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A 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.

Academic and Achievement - Royal Merit Scholarship

The Royal Merit Scholarship is available to new and transfer students beginning fall 2015.

Amount

$3,500 to $17,000

Renewal

Renewable each year

Eligibility

This academic and achievement scholarship is awarded at the point of admission based on information provided in the application for admission. Scholarship notification is done through the acceptance letter. Offered to new and transfer students beginning fall 2015.

Primary awarding criteria:

  • High school grade point average (un-weighted on 4.0 point scale)
  • ACT composite or SAT (math and verbal scores)

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

How to apply

Automatically considered in the Bethel admissions process 


Art Performance Scholarship

$2,000 per year for incoming art majors.

Amount

$2,000 per year

Renewal

Renewable each year up to 4 years

Eligibility

Incoming freshman and transfer art majors who display maturity in their work, high potential for success within the major, and potential for department leadership.

Academic requirements

Students must be full time, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, and meet specific requirements of the Department of Art and Design.

Deadline

February 1

How to apply

Separate application required. Find more information about the scholarship or apply online with your Bethel Community Account.


Bethel National Merit Scholarship

$30,000 per year for National Merit finalists.

Amount

$30,000 per year

Renewal

Renewable each year

Eligibility

National Merit finalists who list Bethel as their first-choice school and are not awarded another form of the National Merit Scholarship. At least 3 students are awarded each year. Students must have taken PSAT during their junior year in high school. National Merit recipients are not eligible for any other type of Bethel gift aid, including the Royal Merit Scholarship.

Academic requirements

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

How to apply

Separate application process. Apply through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.


Chemistry Performance Scholarship

$1,000 per year for incoming chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Amount

$1,000 per year

Renewal

Renewable each year up to 4 years

Eligibility

Incoming freshman and transfer students who have declared either a chemistry or biochemistry major. This is a need-based scholarship, so applicants will need to provide basic family financial data.

Academic requirements

Students must be full time, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 at Bethel for renewal, and meet specific requirements of the Department of Chemistry.

Deadline

February 1

How to apply

Separate application required. Find more information about the scholarship or apply online with your Bethel Community Account.


Departmental Scholarships

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

Amount

Varies

Renewal

One-year scholarship. Students must apply each year.

Eligibility

Available to current students who will return the next year, upon the recommendation of Bethel professors and staff. Faculty members select students in their academic major. Both need-based and merit scholarships are available.

Academic requirements

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

Deadline

February 10

How to apply

Separate application process available only between November 26 and February 10. Students can access the online application through Blink (Student Services tab > Financial Aid channel).


Forensics Performance Scholarship

Up to $4,000 per year for freshmen and transfer students joining the forensics team.

Amount

Up to $4,000 per year

Renewal

Renewable

Eligibility

Incoming freshmen and transfer students interested in being on the forensics team. Students don't have to be a communication major to apply.

Academic requirements

Students must be full time, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, and meet specific requirements of the Department of Communication Studies.

Deadline

February 1

How to apply

Separate application required. Fill out the Forensics Scholarship application provided by the Department of Communication Studies.


Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

$4,000 need-based scholarship for Minnesota residents who are one-fourth or more Indian ancestry.

Amount

Up to $4,000 per year.

Renewal

Renewable each year for up to 5 years of undergraduate study. Students must apply every year.

Eligibility

Need-based scholarship for 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.

How to apply

  1. Learn more about the Minnesota Indian Scholarship and complete a separate application through the Minnesota Office of Education.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.

More information

Learn more about the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program.


Music Performance Scholarship

Up to $4,000 per year for freshman and transfer students participating in a Bethel performance group

Amount

Up to $4,000 per year

Renewal

Renewable

Eligibility

Incoming freshman and transfer students. These awards are not need based and are open to all students regardless of major; however, they do require participation in a Bethel performance organization.

Academic requirements

Students must be full time, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, and meet specific requirements of the Department of Music.

Deadline

January 15

More information

Separate application required. Send in audition materials and fill out the online application through the Department of Music.


Partnership Scholarship

Up to $2,000 per year of matching funds for 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.


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


Theatre Arts Performance Scholarship

Up to $2,000 per year for students who demonstrate potential in performing, design, and technology.

Amount

Up to $2,000 per year

Renewal

Renewable

Eligibility

Incoming freshman and transfer students who demonstrate potential in performing, design, and technology.

Academic requirements

Students must be full time, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, and meet specific requirements of the Department of Theatre.

Deadline

February 1

How to apply

Separate application required. Set up an audition, send in required materials, and apply through the Department of Theatre.