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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


  • All application materials must be received by February 19 for consideration.
  • Applicants will be notified after February 21 of their status.

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

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