COLLEGE SELECTS FOUNDERS'
SCHOLARS - 02/24/06
Trinity Christian College
recently announced Jon VanderWoude and Cassie VandeKamp as the 2006 recipients
of the Founders' Scholarships. Both students accepted the scholarships
"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.
"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.