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A college scholarship is a monetary gift that celebrates an academic achievement, special talent, or act of service. The best thing about a scholarship is that it doesn't need to be repaid. Nearly all incoming freshmen receive some form of scholarship funds. Below, you can find amounts and deadlines for undergraduate scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year.

Bethel-controlled grants and scholarships will be reduced if students' total gift aid from all sources exceeds the financial aid budget for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and supplies. If you have any questions about this policy and how it could impact your financial aid, please contact your financial aid counselor.

Bethel-controlled grants and scholarships require a minimum of half time enrollment in courses required for graduation. Recipients must also be in good standing and working toward their first bachelor degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full time attendance.

Academic and Achievement - Royal Merit Scholarship

The Royal Merit Scholarship is available to new and transfer degree-seeking students.

Amount

$4,100 to $21,000

Renewal

Renewable each year.

Eligibility

This academic and achievement scholarship is awarded based on information provided in the application for admission. Scholarship notification will be included in your financial aid award letter.

Primary awarding criteria:

  • High school grade point average (un-weighted on 4.0 point scale)

Secondary criteria:

  • Pastoral or missionary service (parents of dependent students)
  • Either parent or sibling attended Bethel or is a current student

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing and be working toward first bachelor’s degree. Awards will be pro-rated for less than full time attendance.

How to apply

Automatically considered in the Bethel financial aid process.


Arts and Humanities Scholarship

The Arts and Humanities Scholarship is available to incoming freshman planning to pursue a bachelor degree offered through one of our Arts or Humanities departments.

Amount

Full tuition or $10,000 awarded annually

Renewal

Renewable each year up to four years.

Eligibility

At the time of application, students must:

Academic requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must enroll at Bethel in the fall of 2022 and major in a bachelor degree offered by one of the arts and/or humanities departments. If the student chooses to major in a different department after receiving the award, student will forfeit the scholarship.
  • Recipients must participate in at least one related co-curricular program during their first year at Bethel. Options include the Clarion student newspaper, a theatre production, the Coeval literary magazine, forensics, Model United Nation (UN), anime club, art and design club, and more.
  • The scholarships are renewable for three years (four years total), provided recipients continue to major in the arts and/or humanities and make satisfactory progress toward their degree.
  • Recipients of the full-tuition scholarship are not eligible for other Bethel-controlled grants or scholarships. They may use need-based grants (e.g. Federal Pell and Minnesota State Grants), or private scholarships to pay for room, board and other educational expenses.
  • Recipients of the $10,000 annual scholarship will be considered for Bethel's Royal Merit Scholarship and need-based grants. They are not eligible for other Bethel-controlled merit scholarships (i.e. Music Performance Scholarship and Departmental Scholarships).
  • Recipients of Bethel Employee Tuition Benefit, Tuition Exchange, and/or Tuition Waiver are not eligible for any of the Arts and Humanities Scholarships.
  • Recipients must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing and be working toward first bachelor's degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full time attendance.

Deadline

  • Application Opens: October 18, 2021
  • Application Deadline: February 11, 2022
  • On-campus interview event: February 21, 2022 (must attend)
  • Announcement of scholarship awards: March 7, 2022
  • Deadline for acceptance of Arts and Humanities Scholarships: April 1, 2022

How to apply

The February 11 deadline is now past and the application is now closed.

More information

If you  have questions about this scholarship, please direct them to the Office of Financial Aid.

Bethel Physics and Engineering Scholarship

For incoming physics and engineering students.

Amount

Two full-tuition scholarships and two $10,000 per year scholarships are awarded to deserving incoming students planning to pursue a primary major in the Department of Physics and Engineering at Bethel starting in the fall of 2022.

Renewal

Renewable for three years (four years total), provided recipients continue to have a primary major in the Department of Physics and Engineering, make satisfactory progress towards their degree, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

Eligibility

At the time that Bethel reviews the student's admission portfolio, scholarship applicants must:
  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • be high school seniors during the 2021-2022 school year
  • have an unweighted high school grade point average of at least 3.50 (4.0 scale)
  • although there is no ACT or SAT score requirement, the strength of the application will be greatly enhanced by a good ACT or SAT score
  • You must attend one of the visit and interview events on February 4 or 8, 2022, to be eligible for a scholarship. If you are unable to attend, you will not be eligible to receive a scholarship.
*Please note, the B.S. in Software Engineering is not an eligible program for this scholarship.

