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A scholarship is a gift given to recognize your academic achievements, your vocational goals, or acts of service. We offer several scholarships for full-time seminary students. Full time enrollment is 6.0 credits per semester. Bethel institutional gift aid applies to fall and spring semesters only.

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 2020 through Summer 2021: 2020-2021 Business Partnership Scholarship Application (pdf).

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


Church Residency Partnership Scholarship

Bethel encourages churches to establish a staff development plan by creating a formal mentoring experience. Bethel will offer a scholarship up to $1,200 per academic year. The church is expected to contribute, as well.

Amount

$400 per semester/up to $1,200 per academic year

Renewal

Automatically renews each year

Eligibility

Must enroll at least half time (3 credits/semester)

Academic requirements

Student must be pursuing a Master's degree

Deadline

August 1 for students beginning in Fall

December 1 for students beginning in Spring

May 1 for students beginning in Summer

How to apply

From Fall 2020 through Summer 2021: Bethel Seminary Church Residency Scholarship Form 2020-2021 (pdf).

From Fall 2021 through Summer 2022: Bethel Seminary Church Residency Scholarship Form 2021-2022 (pdf).

More information

Visit our Admissions page for more information.

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.

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 and Doctor of Ministry Scholarships

Various amounts for returning full-time students.

Amount

Varies

Renewal

Non-renewable

Eligibility

If you are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at Bethel Seminary during the 2020-2021 academic year, please complete this application. Available to students at the St. Paul campus or students that were formerly enrolled at the San Diego campus and are doing a teach out Please note this application is for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you do not plan to return for the 2021-2022 academic year, please do not complete this application. Scholarships may be pro-rated for less than full time enrollment.

Academic requirements

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Deadline

April 15.

How to apply

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

More information

The selection committee meets in May. Recipients will be notified in late May.

Seminary Merit Scholarship

For incoming, first-year students enrolling full-time in a master's level program. This scholarship is renewable.

Amount

$3,000 per year for year round enrollment ($1,000/semester)

Renewal

Renewable each year

Eligibility

For incoming, first-year students enrolling full time (6.0 credits per term) in a master's level degree program.

Academic requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for renewal.

Deadline

Spring start deadline: January 15

Summer start deadline: May 15

Fall start deadline: August 15

How to apply

Apply for the Merit Scholarship before the deadline.

More information

At the time we award the scholarship, it will be called the "Seminary Merit Scholarship." Later, once we know what endowed scholarship money we have available that year, the Financial Aid Office will swap the Seminary Merit Scholarship for a named scholarship. The amount awarded will remain the same. This process will occur each year. Additionally, students are required to write a thank you note to the donor each year. The thank you note is an online process.


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.