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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

Students must apply every year.

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.

From Fall 2018 through Summer 2019: 2018-2019 form (pdf).

From Fall 2019 through Summer 2020: 2019-2020 form (pdf).


Business Partnership Scholarship

Up to $1,200 per year for students who are employed by a Bethel University Business Partner.This scholarship was formerly called the Corporate Partnership Scholarship.

Amount

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

Renewal

Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Degree-seeking students who are employed by a Bethel University Business Partner and are enrolled at least half time for the semester. 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.

How to apply

If your employer is a Business Partner, you may apply for the Business Partnership Scholarship. Download, complete, and submit the Business Partnership application to the financial aid office prior to the start of class. See a list of our business partners.

From Fall 2018 through Summer 2019: 2018-2019 Business Partnership Scholarship Application (pdf).

From Fall 2019 through Summer 2020: 2019-2020 Business Partnership Scholarship Application (pdf).


Church Residency Partnership Scholarship

Bethel encourages churches to establish a staff development plan by creating a church residency scholarship. Bethel will match the church's contribution up to $1,200 per academic year.

Amount

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

Renewal

Available for 2 years. Must apply annually.

Eligibility

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

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

Complete the Bethel Seminary Church Residency Scholarship Agreement Form.

More information

Visit our Admissions page for more information.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

$6,000 need-based scholarship for Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more Indian ancestry.

Amount

Up to $6,000 per year

Renewal

Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more Indian ancestry and demonstrate financial need. Awarded by state of Minnesota on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients must be enrolled at least 1/2 time and demonstrate need.

How to apply

  1. Fill out a separate 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

Students enrolled full time (6 credits per semester) in a master’s level program, or who are enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program. Available to students at the St. Paul or San Diego campuses only. Scholarships may be pro-rated for less than full time enrollment.

Academic requirements

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Deadline

April 15, 2019

How to apply

The deadline of April 15th has passed and the application is no longer available.

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.