Bethany College welcomed 75 Good Life Scholarship recipients at the start of classes this fall.

College officials announced the four-year, full-tuition scholarship program last December for graduates from Saline and McPherson County high schools who are accepted to Bethany for the next five years. Students that utilize the scholarship are required to live on campus and enroll in the college’s meal plan. This is the first year freshmen at the college have had access to the life-changing scholarship.

“Bethany College is grateful for the generous support of our local community. This is our 136th year. We would not be here it if were not for the support of our alumni, friends, and the local community. The Good Life Scholarship is our way of saying thank you and honoring our historical mission of serving families from these two counties,” said President Will Jones. He added, “We believe this scholarship is a win for local students and families, a win for local economic development efforts, and a win for the college.”

Of the 75 incoming freshmen utilizing the scholarship at Bethany, 38 are from Saline County and 37 are from McPherson County.  The average ACT for the recipients is 21 and the average GPA is 3.22. Women represent 41 of the 75 scholarship recipients.

“These students are very strong students and great young people. We are excited to have them on campus. They will be leaders at Bethany during their four years and then leaders for a lifetime in our local communities,” stated President Jones.

Local officials have praised the college for their creative approach and for the college’s support of area communities and families. Combined, the 75 Good Life Students studying at Bethany this year will receive more than $1,960,000 in tuition scholarship support.

Bill Nelson ‘86, Principal at Smoky Valley High School, stated, “Bethany’s Good Life Scholarship provides a great opportunity for our students to receive a quality education that’s affordable and close to home.” He continued, “Bethany College infuses our community with its academic enrichment, diversity, athletic competitions, tradition of excellence in the performing arts, and the many alumni that choose to live locally after they graduate from Bethany.”

Mindy Tillberg, a board member of The Earl Bane Foundation, congratulated Bethany. “The foundation is focused on benefiting the local community. Education transforms lives. Bethany is to be commended and celebrated for the strong commitment it is making to investing in the lives of local students and families.”

“Receiving the Good Life Scholarship is such a blessing for me and my family,” Kelli Nightingale a freshman from Galva, Kansas, said. “I received scholarship offers from other great colleges, but Bethany’s faculty and staff convinced me this was the best place for me. It’s a terrific education at a great price close to home.”

The Good Life Scholarship is offered to first-time, full-time freshman. Transfer students, who may have graduated from a local high school before attending another institution, and students from outside of Saline and McPherson Counties can take advantage of the college’s generous merit scholarships, which range from $7,500 to $16,000 and are based on grades and standardized test scores. In addition, Bethany College offers need based grants and athletic and talent scholarships.

Informational sessions are planned for the fall in Salina, McPherson, and Lindsborg for students and parents wanting more details about the Good Life Scholarship and other scholarship opportunities.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service