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Each year, the Chemistry department awards the Ralph and Karla Holman Endowed scholarship to four incoming students who demonstrate financial need and exemplary potential as a chemistry or biochemistry major. 


$2,000, renewable up to four years


  • At the wishes of the donors for this endowed scholarship, qualified applicants must demonstrate need, as defined by the Financial Aid office at Bethel University.
  • Applicants must have declared either a chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Must be an incoming first-year student of Bethel University (freshman or transfer).


To be eligible for renewal, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Remain a chemistry and/or biochemistry major
  • maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • and be making satisfactory progress towards a degree as determined by the chemistry department

How to Apply

The application requires the following information:

Academic information
Including standardized test scores, GPA, and lists of math and science courses taken.

Short essay
Write a short essay (about 500 words) on why you want to major in chemistry or biochemistry and what your educational and career goals are. (It's advised to copy-and-paste your essay into the application from a word processing program.)

Recommendation letter
The letter of recommendation should be from a teacher or other individual able to comment on your academic performance (strengths/weaknesses), potential as a chemistry/biochemistry major, and other factors distinguishing you from other applicants.

Via email: This letter should be e-mailed to Wade Neiwert, professor of chemistry,

Via standard mail: The letter must be sent in a sealed and signed envelope to:
ATTN: Wade Neiwert
Chemistry Department
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112


For full consideration, please submit all application materials by March 1. Applications may be submitted at any time, but review of applications will begin in March.

If you have any questions, please email Chemistry Professor Wade Neiwert.

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