Academic requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must enroll at Bethel in the fall of 2022, majoring in physics or engineering (view eligible programs).
  • The scholarships are renewable for three years (four years total), provided recipients continue to have a primary major in the Department of Physics and Engineering, make satisfactory progress towards their degree, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.
  • Recipients of the full-tuition Bethel Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship are not eligible for other Bethel-controlled grants or scholarships. They may use need-based grants (e.g. Federal Pell and Minnesota State Grants), or private scholarships to pay for room, board, and other educational expenses.
  • Recipients of the $10,000 annual Bethel Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship will be considered for Bethel's Royal Merit Scholarship and need-based grants. They are not eligible for other Bethel-controlled merit scholarships.
  • Dependents of Bethel employees are not eligible for the Bethel Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship.
  • Recipients must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing, and be working toward their first bachelor's degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full time.
*Dependents of Bethel employees are not eligible for the Bethel Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship.

Deadline

February 1, 2022

Scholarship timeline

  • September 1, 2021: Scholarship application opens
  • February 1, 2022: Deadline to submit a scholarship application
  • February 4, 2022: 5:15-8:45 p.m. (includes dinner) visit and interview event Option 1 (choose just 1 option)*
  • February 8, 2022: 1:45-4:45 p.m. visit and interview event Option 2 (choose just 1 option)*
  • March 14, 2022: Announcement of two full-tuition and two $10,000/year scholarships
  • April 4, 2022: Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships
*If you are unable to attend one of the in-person events, you will not be eligible to interview for a scholarship.

How to apply

Interested students who meet the scholarship eligibility requirements will be asked to complete the following when applying for the Bethel Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship.

First, apply to Bethel University.

Then submit the Bethel Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship Application, which will ask for the following elements:

  • List of all the science and mathematics courses (not listed on your current transcript) that you will complete before you graduate from high school.
  • Explain what appeals to you about Bethel’s physics and engineering programs.
  • Provide the name, email address, and discipline of a teacher who would provide a letter of recommendation for you if you are selected as a finalist.
  • Attend a Bethel Physics and Engineering Program Scholarship visit event, and
  • Actively participate in a group interview with Department of Physics and Engineering faculty.
  • Upload a resume
The application deadline of February 1, 2022 has passed and the application is no longer available.

More information

If you have questions about this scholarship, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. Visit the Department of Physics and Engineering for more about our majors and faculty.  


Christian High School Scholarship

Offered to new incoming students beginning at Bethel during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Amount

$3,000

Renewal

Renewable for up to 3 years.

Eligibility

Students who graduate from one of five Christian high schools:

  • Southwest Christian in Chaska, Minnesota
  • Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • New Life Academy in Woodbury, Minnesota

Must be admitted as a degree-seeking student in the College of Arts & Sciences

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing and be working toward first bachelor's degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full time attendance.

How to apply

Automatically considered in the Bethel financial aid process.

Departmental Scholarships

Various amounts for current degree-seeking students who are recommended by their professors.

Amount

Varies

Renewal

One-year scholarship. Students must apply each year. If you currently receive a scholarship that is renewable, you must apply again to receive the renewal.

Eligibility

Available to current students who plan to return next year. Students must apply for the department(s) for which they wish to be considered. At the deadline, completed scholarship applications are given to the designated departments. Scholarship recipients are selected by committees within each department. Both need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Academic requirements

Must be a College of Arts & Sciences student, enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing and be working toward first bachelor's degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full time attendance.

Deadline

February 10 each year

How to apply

Visit my.bethel.edu and log in to Banner (located in "tools and resources" Click on the Financial Aid tab Click on the Departmental Scholarships link Answer a few simple questions. Be sure to apply for your major, as well as Financial Aid, Student Life and Christian Formation & Church Relations. Apply before the firm deadline of February 10, 2022.

More information

Available scholarships descriptions are found in the academic catalog each year.  Visit the 2021-2022 catalog to find the current year listing. Please note students do not apply for individual scholarships but rather to the departments when the application opens. After the February 10th deadline the applications go to the individual departments for decisions. In late April the Financial Aid Office will notify students of scholarship selections.

Faith In Action Scholarship

Offered to new incoming students beginning at Bethel during the 2022-2023 academic year. Applicants must have involvement with specific faith based organizations.

Amount

$4,000

Renewal

Renewable for up to three years.

Eligibility

Offered to incoming students who are high school seniors during the 2021-2022 school year and involved in Collision, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or YoungLife.

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled at least half-time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing, and be working toward first bachelor's degree. Awards will be pro-rated for less than full-time attendance.

Deadline

Application Deadline February 11, 2022

How to apply

  • Complete and submit the Bethel Faith in Action Application (now closed as of February 11).
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a Collision, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, or Young Life leader with the application or to undergrad-admissions@bethel.edu.
  • Attend the Faith in Action Scholarship event as part of the Admitted Student Overnight Event March 6-7, 2022.

