Meet the 2013 Founders Scholars

The College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Founders’ Scholarship.

Congratulations to Trevor Dalla Santa of Lynden, Washington, and Ben Hoekstra of Brookfield, Wisconsin!

What Is This Awesome 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
  • display evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ


DallaAbout Trevor Dalla Santa

Proud parents: Paul and Susan
Home church: Second Christian Reformed Church
High school: Lynden Christian High School
Siblings: Kevin and Toby


Recognizing that college is a time of spiritual as well as academic growth, Dalla Santa chose Trinity because of its faith-based perspective. “Trinity will continue challenging me to learn how to solve problems in a way that will impact the world around me,” he wrote.

Throughout his high school years, Dalla Santa has been involved in a variety of extracurricular activities, including varsity soccer and tennis, LIFE Spiritual Peer Group, band, and basketball. He plans to be involved in many ways in Trinity’s community, academically, socially, and through service.

“I understand the dedication and focus expected of students at Trinity and believe that dedication to academics and engagement in community life will help me to realize my full potential.”


HoekstraAbout Ben Hoekstra

Proud parents: James and Bonnie          
Home church: Falls Presbyterian Church
High school: Milwaukee Lutheran High School
Siblings: Laura ’14 and April

In high school, he served on the junior executive board of the National Honor Society and as president, on the student council, and as an assistant teacher at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission

Hoekstra writes that at Trinity he plans to participate in intramurals and study abroad opportunities. He believes Trinity’s Christian community and curriculum will support him academically and spiritually as he grows in his faith.

Trinity’s diversity is an important aspect of that community for Hoekstra. “I would love to be a part of a community that has Christ as its center and many of his children from all over.”