Kate Bytwerk Scholarship for Study Abroad

This scholarship was established in memory of Katherine Bytwerk, daughter of communications arts and sciences professor Randall and his wife Sharon Bytwerk. Katherine died at age 12 while hiking in the mountains during the 1996 Calvin Semester in Hungary program. Because of her delight in the opportunity to travel and learn through this international program, her family and friends established this scholarship to assist Calvin students in enjoying the benefits of studying abroad.

Basic criteria:

  • at the junior or senior year class level at the time the scholarship is used
  • cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • participant in a Calvin semester abroad program. Students in off-campus programs in North America will not be considered.
  • financial need is considered

Renewal criteria: This scholarship is not renewable.

Family and Friends of Kate Bytwerk
Supplemental Questions
  1. How are you involved in the Calvin and Grand Rapids communities? List any extra-curricular activities that have been a part of your time at Calvin (clubs, choirs, sports, tutoring, church groups, volunteering etc.)
  2. Have you had previous experience(s) outside of the United States? If so, please list them. Include the length of time you were there and the purpose of the trip.
  3. Why are you choosing this particular off-campus program? Is it related to your career/life goals? If so, how? Do you have any particular goals for the semester? If so, how do you please to achieve them?
  4. How do you hope to treat this semester as more of a pilgrimage than a tourism experience? How might God factor into that difference?
  5. Do you have any special circumstances that you think we should know about in terms of your level of need for this scholarship?