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Students In October of 2006, President Kim S. Phipps announced the Opening Doors to Educational Opportunities financial aid initiative. The initiative, which seeks to enhance Messiah’s strong commitment to student financial aid, encourages donors to support annual scholarship aid and scholarship endowments as a way to give the gift of a Messiah education to all qualified students.

Currently, 99% of all Messiah College students receive some type of financial aid, and the College will award more than $30 million dollars of institutional financial aid in the current 2011-12 academic year. Despite this significant commitment, some prospective students still face unmet need that is beyond their family resources to provide. Many times financial aid support is the essential factor that determines whether a student is able to enroll at Messiah College.
Nationwide, college students are graduating with increased amounts of debt. Messiah graduates are not immune to this national trend. In fact, 77% of Messiah students now graduate with education-related debt. Some of these students, who have trained for lives of servant leadership, are precluded from missions work and service-related occupations due to their debt loads upon graduation.

That is why Messiah is asking donors to give specifically to financial aid, whether in the form of annual Scholarship Aid or through the establishment of a named scholarship endowment (minimum gift amounts apply).

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