Kuyper College students who receive scholarships have the opportunity to meet with scholarship donors during the Annual Scholarship Dinner. This year, 150 students and donors attended.
The Dinner celebrates the Kuyper College endowed scholarships, established through the generosity of donors. Beyond minimum established GPA’s other criteria that students must meet to be able to receive scholarships is mostly developed by the scholarship founder and they vary from declaring for a specific major, being a child of a missionary, career interests, to academic achievements and ethnicity. Endowed scholarships are awarded by the Financial Aid Office based on the evaluations of the listed criteria.
After an welcome by Dr. Nick Kroeze, president of Kuyper College Ken Capisciolto, Vice President for College Advancement, gave an update on the scholarship program. This year, there were 221 scholarship awards, for a total of $430,000. Of these nine scholarships are new, adding $150,000 to the scholarship fund.
Students Amanda Gilbert, Matthew Rahme and Joshua Hendricks, made remarks on the role the scholarships played on their ability to attend Kuyper and how their being at the school and has changed, and prepared them for the future.
Entertainment was brought by the Kuyper College Choir directed by Dr. Kai Ton Chau.
"I have received scholarships each year I have been at Kuyper,” said senior Jessica Cook. “I really appreciate the scholarships and the donors--the scholarships because they help me pay for my education and the donors because they remind me that someone outside of my immediate circle of friends and family believes in and supports what God is doing in my life.”
(Photo: Student Austin Huckfeldt meet friends of the College Larry and Betty Bengelink.)