Marie Van Beek
Marie Van Beek established this scholarship in loving memory of her husband, Elmer, and in honor of their three children, Elizabeth Van Beek Carlson, Paul Van Beek, and Susan Van Beek Deckinga, all alumni of Calvin College. Elmer began his studies at Calvin, but then voluntarily enlisted with the Army Air Corps during the Second World War. Upon his return, he completed his studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, under the Government Issue Bill. He worked as a faithful servant of Christ in his home, church, business and community. The Van Beeks have a special heart for the needs of students with physical challenges, unique learning styles, and cultural adjustments. A number of family members have experienced either cultural or physical challenges, including Elmer’s adjustment after losing an eye to cancer. For this reason, it is their desire that this scholarship will be an encouragement to those students who need special accommodations to ensure their educational success.