More information

If you have questions about this scholarship, please direct them to the Office of Admissions.

Finance Scholarship

For incoming Bethel business majors with a finance emphasis.

Amount

$4,000 to two incoming students

Renewal

Renewable for one additional year (total of two years). For renewal, recipients must remain a business major with a finance emphasis, make satisfactory progress towards their degree, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30.

Eligibility

At the time of application, students must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Be high school seniors during the 2021-22 school year
  • Have an unweighted high school grade point average of at least 3.30 (4.0 scale)
  • ACT or SAT score required
  • Dependents of Bethel employees are not eligible for the Bethel Finance Scholarship.

*Dependents of Bethel employees are not eligible for the Bethel Finance Scholarship.

Academic requirements

Scholarship recipients must enroll at Bethel in the fall of 2022, majoring in business with a finance emphasis.

Deadline

February 11, 2022.

Scholarship timeline

  • Apply between September 1, 2021-February 11, 2022
  • On-campus or virtual interview and tour if chosen as a finalist in late January or early February.
  • Announcement of scholarship awards: March 1, 2022

How to apply

Interested students who meet the scholarship eligibility requirements will be asked to complete the following when applying for the Bethel Finance Scholarship.

First, apply to Bethel University.

Then submit the Bethel Finance Scholarship Application, which will ask for the following elements:

  1. Explain what appeals to you about Bethel’s business major with a finance emphasis.
  2. Provide the name, email address, and discipline of a teacher who would provide a letter of recommendation for you if you are selected as a finalist.
  3. Participate in an interview with faculty in the Department of Business if you are chosen as a finalist.
  4. Upload a resume.

Apply for scholarship (application closed on February 11).

More information

Learn more about our business finance program and the unique opportunities it offers at Bethel, including the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Challenge, Global Equity Research Challenge, and opportunities through the Royals Investment Fund.

If you have questions about this scholarship, please direct them to the Office of Admissions.


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.

Holman Chemistry Scholarship

For incoming chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Amount

Amount varies. For 2021-2022, recipients will receive $1,500 per year.

Renewal

Renewable each year for up to four years. To be eligible for renewal, students must: remain a chemistry and/or biochemistry major, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA, and make satisfactory progress towards a degree as determined by the chemistry department.

Eligibility

  • 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. This is a need-based scholarship. Applicants will need to provide basic family financial data.
  • Applicants must have declared either a chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Must be an incoming first-year student of Bethel University (freshman or transfer).

Academic requirements

  • Recipients must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing, and be working toward their first bachelor's degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full-time attendance.
  • Recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 at Bethel for renewal, and meet specific requirements of the Department of Chemistry.

Deadline

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

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, w-neiwert@bethel.edu
  • 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

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Legacy Scholarship

The Legacy Scholarship is available to new and transfer degree-seeking students beginning in Fall 2022.

Amount

$1,000

Renewal

Renewable each year

Eligibility

Incoming new and transfer students beginning fall 2022 who report on their admission application that a parent or sibling attended Bethel (College of Arts & Sciences, College of Adult & Professional Studies, Graduate School or Seminary) will be eligible for this scholarship.

Academic requirements

Must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing and be working toward first bachelor's degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full-time attendance.

How to apply

Automatically considered during the Bethel financial aid process; Apply for aid.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

A need based scholarship for Minnesota residents who meet the American Indian ancestry requirement.

Amount

Amount varies. During 2021-2022, scholarships went to $4,000 per year for undergraduate students.

Renewal

Renewable each year for up to 5 years of undergraduate study. 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 of Canadian First Nations, regardless of degree of ancestry or "blood quantum". Students may now demonstrate they meet the American Indian ancestry requirement for Minnesota Indian Scholarship 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 3/4 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. Learn more about the Minnesota Indian Scholarship and complete a separate online application through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.

Music Performance Scholarship

For freshman and transfer students participating in a Bethel performance group.

Amount

$1,000-$6,000 per year for 2022-2023

Renewal

Renewable each year for up to four years. Music faculty renews scholarships annually if students: maintain full-time enrollment status, make satisfactory degree progress, maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA, participate each semester (including all concerts and tours) in a Department of Music and Theatre performance organization(s) on the instrument/voice for which the scholarship was given, register for a (weekly) 30-minute music lesson each semester (a music lesson fee is billed to the student account each semester), and complete the Financial Aid process.

