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Grants and scholarships offer the best kind of financial support because they don’t need to be repaid. Explore your options and eligibility for grants and scholarships.

Bethel Military Scholarship

Up to $1,200 per year ($400 per semester) for students who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

Amount

Up to $400 per semester ($1,200 maximum per year).

Renewal

Scholarship is renewable, assuming the student continues to meet qualifications.

Eligibility

New, regularly admitted, degree-seeking students who are serving, or have served, in the U.S. armed forces (includes reserves and National Guard). Recipients must be enrolled at least half time for the term. Recipients do not need to demonstrate need, and are not eligible for other Bethel-funded grants or scholarships. Students already receiving gift assistance from any source (including military benefits) that fully meets tuition are not eligible for this scholarship.

How to apply

Submit the Bethel Military Scholarship Application.

 


Business Partnership Scholarship

Up to $1,200 per year for students who are connected to a Bethel University Business Partner. Qualifying partners listed below.

Amount

Up to $400 per semester (maximum $1,200 per year)

Renewal

Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Degree-seeking students who fit one of the qualifying categories and are enrolled at least half time for the semester may benefit from this scholarship. Recipients do not need to demonstrate need and are not eligible for other Bethel-funded grants or scholarships. Students already receiving gift assistance from any source (including military benefits and employer tuition reimbursement) that fully meets tuition are not eligible for this scholarship.

Qualifying Partners include:

  • Global Leadership Summit Participant
  • AACRAO graduate of strategic enrollment management endorsement program
  • Former student of a college that closed (currently Argosy College, National American University and Concordia University in Portland, Oregon)
  • Employee of an approved Bethel University Business Partner Employer
  • Employee of a CCCU School
  • If you received your MA degree from a CCCU school and will be pursuing the EdD degree through Bethel University 

 

How to apply

If you believe you meet one of the 3 criteria, please download and complete Parts I and II of the application. 

See a list of our business partners to see if you are eligible through your employer.

From Fall 2021 through Summer 2022: 2021-2022 Business Partnership Scholarship Application (pdf).

From Fall 2022 through Summer 2023: application coming soon.


George Floyd Scholarship

The George Floyd Scholarship reflects Bethel University's theological and practical commitment to stand unequivocally against racism and every form of sin that destroys the image of God in humanity.

Amount

Varies

Eligibility

This scholarship is open to both incoming and current students at Bethel who believe they have life experiences that give unique perspectives and strengths that the applicant will bring to the Bethel community.

 

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation and be in good standing. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full time attendance.

Deadline

June 1

How to apply

Complete the application and submit a personal written statement, video, or a combination of both. By submitting the application you are confirming that you are currently a student in one of Bethel's schools (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Adult & Professional Studies, Graduate School, Seminary) or you have applied for admission to one of Bethel's schools.

Master of Social Work Launch Scholarship

Scholarship for students enrolled in the inaugural cohort of the Master of Social Work program.

Amount

$584 per semester

  • $3,500 for students completing the full Master of Social Work ($584/semester x 6 semesters = $3,504), or
  • $2,300 for students completing the advanced standing Master of Social Work ($584/semester x 4 semesters = $2,335).

Renewal

Students in good standing that enroll full time will continue to receive the scholarship for the duration of the Masters degree.

Eligibility

Students enrolled full time (6 credits per semester) in the Master of Social Work degree.

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled full time, making Satisfactory Academic Progress and taking courses required for the  Master of Social Work degree.

Deadline

Students beginning the full Master of Social Work program in the fall of 2021 must apply for the scholarship by October 1, 2021.  Students beginning the advanced standing Master of Social Work program in the summer of 2022 must apply for the scholarship by July 1, 2022.

How to apply

Apply and be admitted to the Master of Social Work program. Complete the Master of Social Work Launch Scholarship Application.

More information

Visit https://www.bethel.edu/graduate/admissions/


Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

A need-based scholarship for Minnesota residents who meet the American Indian ancestry requirement.

Amount

Up to $6,000 per year for graduate students

Renewal

Students must apply online every year.

Eligibility

Beginning with the 2021-2022 award year, eligibility for Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program is expanded to recognize the citizens and enrolled members of federally recognized tribes or Canadian First Nations, regardless of degree of ancestry or "blood quantum". Students may now demonstrate they meet the American Indian ancestry requirement for MISP by submitting documentation that meets all of the following:

  • Issued by a tribe, band, Canadian First Nation, or other official government office
  • Includes student's name and date of birth
  • Lists the student's blood quantum or degree of American Indian ancestry or clearly states student is an enrolled member or citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Canadian First Nation.

