Bass Family Scholarship

Andy Bass and Catherine Ristola Bass established this scholarship in memory of their parents, Jake and Joan Bass, and Ruth Ristola, all who valued a strong college education. Andy, Catherine, and their daughters, Sarah and Emily, are all beneficiaries of a valued Calvin experience. Together they wish to support students who are committed to honoring God’s kingdom through experiencing other cultures throughout the world.

Basic criteria:

  • entering junior or senior year
  • planning to participate in a semester-long study abroad program
  • graduate of a public school
  • financial need is considered

Renewal criteria: This scholarship is not renewable.

Andy Bass and Catherine Ristola Bass
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?