Field Scholar Program

The Field Scholar Program is a partnership with local employers to provide a low- or no-debt option for students to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University.

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Important Dates

Accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Apply now!

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Commuter students take on-campus courses and are paired with an employer who will guarantee work (15-20 hours per week during academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer).

Student Applicants

Program Features

Each student will also have an alumni mentor and will participate in monthly seminars with their cohort, on life skill topics such as financial management.

  • Combination of 50% Bethel discount, student work, tuition assistance through employer, federal and state aid                                        
  • Less than $10,000 cumulative loans over 4 years or completely debt free.
  • Students work 15-20 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week during the summer. 
  • Student retains $3,000 - $5,000 per year for personal spending.

Class Format

  • Choose any of our 50+ majors
  • Or select one of our fully online degrees in:
    • Business
    • Marketing
    • Organization Management
    • Cyber Security
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Christian Leadership
    • Accounting (2020)

Program Requirements

  • High school GPA of 2.8 or greater
  • FAFSA application
  • Letter of recommendation by employer
  • Campus interview (March/April)
  • Résumé

Ongoing Program Requirements

  • Maintain Bethel GPA of 2.8 or greater
  • Chapel attendance per commuter policy
  • Monthly mentoring meeting
  • Meet employer requirements
  • Meet Bethel payment requirements
  • Annual coaching seminars

Sample Field Scholarship Financial Breakdown


Tuition & Fees 

Bethel Scholarship -$14,000
Field Scholarship


Federal & State Grants/Family Contribution:


Student Wages After Taxes:


Student Debt: $0
Annual Student Retained Wages: $3,500

Take the Next Step

Prospective Employers

If you would like the opportunity to hire and shape reliable young workers, give Bethel University students a hands-on experience and help them cut costs associated with their college career.
Bethel’s goal is to match students with a job that will provide income and field experience relevant to their academic studies. You will help them graduate ready to enter the workforce. 
In 2017, 70% 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.

Contact Us

Whether you are a student, parent, school advisor or employer, contact us to learn more about our Field Scholar Program.

Contact Field Scholar Director Rosalind Ellis for more information: