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Show off your talents on the stage, field or court to combine a performance scholarship with your academic scholarship.

We encourage you to stay involved in a variety of extracurricular pursuits as part of your Bethel liberal arts education. Turn your talents into a scholarship in fine arts, athletics or communications.

Your skills will be rewarded with FREE money, but since performance scholarships can be combined with your academic scholarship, you will not receive a full-ride performance scholarship.


  • $2,000 to $7,000 awarded for performance scholarships

Up to two fine arts, athletic or communications awards may be combined with an academic scholarship.

 

Athletic Awards

Earn athletic awards for participation in all varsity sports. Award amounts vary and are determined by the respective coach and the athletic director. To renew any athletic award, participation in the sport is required each year.

  • athletic band
  • basketball
  • cheerleading
  • cross country
  • dance
  • football
  • golf
  • soccer
  • softball
  • tennis
  • track
  • volleyball

Communication Awards

Your participation in newspaper, yearbook, forensics (see requirements below), radio and video production could result in scholarship dollars. Contact your admissions counselor for specific information and interviews.

  • $2,000 to $7,000 awarded for communication scholarships

Fine Arts Awards

Continue to cultivate your creativity at Bethel, and earn a performance award for vocal music, instrumental music, theater and visual arts based on an audition or evaluation of portfolio (see requirements below). Contact your admissions counselor to schedule your scholarship audition/evaluation during your campus visit.

  • $4,000 to $7,000 awarded for fine arts scholarships

Ready to invest in your future?

  • Complete your application to start the scholarship awarding process.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This federal form determines your eligibility for state and federal funds by analyzing income and asset data. Bethel College’s FAFSA code is 001905.
  • Contact Clark Oswald, director of financial aid, with any questions, or for a free financial aid counseling session.
  • Review the net price calculator to get an idea of your available aid.
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Your scholarship amount is based on evaluated auditions performed in person or submitted via video or DVD.

Specific requirements and procedures for auditions:
  • The audition should last no longer than 20 minutes and should showcase as many forensics events as possible.
  • If you have debated, include part of a constructive speech (4-6 minutes) in the audition.
  • If you have no forensics material, you may use speeches or interpretive literature readings you have recently performed.
  • Taped auditions will be returned postage prepaid.
  • We decide on forensics scholarships as auditions are completed. It is to your advantage to complete your audition as soon as possible.

For more information, or to arrange an audition or submit a video or DVD, contact your admissions counselor or the Department of Communication Arts.

Your scholarship amount in the areas of vocal, keyboard, wind, string and/or percussion performance will be based on your audition, typically held on campus. If you are taking private lessons and/or are in a school ensemble (choir, band, jazz and/or orchestra), you should consider auditioning for a performance award.

You may audition in more than one area. Specific requirements are:
  • Keyboard: Perform a standard solo or contest piece.

  • Vocal: Perform two contrasting solos (Bethel can provide an accompanist).

  • Wind, string, percussion: Perform a standard solo or contest piece, or an orchestral excerpt, with accompaniment (Bethel can provide an accompanist). Play two or more major and/or minor scales.

  • All auditions: Aural skills will be evaluated at the time of the audition.

  • Tapes/CDs: If you live out of state or are unable to come to campus for an audition, we will accept a recorded audition.

For more information, or to schedule an audition or send a tape or CD, contact your admissions counselor or the Department of Music.

Your scholarship amount is based on acting and/or production/technical achievement.

To audition for an acting scholarship:
  • Prepare two short monologues, at least two minutes each in length, showing contrast in style, character or mode.
  • Tapes/DVDs: If you live out of state or are unable to come to campus for an audition, we will accept a recorded audition.
To be considered for a production/technical scholarship:
  • Compile a resume of work done.
  • Include design drawings or photos of work if possible.
  • You must have at least one letter of recommendation from a director, teacher or supervisor.
  • Phone interview: If you live out of state or are unable to come to campus, you may schedule a phone interview.

For more information, or to schedule an audition or send a tape or DVD, contact your admissions counselor or the Department of Communication Arts.

Your scholarship amount will be based on evaluation of your submitted art portfolio.

 
  • Contents: Ideally, a minimum of four drawings in any wet or dry media and a minimum of four additional works in other media of your choice. If you do not have drawings, you may substitute other media.

  • Work should have been created within the past two years.

  • You may show three-dimensional pieces with photographs or slides. We prefer more than one image, giving two or more views of a piece. You may also show two-dimensional works with photographs or slides if you will not be making a campus visit.

  • Portfolios can be shipped or hand delivered. Ship your portfolio in sturdy, reusable packing. It will be returned postage prepaid.

  • We make decisions on scholarships as we receive portfolios. It is to your advantage to submit your portfolio early.

  • Scholarships cannot be awarded before the Admissions Office has received your application for admission to Bethel College.

For more information, or to send or deliver a portfolio, contact your admissions counselor or the Department of Art.

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.