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First-Generation Scholarship

The First-Generation Scholarship program is designed to make a Bethel College education affordable to a wider range of deserving applicants. These scholarships are only available to students who don’t plan to play a sport in college. Athletes are encouraged to speak with the coaching staff about athletic scholarships. There are two different scholarships available to students.

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Level 1 First-Generation Scholarship
  • Full-tuition scholarship
  • Recipients must live on-campus
  • Only 20 available
Level 2 First-Generation Scholarship
  • 75% tuition Scholarship
  • Recipients can live off campus

What are the Criteria?

  • Only high school applicants are considered; not transfers
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Parents don't have a bachelor's (4-year) degree
  • Live in Kansas or attend a Mennonite high school
  • A high school cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher

What's the process?

  • Complete your Bethel admission — including the application and transcript requirements
  • Send your FAFSA to Bethel, after Oct. 1 — Bethel’s code is 001905
  • Submit your scholarship application
  • Interview with the committee

If you have questions, contact Eric Preheim ‘16, Associate Director for Admissions, at

“With the first generation scholarship, it became possible for me to attend college… This scholarship is truly a huge opportunity for potential first generation college students to attend college, without as much financial stress.” - Chris S., Class of 2023
“The 1st Generation Scholarship helped me afford Bethel because it gave me the opportunity to actually go to college. My decision was made after I applied and was accepted because of the opportunity Bethel was offering me that nowhere else could compete with!” Lindsey P., Class of 2023

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.