Hannah Huisman of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Kerry Garrison of Metamora, Illinois, are the recipients of the 2012 Trinity Christian College Founders’ Scholarship.
The Founders’ Scholarship is a renewable, full-tuition award available annually to two incoming freshmen. Applicants must rank in the top five percent of their graduating class or achieve a 3.8 grade-point average; score a minimum of 30 on the ACT or 1320 on the SAT; exhibit leadership in their church, school, or community; and display evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Hannah Huisman, a senior at Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, is the daughter of Rev. Robert ’87 and Lisa ’86 Huisman; her sister Lette ’14 currently attends Trinity. The family of nine are members of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church.
Huisman, who plans to major in biology, has been involved in various high school committees, as well as sports, band, and the math team. She has also performed in musicals and plays, and she would like to further develop that interest at Trinity through choir and theatre.
Visiting Trinity’s campus left an impression on Huisman. “I realized I want to be part of the amazing things going on there,” she said. “It’s hard to put into words the feelings I experienced—the kindness of students, the warmth of the hallways, the encouragement and advice students freely gave as I began my college search, but, most of all, the love of God that seemed to radiate from every corner of the school.”
Kerry Garrison, who plans to major in communication arts, is the daughter of Henry and Brenda Garrison; her sister Kelsey ’11 is a graduate of Trinity. She and her family are members of Grace Presbyterian Church.
At Metamora Township High School, Garrison has been involved in various sports, student council, the National Honor Society, and musicals and plays. She has served as a Campus Life student leader and has volunteered with Mission Peoria.
Garrison said her sister Kelsey’s Trinity experience influenced her decision to enroll as did other important factors. “I like that Trinity is a Christian school, so I know that the curriculum will line up with my beliefs,” she said. “I look forward to the friendships I will build. I strongly believe in the verse ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another’ (Proverbs 27.17). I expect to find many peers who will challenge me and whom I can spur on as well.”