Bethel College Aids Katrina Victims at Sister Colleges

MISHAWAKA, IN, September 6, 2005 – Hurricane Katrina not only affected the residents of the South, but also the local colleges and students that attended them. In response to Katrina's devastation, Bethel College has offered to receive, waive tuition, and house 30 to 40 students from colleges who were affected by the hurricane and who are part of the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), of which Bethel is also a member.

Bethel College is also coordinating a multifaceted campaign that will involve the student body in reaching out to the hurricane victims. First, Bethel is gathering funds in order to equip and send several teams of students to the South over the course of the entire year to help rebuild and restore in the aftermath. Second, the college is collecting financial donations from students, faculty, and staff. The donations will be given to the Salvation Army and World Relief for immediate relief efforts and also to the CCCU relief fund for its institutions affected by the hurricane.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 20 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. The Bethel campus is situated on 75 beautifully wooded acres in Mishawaka, Indiana.