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$1.3 million Bethel College Fund goal met

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – More than 1,600 generous donors helped meet the Bethel College Fund goal of $1.3 million, said Sondra Bandy Koontz, Bethel College vice president for advancement.

The goal was for fiscal year 2011-12, which ended June 30.

“We are grateful to everyone who helped us meet the goal,” said Koontz. “It indicates that our donors see students' education as their priority.

“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 2,500 donors contributed to various strategic plan projects at Bethel during the fiscal year, raising more than $5 million for the college.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 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 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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