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Harry '65 and Barbara '65 Kampenga firmly believe that Christians should serve in careers that transform culture, and they have established an endowment fund that will encourage Trinity students who have chosen a career path that includes service.

Beginning this year, the Harry and Barbara Kampenga Scholarship will support a Trinity junior or senior seeking a degree in nursing or education at Trinity. The Racine, Wisconsin, residents have made the grant available to students from southeast Wisconsin with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. The award, whose initial amount is $500, should increase to $1500 within five years and remain at that level thereafter.

"We chose nursing and education because they are two areas that are heavily service- oriented," Barbara Kampenga said. "Christians in those fields have a direct influence on other people, and that's something that is very important to us and honors the Lord. It's neat to be able to help young people long after we're gone."

The Kampengas, who were two of the College's first full-time residents in 1964, have emphasized the significance of service to their five children. Two of their daughters are teachers, another is a social worker, and their son is pursuing a degree in Christian counseling. Their daughter Cherish is a senior in Trinity's nursing program, which receives high praise from her parents.

"We are absolutely delighted with Trinity's nursing program, and Cherish has been very happy there," Harry Kampenga said. "It's a terrific setting that reinforces the values we believe in. When she graduates, we feel she can go to any medical facility in the nation and people will invite her to work for them. I think the same will be true of the College's other nursing graduates."

Scholarships awards are invaluable means of helping Trinity students meet the costs of tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses related to their education at Trinity. If you would like to sponsor a scholarship, call Maribeth Stech in the development office at 708.239.4806 or email

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