Keenan BoyceAt Bethel College, financial aid and scholarships help make a private, Christian education possible for many students. In fact, 97 percent of Bethel students receive some sort of financial assistance.

This year, Bethel launched the Bethel College Rising Entrepreneur Scholarship. It celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship in Michiana by providing a scholarship to a student who has completed the Startup Moxie (formerly St. Joe CEO) entrepreneurship program. Through Startup Moxie, high school students are mentored by local business leaders. The goal is to prepare students to be entrepreneurial thinkers and contribute to economic development and sustainable communities.

Keenen Boyce, a 2017 graduate of South Bend Career Academy and now a freshman at Bethel, is the first recipient of this award.

In addition to earning a specific GPA, SAT and ACT scores, students applying for the Rising Entrepreneur Scholarship must have participated in Startup Moxie and submit an application. Boyce decided to make a video focusing on his integrity, work ethic, communication and initiative.

“[St. Joe CEO] taught me that I have the potential to have an impact on my city,” said Boyce in his video. “I was born and raised in South Bend. … For a time it was a place I was trying to escape. I want to give back, and that’s true also for when I go to college. … I want to be an involved student, mentally and physically.”

This specific scholarship celebrates Bethel’s priority of creating a culture of innovation while also investing in the entrepreneurial spirit of our region.

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Bethel offers many financial assistance options for prospective students, including merit awards, church-matching scholarships, the Billy Kirk Leadership Award, talent awards (for athletics, music, theatre and visual arts) and campus job options. Learn more at

Prospective students can estimate their merit award and how much financial assistance they might qualify for by using our Net Price Calculator:

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