Scholarships

Each year, Bethesda awards high school, college and seminary students with academic scholarships for their commitment to the disabilities field and Lutheran ministry.

We're offering $32,000 in student scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year

Looking to today’s students as the future of our organization, we support youth planning to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We invite students, high-school-aged and up, to apply for one of our three Bethesda Student Scholastic and Service Scholarships. This year, Bethesda is awarding $32,000 in scholarships.

Creating opportunities for the next generation

Scholarships are awarded in partnership with the Bethesda Auxiliary, a nationwide organization that reaches forward in faith, word and deed by sharing the love of Jesus with people who have developmental disabilities in partnership with Bethesda.”

High school senior students

Up to four $500 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran high school seniors pursuing a post-secondary degree in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Criteria

  • Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Be classified as a senior.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Applications
Deadline: May 19, 2017

Seminarian students

Six $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to a Lutheran seminarian displaying interest in service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a congregational setting. The scholarship application is open to all eligible seminary students.

Criteria

  • Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.
  • Be a current college senior, accepted to begin seminary studies in the fall, or currently be classified as a first-year or second-year student at any seminary affiliated with the WELS, LCMS, ELCA, LCMC, ELS or NALC. Students going on to their internship/vicarage year do not qualify.
  • Have a commitment to inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities within the local parish.

Applications
Deadline: May 19, 2017

College and university students

Up to four $3,000 scholarships will be awarded to Lutheran students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any academic area that will prepare them to serve and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Criteria
Be an active, communicant member of a Lutheran congregation.
Be classified as a freshman, sophomore or junior at an accredited college or university.
Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Have a career objective in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Applications
Deadline: May 19, 2017

Support the Bethesda Auxiliary

Select 'Bethesda Auxiliary Fund' as the designation for your gift.

Join the Auxiliary

Do you want to be part of a nationwide, 3,400-member volunteer organization that prayerfully and financially supports people with developmental disabilities? Join today!

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To request more information about Bethesda’s scholarship opportunities for high school, college and seminarian students, contact us.