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College receives $300K for minority scholars program

December 1, 2015
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Calvin College Entrada Scholars Program
The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin College is a pre-college program for minority high school students. Photo via

A college’s pre-college program for minority high school students will expand after receiving increased financial support from a retailer.

Corporate giver

Calvin College’s Entrada Scholars Program recently received a $300,000 commitment gift from Meijer, allowing the program to expand its enrollment.

Meijer has agreed to double its gift to the Entrada Scholars Program, by committing nearly $100,000 each year during the next three-year period.

The financial support will allow the month-long program to add an additional 25 students each year.

Hank Meijer, co-chairman of Meijer, said the company is pleased to help the program enroll more students who are interested in pursuing their goals in higher education.

“Our dad always believed that greater educational opportunities are invaluable,” Meijer said.

Entrada program

The Entrada Scholars Program is intended to provide a college learning and living experience to minority high school students, including earning college credit.

Students in the program enroll in a three- or four-credit course in English, history, biology or psychology, use the college’s fitness facilities, participate in group devotions, take beach trips to Lake Michigan and perform in the Entrada Talent Night.

Junior and senior high school students accepted into the Entrada program receive a $4,200 grant to cover the cost of tuition, room and board, books, supplies and activities.

Graduates of the program who then pursue higher education at Calvin College after high school will receive a $4,000 Entrada Scholarship for up to four years.


Nigel Likely, director of pre-college programs at Calvin College, said the program is one way Calvin shows its commitment to ensuring students who are academically talented have access to higher education.

“We are working to give all students access to higher education, regardless of income, color or creed,” Likely said. “It shows our renewed commitment to diversity and how it contributes to the flourishing of God’s kingdom.”

The Entrada Scholars Program began in 1991 with about 12 students and has grown to admit nearly 100 students, beginning in 2016.

More than 1,100 students have graduated from the program and about 96 percent of those chose to pursue higher education.

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