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Krahn contest offers college scholarships to winners

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multimedia Contest for High Schoolers has added a new incentive for 2015–16.

The contest, sponsored by Bethel College and the online journal Mennonite Life, is open to any secondary school student in the United States or Canada, with awards of $200, $150 and $100 for the first-, second- and third-place entries as decided by a panel of judges.

New this year is that Bethel, Hesston and Tabor Colleges will offer a $500 scholarship to any Krahn Contest winner who enrolls at their respective institution.

“Departing from the traditional historical essay contest,” said Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel associate professor of visual art and design and Mennonite Life editor, “this contest is open not only to research essays but also to creative writing, original works of art or music or multimedia projects – for example, film or web – that relate to Mennonite or Anabaptist history, identity or theology.”

Historian Cornelius Krahn (1902–90) was of German heritage but born in Russia. After being educated in Europe, he spent a career teaching at Mennonite colleges in Kansas: five years at Tabor College, Hillsboro, and 30 years at Bethel College.

Krahn was the founding editor, in 1946, of Men­nonite Life. For years, he taught a Mennonite History, Life and Thought class at Bethel. Those categories – history, identity and theology – are the areas covered by the multimedia contest.

The children of Cornelius and Hilda Krahn established a Mennonite Life Endowment Fund in 2012 in honor of their parents. The fund provides the contest prize money.

All works submitted to the Krahn Multimedia Contest must be created during the 2015–16 academic year. Award winners will be published in the 2016 edition of Mennonite Life.

Submission deadline is April 1, 2016. Submissions must be made electronically to

To see the full submission guidelines, visit the Mennonite Life website.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2015–16 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2015–16. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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