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Friesen selected to receive annual UPS Scholarship

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Elizabeth Friesen, a senior at Bethel College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship.

Friesen, from Littleton, Colo., is a 2006 graduate of Columbine High School. At Bethel, she is majoring in psychology and sings in the Bethel College Concert Choir. During the last academic year, she studied in Ireland.

The Kansas Independent College Fund, a Foundation of Independent Higher Education (FIHE) affiliated state association, distributed $2,700 in UPS Scholarship Funds to Bethel College. FIHE awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation. These scholarships are awarded annually to students selected as UPS Scholars.

The UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by FIHE, was initiated through endowment gifts from the UPS Foundation totaling $2 million and is now valued at $32 million. Since its inception, this fund has awarded more than $44 million in scholarship support to more than 15,000 students nationwide.

In announcing this year’s scholarships, Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation, said, “Our young people, our communities and our workforce all benefit from the increased educational opportunities that FIHE provides. The UPS Foundation is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with FIHE to support the deserving students whose education these scholarships fund.”

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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