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Scholarships and Awards for 2015-2016

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.

Kern Scholarship

Various amounts for high-potential students endorsed by a sending church.

Amount

Varies

Renewal

Renewable for 3 consecutive years.

Eligibility

Each Kern Scholar will need the endorsement of a sending church. In most cases this competitive scholarship covers the majority of tuition and is funded by the Kern Family Foundation, Bethel Seminary, and the sending church. Selection committee nominates individuals to the Kern Family Foundation. Based on GPA, not need-based. Available to students at the St. Paul campus only.

How to apply

Learn more about the Kern Scholarship and application process. March 20 deadline.


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 3/4 time and be Pell or Minnesota State Grant eligible.

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.


Post 9/11 GI Bill Program

Up to $1,000 for students who served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Amount

Up to $1,000 for books and supplies; payment for tuition and fees is determined by aggregate period of active duty service. To determine how much you will receive visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Renewal

Student must apply every year.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.

Note: Children of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program.

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete the Bethel Military Worksheet

Learn more about the Post 9/11 GI Bill


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.

How to apply

This application closed on April 15, 2015.


Returning Student Award

Offered to returning Bethel Seminary students seeking a Master's degree who enrolled prior to the 2015-2016 academic year.

Amount

Various amounts for returning full-time students

Renewal

Renewable through the 2018-2019 academic year.

Eligibility

Students who enrolled at Bethel Seminary prior to the 2015-2016 academic year. The amount is fixed based on the previous year's award.

How to apply

There is not a separate application for this award. The financial aid office contacts eligible students, encouraging them to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligible students who do not submit a FAFSA, but register for courses on-time, will be offered the Returning Student Award.