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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 2020-2021 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.

Academic and Achievement - Royal Merit Scholarship

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

Amount

$3,500 to $20,300

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

How to apply

Automatically considered in the Bethel financial aid process.


Arts & Humanities Scholarship

The Arts & 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 4 years.

Eligibility

At the time of application, students must:

Academic requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must enroll at Bethel in the fall of 2020 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 & Humanities Scholarships.

Deadline

  • Application Opens: September 1, 2019
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • On-campus interview and tour: January 23, 2020 or February 7, 2020 (choose one)
  • Announcement of scholarship awards: March 15, 2020
  • Deadline for acceptance of Arts & Humanities Scholarships: April 1, 2020

How to apply

The deadline to apply for this scholarship was January 15, 2020. The application is no longer available.

More information

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

Bethel National Merit Scholarship

For National Merit Finalists.

Amount

$35,000 per year.

(For new incoming students in the 2020-2021 school year).

Renewal

Renewable for up to three years.

Eligibility

National Merit finalists who list Bethel as their first-choice school. Bethel seeks to award at least 3 new students 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.

Bethel Physics & Engineering Scholarship

For incoming Physics and Engineering Students

Amount

Two full-tuition and two $10,000 per year scholarships are awarded to incoming students planning to pursue majors in physics or engineering at Bethel starting in the fall of 2020.

Renewal

Renewable

Eligibility

At the time that Bethel reviews the student's admission portfolio, scholarship applicants must -

  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and
  • be high school seniors during the 2019-2020 school year, and
  • have an unweighted high school grade point average of at least 3.50 (4.0 scale), and
  • have an ACT composite score of at least 28, or an SAT score of at least 1250 (sum of math and reading comprehension)

Academic requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must enroll at Bethel in the fall of 2020, majoring in physics or engineering.
  • The scholarships are renewable for three years (four years total), provided recipients continue to major in physics or 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 & 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 & 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 & Engineering Program Scholarship.

Deadline

January 15, 2020

How to apply

The deadline to apply for this scholarship was January 15, 2020. The application is no longer available.

More information

Scholarship Timeline

August 2019: Scholarship application opens

January 15, 2020: Deadline to submit scholarship application

January 23, 2020: Visit & Interview event Option 1 (choose just 1 option)

February 7, 2020: Visit & Interview event Option 2 (choose just 1 option)

March 15, 2020: Announcement of two full tuition and two $10,000/year scholarships

April 1, 2020: Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships


Chemistry Performance Scholarship

For incoming chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Amount

$2,000 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. 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 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 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 the College of Arts & Sciences in good standing and working toward first bachelor's degree.

Deadline

February 10 each year

How to apply

This application to apply for 2021-2021 will be available from December 1st until the deadline of February 10th. When the application opens, the link to the application will be announced here, as well as in Bethel's e-announcements.

More information

Available scholarships descriptions are found in the academic catalog each year.  Visit the 2020-2021 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.

Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program

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. 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 Higher Education.
  2. Complete the FAFSA.

Music Performance Scholarship

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

Renewal

Renewable

Eligibility

The music scholarship process for 2021-2022 applicants is being restructured. We do not have all the details yet but applicants for Fall 2021 should be prepared for a February 1, 2021 audition deadline. Applicants may audition sooner if that better fits your schedule. Please contact the Music Department at music@bethel.edu or 651-638-6380 to schedule an audition. We will have the new process posted as soon as it is finalized. Thank you for your patience.

Deadline

Audition deadline of February 1, 2021

More information

Separate application required. When finalized, application can be found online through the Department of Music.

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)

Students in ROTC who are receiving full tuition ROTC Scholarships will receive a Bethel ROTC Scholarship.

Amount

$8,000 per academic year

Renewal

Students may receive this scholarship each academic year while enrolled full time and meeting the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility

Students receiving the $8,000 Bethel ROTC Scholarship will not receive other institutional grants and scholarships, including departmental scholarships. Bethel ROTC Scholarship recipients may receive federal and state grants if eligible.

Academic requirements

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

How to apply

Please submit the Military Benefits Verification Form for the appropriate year. Be sure to identify yourself as an ROTC Scholarship recipient. Only students receiving the full tuition scholarship from either Air Force ROTC or Army ROTC are eligible for the Bethel ROTC Scholarship.

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.