Bethany College Scholarships 

All new first-year and transfer undergraduate degree-seeking students are eligible to be considered for merit scholarships through Bethany College’s robust merit-based aid programs

Bethany College Merit Scholarships 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).

Bethany College’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship is a full-tuition award offered to a select number of high school seniors. Provided students maintain satisfactory academic progress, Presidential Scholarships will be renewed for up to four-years of consecutive full-time Bethany College enrollment. Recipients will service as Presidential Ambassadors for each of the four years they receive this award. Presidential Scholarships cannot be combined with other institutional awards.

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Over the course of Bethany College’s history, our graduates have shaped policies at the community, national, and global levels. Awarded by the Center for Enrollment Scholarship Team, Kalon Leader scholars must have achieved a record of distinction in service to their school and community and have maintained a commendable secondary school grade point average.

Recipients will be awarded $23,000 annually for each of their four consecutive years of full-time Bethany College enrollment provided they meet academic and program requirements.

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.

Honors Program Scholars are awarded $25,000 annually for each consecutive year of full-time enrollment as long as they meet participation and grade point average requirements.

Bethany College Merit Scholarships and Bethany College Merit Grants are available to full-time, first-year and transfer students. These awards require no additional application unless noted. They are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and are renewed for up to four years of consecutive, full-time enrollment. Contact your admission counselor or the Enrollment Center to determine your eligibility to receive one of these awards.

The alumni scholarship celebrates the multi-generational impact Bethany College has had upon its graduates. Children and grandchildren of Bethany College graduates, siblings of current enrollees or past graduates are eligible to receive this award.

Upon recommendation of faculty and the Scholarship Committee, students who participate in the College Choir will receive an annual award for each year of their participation. The amount of this scholarship varies. The scholarship is available to students who begin their full-time undergraduate enrollment at Bethany College in Fall 2023 or later.

Upon recommendation of faculty and the Scholarship Committee, students who participate in the Bethany College Band will receive an annual award for each year of their participation. The amount of this scholarship varies. The scholarship is available to students who begin their full-time undergraduate enrollment at Bethany College in Fall 2023 or later.

Upon recommendation of faculty and the Scholarship Committee, students who are active members of the College’s equestrian team will receive an annual scholarship award. The amount of this scholarship varies. The scholarship is available to students who begin their full-time undergraduate enrollment at Bethany College in Fall 2023 or later.

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.

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Bethany College Policies regarding Outside Scholarships:

  • Non-renewable outside scholarships may be used to fill any unmet institutional need first.
  • If a change is required because no remaining need exists in your financial aid package, a change to grant funds will be made. Note: Our scholarship funds are not reduced unless the total of your funds exceeds our total cost.
  • The College reserves the right to use renewable outside resources to offset its own grant funds regardless of unmet financial need.
  • All outside scholarships must be reported to the Office of Financial Aid within 30 days of student notification. Financial aid candidates will receive a scholarship reporting form that must be returned to us by our annually announced June due date before any aid will be paid to the account.
  • If you are the recipient of other grants, scholarships, or benefits, your financial aid package may need to be adjusted.
  • A scholarship is a method of payment and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the college receives these outside scholarship funds within the academic year.
  • Funds not received within the academic year become the student’s responsibility to pay out of pocket.