the whole year and $125 if you live on campus fall or spring semester. To verify the amount of your reimbursement, please check with the Housing Office).

Interim scholarships

The following named scholarships are available for students traveling off-campus for interim. The amount of these scholarships varies. All of these scholarships are in Academic Works and are to be applied for there. Applications for these scholarships are due September 30.

Daren and Renee D’Ippolito Scholaship

James Lamse Memorial Interim Scholarship

Wallace and Marianne German Interim Abroad Scholarship

Alumni Interim Scholarship

Dutch International Society Scholarship

Ben and Lori Lion Interim Scholarship

Jennie and Gerrit DeHaan Memorial Scholarship

Arnold, Elva and Doris Bakker Interim Scholarship

Bosscher Family Interim Scholarship

All scholarships require the student to complete the general application, the current student application and the extra essay questions specific to each interim scholarship. If a student did the general application and the current student application this spring they do no need to do that again. All they would need to do is complete the additional questions for each scholarship for which they are applying.Some of these scholarships are for specific trips but there are some general ones as well. The student will need to read through the criteria before applying.


Please check here for the forms for the Off-Campus Interim Grant and the Off-Campus Interim Scholarship. The forms you will need are typically available at some time in September preceding the interim.