Messiah University's response to COVID-19

Messiah is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.

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The current COVID-19 crisis has created many challenges for our students and the entire Messiah University community. We continue to offer prayers of support not only for those directly impacted by the virus, but also for those indirectly impacted through loss of employment, increased anxiety, and other negative effects. The COVID-19 pandemic crisis will certainly lead to increased needs for some students. We are already experiencing a growing number of students who have requested help to meet unplanned financial gaps due to job losses and other extenuating circumstances.

Many supporters of Messiah have asked how they can help us in addition to providing ongoing prayer support. There are two funds that are of particular importance right now as we seek to navigate this crisis. We are deeply grateful if you would consider making a gift at this time. Follow the link on the below left to learn more.

Why Give?

At Messiah University, we believe that the higher education experience should be transforming. We believe in equipping our students to navigate life's tensions and bring about reconciliation in our world today. We believe in Christ centered education.

When you support the Messiah Fund and other areas of need on campus, you support every student and everything they'll experience during their time at Messiah -- from study abroad programs to student-faculty research to service and missions trips impacting the community, your gift makes Messiah's Christ-centered, academically rigorous education possible for our students.

Your gifts make a difference

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The Messiah Fund supplements tuition for 100% of the student body.

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Campus improvements, student-faculty research, service & mission trips, and new facilities are all made possible by donor support.

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98% of Messiah University students receive some form of scholarship aid.

Fundraising Priorities

Gifts to all campus designations programs make a difference in the lives of our students. However, the giving opportunities below represent the areas of greatest need at Messiah.

Student Scholarships

Academic
and Student Life

Student and Faculty
Development

Ways to give

In addition to one-time gifts, there are many different ways for you to make your gift supporting Messiah University students.

Planned and leadership gifts

By including Messiah University in your will or other deferred gift arrangement, you will play an important part, along with other members of the Heritage Society, in educating future generations of servant leaders through your stewardship plans. Some ways to help leave your legacy on campus through planned gifts are:

  • Estate Planning Gifts
  • Bequest Provisions
  • Qualified Retirement Plan
  • Living Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuities

recurring gifts

Create a plan whether monthly, yearly, or whatever is convenient of giving to Messiah:

employee payroll deductions

Employees can give by contributing to the university by withholding a percentage of their payroll as a gift to Messiah. Click to enroll in payroll deduction for the first time or edit an existing payroll deduction.

gifts of assets

Here is a short list of some gifts of assets accepted by Messiah:

  • Appreciated Stock/Securities
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Property
  • Life Insurance Policy

For more information about any of these types of gifts, click to contact Robert Brown, Senior Director of Charitable Services

Thanks for your help!

We extend our deepest gratitude for your faithful support of Messiah's mission. Your generous giving impacts our students as they develop their skills and passions to serve and lead beyond Messiah's campus.

Transforming Lives

Marianne Ramirez Gomez
Psychology ‘19

“As a first-generation college student in the United States, I would possibly not be here if it was not for the scholarships and donations I have received. I have been able to see God's hand at work as a recipient of the generosity of people who are hoping and willing to make a difference in the life of a student who is striving to make an impact in this world.”

Chloe Dickson
History ‘20

“I originally wanted to attend Messiah because I desired a campus environment that would help transition me into adulthood, including an education that pushed and strengthened my faith. Eventually, I was able to attend because of the scholarships they gave me, something I will always be grateful for.”

Ian Tan
English ‘19

“Coming from Malaysia, I wasn’t sure how I was going to afford coming to university in the States, but I was really drawn to Messiah University by the excellent academics offered, spiritual integrity, and the different opportunities they had, especially for international students. Because of Messiah’s generosity, I received several scholarships that have now allowed me to attend Messiah!”

Raad Khan
Business Administration ‘19

“When I applied to Messiah, I was overwhelmed by their generosity as I wasn’t sure how I was going to afford all the expenses myself coming from Bangladesh. Messiah has given me so many opportunities not only academically, but also through their various extracurricular activities/clubs that make it easy to get involved.”

Kelly Webber
English ‘19

“Messiah’s giving has enabled me with so many life changing opportunities. Besides the opportunities it has given me on campus, the biggest opportunity I was given was my semester long cross-cultural to Rwanda. Financial aid and scholarships helped me afford for this trip to which I am exceedingly grateful. My time there was so inspiring and one of the best experiences of my life!”

Ethan Wong
Computer Science ‘20

“Because of Messiah’s generosity, I am able to afford pursuing a computer science major in America at an incredible school where I also have more opportunities than I would have back in Malaysia, such as the Collaboratory where everyone is so eager to help others in need and teaches you to apply your knowledge to the real world.”

Eve Harbison
Communication and Sociology/Anthropology ‘19

“Messiah has so many different ways to get involved on campus, and I know that many of these would not be possible without the generous donations that we receive. Additionally, without the funds Messiah receives from donors, I would not be able to attend Messiah. Messiah's community and support has been instrumental in helping me grow into the person I want to be.”

Kendra Sommers
Politics and International Relations ‘21

“Growing up overseas as a missionary kid, this only added to the worry about choosing a college, not easily being able to visit colleges in America and finances was always a concern. During the admission process, I was impressed by how much I felt wanted by Messiah, and they were very generous in accommodating to my financial needs. Now at Messiah, I feel confident in knowing that this is where I am meant to be.”