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College receives $2M grant

June 5, 2017
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Kuyper College, founded in 1939, is a Christian school in northeast Grand Rapids that teaches students to "make a difference in God's world." Photo via fb.com

A local college has received a $2-million grant to aid the school in developing its curriculum.

Carl Zylstra, interim president of Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, said the college received a challenge grant from an anonymous donor.

Challenge grant funds are contingent upon a particular action by the recipient.


Kuyper plans to use the funds for “a multi-year, strategic curriculum plan process,” which will include strengthening the school’s Bible, theology, arts and science core class requirements, adding the option of a dual major in Bible for students in every program and requiring students in “almost every program” to obtain internships.

Zylstra said the changes will streamline and intensify the core curriculum and allow each program to be “undergirded by two foundational cores:” “the knowledge and understanding of God,” represented by 21 Bible and theology credits, and “the knowledge and understanding of the world and its people,” via 33 credits in the arts and sciences.

“The first addresses the most important aspect of our students’ present and future life,” he said, “making Kuyper one of the few Christian colleges in the country to require that high number of Bible and theology credits regardless of major.”

New programs

Zylstra also said Kuyper is awaiting approval from higher education accrediting agencies to create new online offerings and a master of ministry program.

Presidential search

Zylstra said the college continues its search to replace Nicholas Kroeze, who retired from the role of president in January.

Zylstra has served in the interim position since Kroeze’s retirement.

“With the strong financial support of friends, a talented faculty and staff and the caliber of students we attract, I can only imagine the wonder-filled journey that awaits Kuyper’s new long-term leader,” he said.


Founded in 1939, Kuyper College is focused on training students to “make a difference in God’s world.”

The school offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of professional and ministry fields.

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