Bethany College Competitive Scholarship Opportunities

Bethany College recognizes the rising cost of higher education and strives to be an affordable option for all prospective students and families. Approximately 90 percent of our students receive financial assistance. Bethany offers the Presidential Scholarship as well as the Honors and Kalon Leaders Programs as competitive awards. The Competitive Scholarship competition for 2022-2023 is now closed. Please contact our office to discuss an award package 304-829-7611.

Bethany College established the Presidential Scholarship to give recognition to high school seniors who have excelled academically. Winners of the prestigious Presidential Scholarship will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship. Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with other institutional awards.


Throughout history, Bethany College has sought to recognize and reward student achievement in leadership and service. The Kalon Leaders Program, a co-curricular program, was started in 1984. It serves as an extension of our commitment to the recognition of students who possess special leadership potential and will contribute to the Bethany Community.

Participants are expected to have demonstrated exceptional qualities of character and leadership, to have achieved a record of distinction in service to their school and community, and to have maintained a commendable grade point average.

The Honors Program is a curricular, co-curricular, and residential approach to education that focuses on teaching and learning at the highest and most exhilarating levels. Drawing on the abilities and flair of the best of our faculty, our diverse group of students start their first year with two Honors Seminars that replace the first-year experience and college writing requirements. Combined with special events and activities, these seminars provide the basis for the academic program and the opportunity for honors students to grow intellectually as they make their transition to college. Honors students are housed together in the Honors Residence, advised by the Honors Director as well as by a major advisor, and mentored by an Honors Residential Assistant in a unique living and learning community designed to challenge and support them.

Learn more about the Honors Program.

Bethany College Non-Competitive Scholarship Opportunities

The Bethany Merit Scholarship ranges from $17,000 to $21,000 per year and is available to accepted applicants who enroll at Bethany College as freshman students or as a transfer. These awards are based upon each student’s level of academic achievement and are offered through the Center for Enrollment. The Bethany Merit Scholarship is a renewable scholarship for all four years of full-time enrollment.

Students are eligible for consideration for need-based aid if they have filed a FAFSA and demonstrate need. A student’s need is calculated by subtracting a student’s expected family contribution (EFC), as defined by the federal methodology, from the total cost of attendance.

A Bethany College Need Grant is awarded to first time freshmen and transfer undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time and demonstrate financial need as determined by the result of a verified FAFSA application.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • The grant applies as a replacement award reducing the amount of any other Federal, State, or University grants or scholarships
  • Some military may be eligible for the Bethany College Need Grant depending on other military benefits
  • Students that participate in Employee Tuition Remission, Child Benefit and Tuition Exchange programs are not eligible for Bethany College Need Grants.
  • Outside scholarships or third-party awards will not reduce the Bethany College Need Grant. However, outside scholarships in conjunction with all other aid, cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance as established by the College.
  • Outside scholarships or third-party awards will not reduce the Bethany College Need Grant. However, outside scholarships in conjunction with all other aid, cannot exceed the student’s cost of attendance as established by the College.
  • Students may receive the Bethany College Need Grant for a maximum of 8 semesters.
  • Students must maintain the minimum Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress standards in order to retain eligibility.
  • Once the FAFSA is completed, incoming students are automatically considered for the grant.

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Defining the Bethany Experience

Some schools let students sink or swim. At Bethany, we have a different philosophy: offer a rigorous education with a built-in support network. Professors, students, administrators – we all work together to help each other succeed. We want our students to be adventurous and successful; competitive and compassionate. We work as a community, inspiring our students to learn, and to value serving others along the way.

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Eligibility Requirements

It is recommended that students apply by February 1, 2023 (this scholarship cannot be combined with the Legacy scholarship)


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Awarded to the son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter of a Bethany College graduate. Awards are $1,500.

Church-Based Awards

This $5000 scholarship award is competitive and conditional. To apply, students must submit an essay affirming their commitment to religious leadership and describing their experience as religious leaders. This application also requires two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s role as a church leader.

Students who accept this award agree to complete a course each in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, to participate faithfully in the Religious Leadership Mentor program, and to complete a Religious Leadership internship. This scholarship is open to anyone, regardless of religious background or affiliation.

Application Deadline: March 1

Son/Daughter of a Minister – Bethany College also provides a $1,500 scholarship to students whose parent(s) are ministers in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) or the United Church of Christ.

Outside Scholarships

Bethany College will accept scholarships from outside sources. Students are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which they may be eligible. Never pay to apply for outside scholarships. Bethany College recommends search engines for you can confirm these are legitimate and safe. You can also contact your local churches, VFW, Rotary and Community Politicians.

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*Merit awards are offered without regard for financial need. Students eligible to receive multiple scholarships/grants will receive at least the value of the highest award. It is our general college policy not to “stack” merit awards. Consideration for any additional Bethany College scholarships/grants will be based on financial need and requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

**This listing represents the principal scholarships and awards offered by the college. Priority for all financial aid is given to students accepted for admission before April 1. Bethany College Scholarship and gift assistance will not exceed the value of tuition.