Two new students have been named recipients of the prestigious Trinity Christian College Founders’ Scholarship. Aletta Huisman of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Jacob Maatman of Lynwood, Illinois, both expressed excitement and gratitude upon receiving the news from their Trinity admissions counselor Dilaun White ’09.
Founders’ scholarships are renewable full-tuition awards given 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.
Huisman, who is a senior at Unity Christian High School and plans to major in biology at Trinity, said that after spending Founders’ Weekend with the 31 other candidates, she realized the committee’s decision would be a difficult one to make given the caliber of students being considered. She is the daughter of Bob ’87 and Lisa ’86 Huisman and attends Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Hudsonville, Michigan, where her father serves as pastor.
Maatman is a senior at Heritage Christian School and will major in mathematics. He is the son of Troy and Rebecca ’86 Maatman and attends South Holland Protestant Reformed Church. White, along with Pete Hamstra, vice president for admissions and marketing, and Jeremy Klyn ’02, director of admissions, arrived at Heritage to make the announcement to a very surprised Maatman, and his mother who teaches Kindergarten at the school.