Rev. Mark and Sheryl Douras are connected to Bethel College in way that has touched them deeply. Both of their children, Jonathan (attended ’02-’05) and Elizabeth ’07, chose Bethel. And it was at Bethel that their son, Jonathan, made friends, played music and searched for his career path, before a cancer diagnosis changed the family’s plans.
Jonathan had been at Bethel two-and-a-half years when he passed away in 2005. He loved music, playing several instruments and was a member of the college choir. Jonathan and Elizabeth both had participated in short-term mission trips before college.
Jonathan Douras (1984-2005) loved music and played the drums, the acoustic and bass guitars. He attended Bethel from 2002-2005 and was a member of the Concert Choir.
As a way to honor their son’s life and passions, the Jonathan M. Douras Legacy Scholarship was established to assist a student’s ability to participate in a cross-cultural experience.
Mark and Sheryl receive thank you cards and letters from scholarship recipients expressing their gratitude for the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and expand their education. Jonathan’s life connected his family to Bethel in a special way. Through his scholarship, he can continue to impact students for a long time.
“It is a privilege to have this scholarship. We admire Bethel’s mission,” Mark says. “Not just the mission, but how it is implemented,” he added.
“We feel connected to [Bethel],” Sheryl says. “We feel part of the family.”