Scholarships and Research

Scholarship Information

Complete applications for the scholarships offered through the School of Science, Engineering and Health. 

Each of these scholarships has strict requirements as specified by the donors.  Read the proposal criteria carefully so as to choose a scholarship/fellowship program for which your proposed project would be a good match. 

Dr. Ray Crist Scholarship  

The scholarship is in honor of Dr. Ray Crist.  Dr. Crist taught numbers of Messiah students the art and methodology of scientific research. Students from Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry Departments or Nutrition and Dietetics majors are invited to submit research proposals for this Scholarship.  Research settings may include Summer Research, Senior Research, Department or College Honors, or non-Messiah research environments.  All proposals must be sponsored by a Messiah faculty member. The scholarship may be granted at $500 a semester for academic year work, or $440 a week for summer work.

Application Form


Paul and Elaine Wengert Endowment for Humanitarian Service Award

Established by Dr. and Mrs. Wengert in June 2005 to support student participation in cross-cultural, humanitarian service intended to relieve human physical suffering. Any student majoring in a discipline of the School of Science, Engineering and Health is eligible to apply for competitive funding for as much as $2,500 to participate in a qualifying project. Such projects must focus primarily on providing for basic life-sustaining needs such as adequate medical care, food, shelter, clean water, sanitation, etc. Students are required to propose projects in collaboration with reputable agencies/institutions with ongoing initiatives that match the student’s interest. Proposals must include a letter of support from the collaborating agency. In most cases, service projects should be planned for summer 2024.

Application Form


Steinbrecher Undergraduate Summer Research Program

This endowment was established by Dr. Leroy and Mrs. Eunice Steinbrecher in 2003 to support collaborative experimental research between students and faculty. These research experiences are essential to our School’s efforts to offer premier undergraduate health and science programs.


  • Project that is experimental and collaborative in nature
  • Applicant with a cumulative major GPA of at least 2.7
  • Applicants must have a major in the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, or Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science, or be part of the pre-med program and working under the direction of a faculty member from one of these departments. 

Some preference will be given to:

  • Projects involving more than one student and more than one mentor (i.e., multiple laboratories)
  • Applicants with a cumulative major GPA of at least 3.5
  • Applicants with greater financial need as determined by the Messiah University Financial Aid Office
  • Applicants who are Midwest residents as specified by the U.S. Census Bureau (OH, IN, IL, MI, WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, ND, SD)
  • First-time applicants 

Application Form


Gary and Sylvia Emberger Research Scholarship

The Gary and Sylvia Emberger Research Scholarship provides support for a current full-time sophomore, junior or senior in the Department of Biological Sciences or a Nutrition and Dietetics major in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science. Application for this award occurs during the spring semester.

Application Form


Mary Ann and Jack Mihok Scholarship (Nutrition and Dietetics Majors only)

The Mary Ann and Jack Mihok Scholarship provides support for a Messiah University nutrition and dietetics major who intends to pursue the RD/RDN credential after graduation by attending the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics/Dietetic internship at Messiah University.  Application for this award occurs during the spring semester of the senior year.  Details about this scholarship can be found on the graduate scholarship page.


Undergraduate Research Information

Undergraduate Research Presentation from Accepted Student Preview Day