In 1948, Mr. and Mrs. Julius L. Stucky of Newton established an endowment fund at Bethel College whereby annual cash awards would be given to students for the most significant contribution to Mennonite or Anabaptist research in the form of an essay, research paper or collection of historical materials. Contributions are judged by a committee of current and former faculty and staff.
Generally the entries for the Mennonite Contributions Contest are research papers or seminar projects focusing on some aspect of the Mennonite-Anabaptist experience. Projects have also included musical or artistic creations as well as biological, sociological, psychological or health-related research, all with some Mennonite or Anabaptist theme or connection.
In 2005, the Mennonite Contributions Contest was integrated with the college’s other undergraduate research awards so that awards are given to fund proposed research or creative projects rather than being given after projects are completed. We hope to encourage a greater number of such projects with this change of format.