The Minnesota Indian Scholarship is awarded by the state of Minnesota to Minnesota residents who meet the above criteria and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is awarded on a first come, first served basis. Recipients must be enrolled at least half time and demonstrate need.

Prior to 2021-2022 Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more ancestry could be eligible for this scholarship. It is important to note, students continue to be eligible if they possess one-fourth or more American Indian ancestry from one or more federally recognized tribe or Canadian First Nation.

How to apply

  1. Fill out a separate online application through the Minnesota Office of Education.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.

More information

Learn more about the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program.

Returning Student Scholarship

Limited number of scholarships available to currently enrolled students in the Graduate School.

Amount

Varies

Renewal

Non-renewable

Eligibility

Currently enrolled students that plan to enroll at least half time (3 credits per semester) in a Master's Degree - either M.A. or M.S. during 2021-2022

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled at least half time, making Satisfactory Academic Progress and working towards a Master's degree.

Deadline

April 15.

How to apply

The April 15, 2021 deadline is past. The application can no longer be completed.

More information

Completed applications will be collected after the deadline. Recipients will be notified via email in May.


Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)

Up to $4,000 per year for students enrolled in teaching programs and commit to serving low-income students in a high-need field.

Amount

Eligible full-time students may receive up to $2,000 per term. This amount will be adjusted for less than full-time enrollment. The maximum total for undergraduate students is $16,000 and $8,000 for graduate students. (Due to federal sequestration, TEACH awards first disbursed after March 1, 2013, are subject to change.)

Renewal

Students must apply each year.

Eligibility

Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens completing the coursework required to become a teacher. Recipients of a TEACH Grant must serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students for a minimum of 4 years within 8 years of graduation.

This grant reverts to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan (with interest accrued from the date of each grant disbursement) if students don’t complete teaching requirements.

Please note that students who have a felony conviction may not be successful in obtaining a teaching position and therefore would not be able to fulfill the required teaching service.

Academic requirements

Eligible students must be enrolled in one of the following approved education programs:

Undergraduate majors:

  • All education majors
  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish 

Undergrad students must score above the 75th percentile on an admissions entrance test (e.g., ACT, SAT) or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 GPA (high school GPA for first-year undergrads, college GPA for continuing and transfer students).

Graduate programs:

  • M.A. in Education K-12
  • M.A. in Literacy Education (No longer enrolling new students)
  • M.A. in Special Education
  • M.A. in Teaching

Graduate students must be pursuing a master’s degree to be eligible (licensure-only students are not eligible). Graduate students who are not current teachers must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 from their most recent schooling; however, students who are current teachers or who are retiring and have expertise in a subject in which there is a shortage of teachers have no GPA requirement.

How to apply

Apply for aid through Bethel by completing your FAFSA. Then complete the TEACH Grant Counseling and the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve or Repay (Agreement) online.

More information

If you don’t complete the required teaching service or other requirements, your grant will convert to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The loan must be repaid in full, with interest (accrued from the date of each grant disbursement), to the Department of Education. Once a TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant. From disbursement on, TEACH Grants are all serviced by the same servicer, FedLoan Servicing. For TEACH customer service and service obligation questions, please vist MyFedLoan.org/TEACH.

After graduating or withdrawing from school, students must complete online TEACH Exit Counseling on the federal student aid website.


Yellow Ribbon Program

Students who receive 100% VA Chapter 33 are automatically considered for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Amount

Amounts vary each year depending on the set tuition and fee costs. The Yellow Ribbon Program covers all tuition and fees not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Renewal

The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) determines your eligibility. If your eligibility changes, you must submit a new CoE.

Eligibility

Students must receive 100% of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Students cannot be on active duty. Students who will no longer be on active duty at the start of the term are eligible for Yellow Ribbon.

Students receiving Yellow Ribbon ARE NOT eligible for any other Bethel Gift Aid unique to their school, i.e. the Royal Merit Scholarship for College of Arts and Sciences students, etc. Students can receive federal and state grants if eligible.

How to apply

Complete the Military Benefits Verification form. Submit your CoE to the Bethel Financial Aid Office.

More information

Visit Yellow Ribbon for more information. Or visit our Yellow Ribbon Frequently Asked Questions page.