Dordt College News

Campaign increases scholarships

May 18, 2011

#1 the country. Perhaps you heard the news already last fall, but it’s making the rounds on national news outlets again.

In 2010, among all the educational institutions whose students qualify for federally subsidized loans (that’s over 8,000 institutions), Dordt College was tied for first place in the rate of student loan repayment. 

That remarkable ranking can be attributed to many things—the character of our students and the families that send them here; the continuous effort of the college leadership, bolstered by a generous donor community, to keep Dordt’s value high and costs low; the quality of our academic and co-curricular programs that prepare students for productive careers.

Another critical factor is scholarships. Dordt College is blessed with a large and growing program of donor-funded scholarships to help our students meet their financial needs and to reward achievement in many areas. There are currently more than 90 donor-endowed scholarships at Dordt, generating over $187,000 in scholarship funds to 165 students every year. In addition, there are 50 annually funded scholarships providing $317,000 to 160 students each year. 

Listen to the words of some of these students:

“Receiving this scholarship has been an answer to many prayers.”

“Your scholarship is a very tangible way that I see God’s provision and faithfulness.”

“This scholarship has helped our family so much and motivates me to give my best in achieving the goals God has given me.”

“I am truly thankful for this scholarship and will work hard to bring glory and honor to our Lord while attending Dordt College and beyond.”

A growing scholarship program is a wonderful thing for Dordt College because it allows us to reach out to all sorts of students. And knowing they are making such an impact on young people is a wonderful thing for donors.

In our ongoing Vision 2020 campaign, more than $7 million has been given already to establish new scholarships or add to existing scholarships. Our goal is to reach $10 million for scholarships. Would you like to help Dordt students through scholarship support? Contact the advancement office by calling us at 712.722.6020, e-mailing us at, or visiting our website at

An example

Twenty-three students received Henry and Helen Van Klaveren Achievement Grants this year thanks to the generous support of these friends of the college.

Talia Baker                    Danelle Miedema              Maria Schuiteman          
Caitlin Bronkhorst         Joshua Mouw                    Nicole Tate
Marcus Den Herder       Mitchell Nettinga               Katie Timmerman           
Samuel Ekstrom            Alissa Reeves                   Sarah Van Den Berg
Alexander Frankl           Joy Roelofs                       Zachary Van Ravenswaay
Allie Gorter                    Ashley Sandbulte             Lee Vellema
Emily Hoogland             Jesse Schelling                 Adam Warntjes
Kelli Longman               Kyle Scholten

John Baas
Vice president for College Advancement

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