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The Campaign for Messiah University

The Campaign for Messiah University

Learning for Life, Transforming the World

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The Campaign for Messiah University

We are excited to announce completion of The Campaign for Messiah University: Learning for Life, Transforming the World – a $83.4 million campaign to support Messiah’s vision to educate students for a lifetime of learning opportunities, including engaging its students and alumni beyond the undergraduate and graduate programs to include certificates, adult degree programs and enhanced learning courses as outlined in the University’s current strategic plan, “University Rising: 2021-2024.”

progress bar of fundraising, $80.8 million and counting!

This campaign encompassed several broad areas that support the University’s efforts to more fully fulfill its vision, including: The Messiah Fund and Scholarship Aid, Scholarship and Program Endowments, New Facilities and Estate Planning Gifts. Among the new facilities included in the campaign are the Ralph S. Larsen Finance Lab, the Falcon Fitness Center, Sawyer Gymnasium, Jordan Court in Hitchcock Arena, the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center, an enhanced Campus Entrance, a renovated Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services, and upcoming hospitality and upgraded seating facilities at the Starry Athletic Complex.

The fact that the goal was far exceeded has two main implications. First, projects not originally on the list of priorities when the campaign began could be added, including the greatly needed expansion to the Engle Center. Second, the additional resources for students translates directly into increased dollars for scholarship endowment and scholarship aid. Indeed, the University remains focused on ensuring a high-quality Messiah education remains affordable for students and their families. “Messiah University has a legacy of generosity that has sustained our mission since our founding 114 years ago,” noted Board of Trustees President, Craig Sider. “We remain grateful to God for those who have invested in the past, present and promising future of Messiah University.”

President Kim Phipps further remarked that “Our ongoing priority is to ensure that the next generation of Messiah students engage the significant questions of life and faith as they prepare to lead and serve their communities with competence, compassion and a commitment to reconciliation. The success of The Campaign for Messiah University enables us to move forward as an institution of academic excellence and gracious Christianity, preserving core values that are part of the institution’s heritage while also embracing many of the important distinctives of different Christian traditions. Messiah faculty, staff and students learn to value and respect those commonalities and differences, resulting in the development of a Christian educational community committed to the love of God and the love of neighbor.”

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Fundraising Priorities

Innovation Lab

The Messiah Fund and Scholarship Aid

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Scholarship and Program Endowments

Students walking in fitness center

New facilities

Career Immersion Opportunities

Estate Planning Gifts

Messiah Distinctives

At Messiah, we are committed to academic excellence and gracious Christianity, preserving core values that are part of the institution's heritage of the past 100+ years while also embracing many of the important distinctives of different Christian traditions. Messiah faculty, staff and students learn to value and respect those commonalities and differences, resulting in the development of a Christian educational community committed to the love of God and the love of neighbor. Please join our Messiah community as together we invest in the opportunity for the next generation of Messiah students to engage the big questions of life and faith as they prepare to lead and serve their communities with competence, compassion, and a commitment to reconciliation.

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100% of Messiah's Class of 2020 was employed or in grad school within 6-9 months of graduation.*
*based on survey responses and other verifiable resources

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100% of first year students receive financial aid

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150+ Undergraduate programs & 30+ Graduate degrees and certificate programs