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$1.236 million Bethel College Fund goal met

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – More than 1,500 generous donors helped meet the Bethel College Fund goal of $1.236 million, said Sondra Bandy Koontz, Bethel College vice president for advancement.

The goal was for fiscal year 2010-11, which ended June 30.

“We are grateful to everyone who helped us meet the goal,” said Koontz. “Our donors have indicated that students are their priority by helping the college meet this goal, just as they helped Bethel meet the Mabee Challenge for a new Academic Center.

“Gifts to the Bethel College Fund provide for scholarships, student ministries, faculty development, campus landscaping and technology upgrades,” she added. “They help to fund the difference between what students pay and the actual cost of their education. Bethel College Fund gifts assist every student at Bethel, and allow the college the flexibility to respond to opportunities as they arise.”

Almost 3,000 donors contributed to various projects at Bethel during the fiscal year, raising more than $4 million for the college

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2010-11 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is in the first tier in its category in the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2011. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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