Bethel College Creates No-Debt Field Scholar Program

Lissa Diaz

Bethel College announces the creation of the Field Scholar Program, a partnership with local employers to provide a low- or no-debt option for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Bethel. The program is designed for commuter students who will take about half of their coursework online and be paired with an employer who will guarantee work (15-20 hours per week during academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer). The first cohort will begin in the fall of 2019.

“This program is good for students and good for our community. It provides employers with the opportunity to hire and shape reliable young workers, while giving students hands-on experience, paired with a significant cost-savings throughout their college career,” says Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rich Cummins, CRFRE.

The goal is to match students with a job that will not only provide income, but also field experience relevant to their academic studies, so they will leave college ready to enter the workforce. In 2017, 70 percent of Bethel students had an internship, field placement or on-site clinical. This program builds on this experiential learning focus, and allows students to receive enough compensation to cover tuition costs.

Each student will also have an alumni mentor and will participate in twice-per-semester courses with their cohort, on life skill topics such as financial management.

“Working through college takes grit. Ultimately, the goal is to transform every community our Christ-centered graduates occupy,” Cummins says.

Employers or prospective applicants can contact Field Scholar Director Travis Beam for more information,


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