Bethel Rewards Tweens in International Art Competition

Bethel College recently awarded scholarships to tweeners who participated in the 2008 Tweener Time Cover Art Competition. The contest is sponsored by Tweener Ministries, a nonprofit organization established in 2005 to promote literacy among tweeners (8- to 13-year-olds.)

Kelsey Hamersley, 16, a high school junior from Rittman, Ohio, was chosen as the winner for her artwork. She designed the cover for Bethel freshman Adam Stuck’s recent book, “Nathan Quist and the Insurmountable Problem.” 

Hamersley won a scholarship from Anderson University for her winning cover design. Brie Jenkins, 17, Pittsburg, Mo., took second place and Jessica Erskine, 16, Cammer, Ky., won third. They won a $10,000 scholarship offered by Bethel College.

“Our concern for alliterates, those who can read but don’t want to, was the catalyst for the organization. We believe elementary and middle school reluctant readers are looking for fast-paced, action-packed adventures, and we are convinced that high schoolers are capable of writing what tweeners want to read,” according to Dr. Marvin G. Baker, president of Tweener Ministries.

College scholarships are offered to the top six authors and the top five artists. There is also a songwriter’s competition. Total value is about $200,000. Bethel College provided the support to enable the concept of this competition to become a reality. The deadline for the chapter book and songwriting entries is July 1, 2009. The cover art competition is delayed until the winning book is selected.

 Baker Trittin Press publishes the six winning books. The young authors earn 10 percent royalty on their books. The winning artists are commissioned to do the cover art for the other five books. Winning songwriters will have studio time and work with professional musicians and producers. In addition, the Gaither Charitable Foundation provides a $1,000 cash award to the winning author.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations 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. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart campus and satellite locations in Nappanee, Ind. and Dowagiac, Mich. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.