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    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    Calvin Theological Seminary accepts doctoral students into both the Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program.

    Doctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Assistantships, and Doctoral Tuition Scholarships are available to students in the Ph.D. program at Calvin Theological Seminary. Recipients of Doctoral Fellowships and Doctoral Assistantships must pay tuition charges from the proceeds of the award. In addition, Ph.D. housing subsidies and living stipends are available on the basis of financial need. The current catalog lists further details about all of these forms of financial aid.

    Students who wish to be considered for Doctoral Fellowships, Assistantships, and/or Tuition Scholarships must complete and application every year by February 10 for the upcoming academic year. Applications are available from the office of Recruitment and Financial Aid.

    Students who wish to be considered for housing subsidies and/or living stipends must apply to the Director of Financial Aid and complete an application every year by February 10 for the upcoming academic year. Applications are available from the office of Recruitment and Financial Aid.

    Calvin Theological Seminary also participates in U.S. Government Student Loan programs (for U.S. citizens only).

    Forms are available at the seminary web site (http://www.calvinseminary.edu). U.S. citizens need to submit two forms: (1) the seminary Ph.D. financial assistance application form, sent directly to the seminary; and (2) the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at www.fafsa.ed.gov), sent directly to the U.S. Department of Education. International Students (including Canadian citizens) need to submit one form: the Calvin Seminary financial aid form for International Ph.D. students, sent directly to the seminary.

    Minority Scholarships include:

    Beelen Scholarship for Minority Students. The Marv and Mary Beelen Family Scholarship for Minority Students is awarded annually in a minimum amount of $1,000.00 to assist a student preparing for immediate entry into ordained parish ministry in the CRCNA. Recipients will be U.S. or Canadian citizens of African, Hispanic, or Native American/First Nation descent and are full-time students in the Master of Divinity program. Recipients will be committed to the Reformed faith and show promise for effective service.

    De Ridder Scholarship The Richard and Adrianna De Ridder Scholarship for International Students is awarded annually in a minimum amount of $1,000.00 to assist an international student who is preparing for immediate entry into Christian ministry in their native country. Recipients will be full-time students in any degree program. Recipients will be assessed on the basis of their commitment to the Lord and His church and the promise they show for effective ministry in their own country. Applicants must have a good academic record and demonstrate financial need.

    Bruinsma Scholarship. The Barney and Martha (Rus) Bruinsma Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually in a minimum amount of $500.00. Recipients will be minority U.S. citizens who are students in any degree program. Recipients intend, as pastors or teachers, to minister primarily among people who share their own ethnic minority background.

    Kromminga Scholarship The John H. Kromminga Multiracial Leadership Development Scholarship is awarded annually to assist students preparing for ministry in the CRC. Recipients will be students of Asian, Black American, Hispanic or Native American descent residing in North America who are in any degree program. Recipients will be assessed on the basis of their Christian character, financial need, academic ability and the promise they show for service in the Kingdom of Christ.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Mariano Avila
    Professor of New Testament; Director of Certificate in Hispanic Ministry

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Certificate in Hispanic Ministry
    The purpose of the CHM program is to provide ministry knowledge, skills, and practices to support and strengthen Hispanic pastors and leaders in the greater Grand Rapids area. It is an accredited program of 9 different courses.

    The CHM has been quite successful and these are the factors that have contributed to its significance: It is in Spanish and taught by Latino scholars; it is culturally relevant because it is taught by Hispanic professors who live and understand the realities of the culture of Hispanic churches and communities; it is free thanks to the partnership of the DeVos Foundation and Calvin Theological Seminary that have generously invested in Hispanic leadership; it is pedagogically creative and innovative making possible for students to learn together regardless of their highly diverse educational backgrounds and ministerial experiences; it gives full credits (3 hours credit for each course) and advanced standing for students with a college degree wishing to study a master's degree at CTS; also the CHM opens the opportunity for students to continue their studies at Christian colleges in Western Michigan with whom we are having conversations and are quite willing to transfer our courses towards an associate or college degree; it is academically robust and does not lower the standards but broadens them. In the classroom, learning takes a new level due to the ministerial experience of the leaders (usually absent in traditional seminary students) that brings fresh questions to the process or praxis-reflection-praxis. The CHM also values, respects and integrates the denominational and theological perspectives represented in the students, making them feel at home.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    The Hekman Library at Calvin has extensive holdings in theology, philosophy, and history, and houses the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies, one of the finest collections or resources for studies in Calvin and the Reformed tradition. More information can be found at the following web sites: Hekman Library: library.calvin.edu H. Henry Meeter Center: www.calvin.edu/meeter

    HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars

    Daniel Eguiluz
    2015-2016 Second Year Doctoral Scholar

    Contact Information

    The HTIC persons to contact for information on Th.D. and Ph.D. studies at Calvin Theological Seminary is:

    Name: Dr. Mariano Avila
    Title: Professor of New Testament, Director of Certificate in Hispanic Ministry.
    Telephone: 616-957-6934
    Email: [email protected]


     Updated 2015