“Bethel’s Physics and Engineering Scholarship Program greatly increases the number of really good students in our department and in Bethel in general,” says Brian Beeckan, department chair and professor of physics and engineering. “Having good students is a key to having a great program. We can do so much more in terms of research, grants, and growth with good students. And it is all so much fun!”
Two full-tuition and two $10,000 scholarships—renewable each following year—have been awarded to incoming physics and engineering students with academic promise and outstanding passion for their field. All 45 applicants answered the questions: “What is it that makes you passionate about physics and/or engineering? Why do you want to study it at Bethel specifically?” The department then invited the applicants to visit the 15 newly renovated lab spaces, connect with 10 current students to see their professional level research first-hand, meet with the department’s prestigious faculty members, and hear from two alumni who shared their personal experiences. By the end of their visits, the applicants could all imagine what life in Bethel’s physics and engineering department would be like—academically, professionally, and personally as they’ve already begun developing influential relationships.
“It is so exciting to see so many outstanding young people interested in Bethel,” says Beeckan. The scholarship’s only downside? “We only have four awards to give.” We are honored to award this year’s scholarships to these stellar students who love physics and engineering almost as much as they love Jesus.
Award: Full Tuition
Computer Engineering | Mathematics and Data Science
“Personally, I see stars as an image of God, both in their beauty and the fascinating physics God created to form them. By studying physics, I am drawn closer to God through my curiosity of how He designed the universe. Currently, I plan on studying computer engineering. Through this major, I hope to use the creativity God has placed within me to tackle the exciting challenges in the computer technology industry. In my free time I enjoy programming and designing circuits, so I am fairly certain computer engineering is the perfect fit for me. This school year, I have been blessed with the opportunity to study and live at Bethel as a PSEO student, and it has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life. At Bethel, I know I am a part of something greater than myself. I am able to study physics with brilliant peers and be a part of a Christ-centered community striving to do God’s will. At Bethel, I hope to continue the relationships I’ve made and become the light bearer God is calling me to be.”