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Bethel Launches the George Floyd Scholarship

Open to incoming African American and Black students in all of Bethel’s schools, the scholarship was established to invest in the future of diverse leaders.

By Jenny Hudalla ’15, senior content specialist

August 03, 2020 | 10 a.m.

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Photo by Paul Hjellming '13

Bethel University established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship in June 2020, shortly after the tragic death of George Floyd—a Black Minneapolis resident—at the hands of a white police officer.

Available to incoming students of African American or Black heritage in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Adult & Professional Studies, Bethel Seminary, and Graduate School, the endowed scholarship is meant to support the education of the next generation of leaders.

“At Bethel, we are committed to creating a more equitable, just, and hopeful future for diverse young people,” says Jim Bender, chief advancement officer. “We invite you to join us as we invest in student leaders who will go on to accomplish incredible things.”

President Ross Allen, who attended Floyd’s memorial service at North Central University, says the scholarship is just one of many intentional steps Bethel will take to address injustice both internally and in the wider community.

“The deaths of George Floyd, Philando Castile, and so many others are evidence of the pain and persistence of racism,” Allen says. “As followers of Christ, we are called to seek Jesus by seeking justice—and we will do so imperfectly yet insistently, until the inherent worth of all people is respected, cherished, and protected.” 

Those interested in contributing to the scholarship can give online.

Interested in applying?

To apply for the George Floyd Scholarship, students can submit a short written personal statement or video.

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