A Low- or No-Debt Path to Graduation

A Low- or No-Debt Path to Graduation
  • Student
Emily Oliver '20

Freshman Elijah Dillenbeck is pursuing a five-year Pastoral Ministries degree at Bethel University. Because of the school’s new Field Scholar program, Dillenbeck will walk away from college with little or no debt.

“This program is helping me to get ahead and to focus on preparation for ministry,” he says.

The program has two tracks: no-debt and low-debt. Students are required to participate in four seminars a semester to learn about study skills, leadership development, career advancement and personal finance. They attend chapel, as well as financial stewardship coaching sessions.

Freshman LeAnna Giden, a sociology major, was drawn to the faith-based aspect of the program. If she weren’t a Field Scholar, she is certain she would not be enrolled at Bethel.

“I’ve had some bumps in my faith,” Giden says. “I knew I wanted to go to a Christian school and that God was telling me to go. I need to be surrounded by people who will challenge me to be the person I want to be.”

Learn more about the Field Scholar program.

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  • Pastoral Ministries
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