Eligibility

  • Incoming freshmen and transfer students
  • Students of any declared major are eligible
  • Must commit to participation in a musical performance group each semester, including all concerts and tours
  • Must have completed the Bethel University Application for Admission on file with Admissions by February 1, 2022

Academic requirements

  • Must be enrolled at least half time in courses required for graduation, be in good standing, and be working toward their first bachelor's degree. Scholarships will be pro-rated for less than full-time attendance.
  • Half of each award will be credited to the student's account each semester.
  • The award will be renewed annually by the music faculty with evidence of continued musical progress on the awarded instrument/voice, based on 1. fall and spring music juries; and 2. teacher recommendation.

Deadline

February 1, 2022, for Fall 2022.

Scholarship timeline

  • June 1, 2021, to February 1, 2022: Scholarship application, recommendations, and recordings accepted. Your completed Bethel University Application for Admission must be on file in the Admissions Office.
  • February 1, 2022: All application materials (scholarship application, recommendations, and recordings) must be submitted by February 1, 2022. Contact Cindy Reents at music@bethel.edu or 651.638.6380 for an extension or if you need to schedule an in-person audition. (Applicants may audition in person before February 26, 2022, if that fits your schedule better.)
  • February 26, 2022: On-campus in-person music scholarship auditions. All auditions (recorded or in-person) must be completed by this date.
  • March 2022: Award offers are mailed to all applicants
  • April 16, 2022: Award acceptance deadline.

How to apply

To complete the Music Performance Scholarship Application. You will be asked to:

  • Prepare an audition of two (2) classical pieces of contrasting style in one (or more) of the following formats:
    • Electronic file (mp3 or wav)
    • Link to online video or audio (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc)
    • High-quality CD or high-quality video
    • Schedule an in-person audition. An in-person audition is always in your best interest. It gives the best representation of who you are and what you can do musically. The Department of Music will host an in-person music scholarship audition day on Saturday, February 26, 2022. You are encouraged to come to campus to audition in person on this day.
  • You may audition on more than one instrument. Please provide two (2) classical pieces of contrasting style for each instrument, but submit each instrument on a separate recording or schedule two (2) audition times. All performances should be accompanied, with the exception of piano, guitar, and percussion. (Bethel can provide a staff accompanist for an in-person audition.)
  • Provide a short personal essay telling about your interest in pursuing music as a major and career or as an active non-major participant in music.
  • Include a list of performed repertoire. Instrumentalists and pianists: please include method studies in your list.
  • A recommendation letter from your school music director or private teacher is also required for consideration of this scholarship. Have this person complete the online recommendation form, which will be submitted directly to the Department of Music and Theatre, by February 1, 2022.

The application closed on February 1, 2022. If you need an extension or are interested in applying for the scholarship in the future, please contact the Department of Music and Theatre at music@bethel.edu.


Partnership Scholarship

Matching funds for degree-seeking students who receive a scholarship from their church.

Amount

Up to $2,000 per year (maximum $1,000 per semester).

Renewal

Renewable for each year the church participates.

Eligibility

Students who are working toward their first degree, enrolled full time, and in good standing in the College of Arts & Sciences. This excludes post-baccalaureate students, students receiving tuition benefits, and students whose tuition is paid by an employer, ROTC, PSEO, or other full-tuition remission programs.

Dollar-for-dollar match of a church scholarship. Not need-based. Student is not eligible if receiving Bethel's tuition benefit or tuition waiver.

Eligible churches must have a scholarship program that is established and approved by its governing board or congregation. See specific requirements for church eligibility.

Academic requirements

Must be a full-time student in good standing and be working toward first bachelor’s degree.

Deadline

August 1

How to apply

Apply for aid through Bethel. Your church must send a completed Partnership Agreement Form (pdf) and a check for the annual scholarship to the Office of Financial Aid by August 1.

Bethel will not match church scholarships that are paid directly to students, submitted without a signed agreement, or postmarked after August 1.

More information

Partnership Scholarships are normally awarded in addition to any other grants and scholarships. In some cases, the scholarship may reduce your eligibility for loan or work-study programs. In very rare cases, this scholarship will reduce other gift aid. In these cases, Bethel will notify the church and student before making any reductions.

Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarship (Bethel ROTC Scholarship)

Bethel’s commitment to Air Force and Army ROTC scholarship recipients is to ensure that full tuition, fees, room, and board (for students living on campus) are covered through a combination of grants and scholarships and board. Details of this program are available in the scholarship overview below.

Amount

Varies. Please read through the scholarship overview below for details.

Renewal

Students may receive this scholarship each academic year while meeting the eligibility criteria.

Academic requirements

See details outlined in the scholarship overview below.

How to apply

Please submit the Military Benefits Verification Form and the FAFSA need analysis for the appropriate year. Be sure to identify yourself as an ROTC Scholarship recipient. 

 

More information

For complete Bethel ROTC Scholarship details, read through the Bethel ROTC Scholarship Overview.

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.