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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A new scholarship established at Bethel College recognizes the reality and the potential in a diversifying pool of prospective students.

Bruce and Joan (Mueller) Reed of Edinburg, Texas, have set up the Hispanic Legacy Scholarship Fund. Joan Reed is a Bethel graduate and the couple’s daughter Kelly is a current student.

The Reeds have lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas since 1993, where both are employed by the University of Texas-Pan American, a Texas-Mexico border institution. Over the past 15 years, between them the Reeds have taught more than 2,000 students of Hispanic heritage and have enjoyed and been gratified to see “hard-working students from Hispanic backgrounds transform their lives as a direct result of earning a college degree.”

The stated purpose of the Bethel scholarship is “to recognize and honor the many Bethel alumni of Hispanic heritage and to help recruit future Bethel students of Hispanic heritage.”

Inquiries about donations to the Hispanic Legacy Scholarship Fund should be made to the Bethel College Office of Development, 316-284-5250, e-mail

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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