Meet the 2014 Founders' Scholars


Trinity Christian College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Founders’ Scholarship.

Congratulations to Morgan De Ruiter of Pella, Iowa, and Katie Oomkes of Grand Rapids, Michigan!

The 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
  • display evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ


About Morgan De Ruiter

Morgan De RuiterParents: Darryl and Shelly De Ruiter
Home church: Grace Fellowship
High school: Pella Christian High School
Siblings: Derek and Jake


On her first visit to Trinity, Morgan De Ruiter was impressed by the spiritual strength present on campus. Growing up in a Christian home, she was looking for a place to grow alongside a community of believers. “I feel that a Christian college is what I want and what God has planned for me,” she wrote.

Throughout her time at Pella Christian, De Ruiter has been an active member of multiple sports teams, choir, band, and student government. She has served as both class president and vice president and is currently a member of her school’s student council. Once a student at Trinity, De Ruiter hopes to study biology and participate in student ministries and intramurals.

“God loves me much more than I can imagine, and he only wants what is best for me. I know that he calls me to be his ambassador in this world.”


About Katie Oomkes

Kaite OomkesParents: Daniel and Lois Oomkes
Home church: Third Reformed Church
High school: Northview High School
Siblings: Matthew and Jacob


Katie Oomkes seeks to receive a strong, Christ-centered education through her time at Trinity. “I want to learn from professors who care as much as I do about my future and how God is going to shape it,” she wrote. She feels that Trinity’s location will give her a unique chance to serve both in the city and surrounding suburbs.

Oomkes has played tennis, participated in jazz band, served on student council, and been a part of the National Honor Society throughout her high school career. She has also found multiple windows to serve in her community, including a peer-to-peer support group, vacation Bible school, praise team, and various youth camps. At Trinity, Oomkes will study church and ministry leadership while taking part in band and backstage theater.

“My passion for Christian leadership is something that I feel can be directed and fed at Trinity,” she wrote. “While I want to learn more about Christian leadership, I also want to be ready to live out my faith in the world.”