Santa's College Fund (Bethel Version)

We’re thrilled to focus the charitable efforts of the MN Christmas Markets for the  into a fund we’re calling “Santa’s College Fund” in partnership with local non-profit, The Urban Village and Bethel University.

Santa’s College Fund is a scholarship that exists to remove financial barriers to higher education faced by many of our refugee neighbors living right here in Minnesota, through scholarships.

Our goal is to have at least 20 scholarshipped students from refugee populations attending Bethel University in St. Paul, MN by 2026.

The Urban Village is a non-profit serving as an incubator for community led projects that are committed to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for Myanmar diaspora refugees in Minnesota.

How it works:

The Urban Village is the perfect community partner for executing a scholarship such as this due to their continued investment and kinship they’ve developed with refugee communities here in Minnesota. They have spent the last year identifying potential candidates and will be notifying the winners on New Year's Eve that they've been chosen as one of the recipients of a Santa’s College Fund Scholarship.

Who is eligible:

Any refugee currently living in Minnesota with a desire to further their education

How to apply:

Jesse HELP

Why Bethel?:

Really good question. The partnership with Bethel came to be thanks to Bethel's willingness and commitment to financially commit to the success of our scholars alongside us. For every dollar that Santa's College Fund pays towards our scholars' tuitions, Bethel is matching it, making it possible for us to send twice as many students to school.

The fund is the collaborative effort of the MN Christmas Market and The Urban Village, in partnership with Bethel University.

How the funds are used:

The funds will be used to offset the costs for college age kids, because no one should be excluded from a chance to furthering their education by covering eligible costs:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Room & Board

How many scholarships are available:

It is entirely dependent upon how much money we can raise together, but our hope is to create scholarships for 20 or more students worth $5k/year, with Bethel University matching another $5k/year, resulting in $100k of scholarships every year for the next 4 years. After making use of financial aid and grants that are available from a national and state level, this would leave our scholars with an annual tuition bill of around $8k to pay on their own.

Partner with us:

Interested in being a community partner of Santa’s College Fund? We’re looking for partners interested in doing a financial match with the funds raised by the MN Christmas Market. If you’re interested, reach out to us at