Scholarships & Awards

All new traditional, undergraduate students who are accepted to Bethel College will be considered by the scholarship committee and student financial services for the following awards based on their eligibility. All students seeking financial assistance from Bethel College must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid awards and policies are subject to change.

Merit Awards

Bethel College merit awards range from $2,000-16,000. They are awarded to full-time undergraduate students and can be applied to direct tuition costs only. A student may not receive more than one academic scholarship/award in a given year. These awards may be used for a maximum of eight semesters of continuous full-time enrollment.

Bethel College Scholarship

Awarded based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Transfer student scholarships are determined by prior academic performance at an accredited college or university. A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required to maintain the scholarship.

Bethel College Award

Awarded based on high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Transfer student awards are determined by prior academic performance at an accredited college or university. A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA is required to maintain the award.

Visual Arts, Music and Theatre Arts Awards

These are awarded based on outstanding performance or achievement through an audition or portfolio review. Students must apply for admission prior to audition.


Athletic Awards

Awarded in each varsity sport. Contact specific coach for details. Student must be accepted for admission to receive an award and must live on campus.

Dr. Billy Kirk Leadership Award

Awarded to incoming freshman minority students who live within the Midwest region. The award is based on student’s academic record, personal interview, essay, reference letters, extracurricular and leadership involvement. Billy Kirk Scholar Leaders will be selected from ethnic minority candidates. Finalists are required to live on campus and attend precollege sessions on campus during their senior year of high school and summer following. Separate application required - download now.

Need-Based Awards

Pilot Grants

Awarded to students with additional financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Additional Awards

Church Matching Scholarship

Several changes were made last year to the church matching program at Bethel. As a result of some feedback surrounding this change, we have decided to take a year to reevaluate the policy. 


For the 2015-2016 academic year, only returning students in the graduating classes of 2016 and 2017 who have received church matching grants in the past are eligible to receive them again.  In order to receive the matching grant, a Church Matching Scholarship Program application (105k PDF) must be received by the April 1 deadline. Students who are not graduating in either 2016 or 2017 are ineligible to receive church matching grant funds, as we have restructured our financial aid awarding policy to provide increased Bethel grants to more robustly meet students’ financial needs overall.


We deeply value and appreciate our partnership with churches who prayerfully and financially support students. Together, we provide necessary resources to help students prepare for their calling and lifelong service in the church and the world.

International Student Scholarships

Awarded to students whose citizenship resides in countries other than the U.S. and is based on academic ability, financial need and the mission of the college to prepare students for service in their own country. A limited number of awards available and students must apply for admission by Feb. 1.

Lilly Endowment Recognition

Up to full coverage of room and board for four years awarded to Indiana Lilly Endowment Scholars who designate Bethel College.

ROTC Scholarships

Up to full tuition awarded by the University of Notre Dame Army and Air Force ROTC. Contact UND Army or Air Force ROTC for more information.


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.