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Trinity Christian College recently announced Jon VanderWoude and Cassie VandeKamp as the 2006 recipients of the Founders' Scholarships. Both students accepted the scholarships enthusiastically.

"I was initially interested (in attending Trinity) because my parents are alumni. But when I came on campus, I felt at home," VanderWoude said. "I love the small school atmosphere, and it seems like professors really care."

VanderWoude is a senior at Westminster Christian School in Miami, Florida. He hopes to major in chemistry, a passion since his sophomore year. 

"When I graduate from Trinity, I (want to be) heading to graduate school to get a Ph.D," VanderWoude said. "But more importantly, I want to use the four years at Trinity to grow closer to God and learn more about Him." 

VanderWoude is also an avid singer. He and his high school choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The National Merit® finalist would like to be a part of the Praise and Worship team, a student group that leads weekly worship on campus, when he comes to Trinity in the fall.

"I sing because it was (a talent) I was born with, and it is a great way to praise God," VanderWoude said. "God blessed me with voice and love of music, and I want to use that to glorify his name."

VandeKamp understands VanderWoude's love of music. She shares that passion, having been involved in choir for five years and youth dramas for three. 

The National Honors society member is from Manchester, Missouri and attends Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. She would like to study elementary education. Her hobbies include playing and coaching volleyball, reading, and volunteering at an elementary school. Her favorite book is Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis.

"Four years from now, I hope to graduate having made lasting friendships, valuable connections with professors, good memories, and an impact on the campus," said VandeKamp. 

VandeKamp won the National Latin Award in 2004 and was in Math Tutor Weekly in 1995. She was second in her district for volleyball, posting more than 500 assists in a season, and a varsity captain her senior year. 

VandeKamp, has a sister, Kayla, and a brother, Kevin. Her family, including parents, Dean and Leasa VandeKamp, attend Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church.

The Founders' Scholarships are renewable, four year, full-tuition awards given to new freshmen. Applicants must demonstrate leadership in church, school, or community-related activities, display evidence of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and have at least a 3.8 grade point average, or rank in the top five percent of their class, and have 30 ACT or 1320 SAT 1 score.

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