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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

$4,000 to $20,500

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 2021 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, 2020
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • On-campus interview and tour: February 4, 2021 or February 8, 2021 (choose one)
  • Announcement of scholarship awards: March 1, 2021
  • Deadline for acceptance of Arts & Humanities Scholarships: April 1, 2021

How to apply

The deadline to apply for this scholarship was January 15, 2021. The application is now closed.

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 2021-2022 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

Through this program, two full-tuition 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 2021.

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 2020-2021 school year, and
  • have an unweighted high school grade point average of at least 3.50 (4.0 scale), and
  • 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

Academic requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must enroll at Bethel in the fall of 2021, majoring in physics or engineering.
  • 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 & 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, 2021

How to apply

The deadline to apply for this scholarship was January 15, 2021. The application is now closed.

More information

Scholarship Timeline

September, 2020: Scholarship application opens

January 15, 2021: Deadline to submit scholarship application

January 26, 2021: Visit & Interview event Option 1 (choose just 1 option)

February 4, 2021: Visit & Interview event Option 2 (choose just 1 option)

March 1, 2021: Announcement of two full tuition and two $10,000/year scholarships

April 1, 2021: Deadline for acceptance of all scholarships


Chemistry Performance Scholarship

For incoming chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Amount

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

The deadline for 2021-2022 departmental scholarships was February 10th. The application is now closed. 

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.

Finance Scholarship

The Bethel Finance Scholarship is open to two incoming students planning to pursue a business major with a finance emphasis.

Amount

$4,000

Renewal

Renewable for one additional year (total of two years).

Eligibility

At the time of application, students must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Be high school seniors during the 2020-21 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.

Academic requirements

  • Scholarship recipients must enroll at Bethel in the fall of 2021, majoring in business with a finance emphasis.
  • The scholarships are renewable for one year (two years total), provided recipients continue to have 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. 

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.

More information

Learn more about a Finance emphasis and the unique experience and opportunities it offers at Bethel, including the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Global Equity Research Challenge and the investment management experience available with the Royals Investment Fund, LLC.

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

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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 in good standing and working towards a degree.

Deadline

Deadline for the 2021-2022 academic year is July 1, 2021.

How to apply

Submit a personal written statement, video or a combination of both. Application link and details here. 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.

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

Applicants for Fall 2021 should be prepared for a February 20, 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. 

Deadline

Audition deadline is February 20, 2021

More information

Separate application required and can be found online through the Department of Music. Scholarship decisions will be made the first week of March, 2021.

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.