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Honors Program Scholarships

The Honors Program exemplifies Messiah University's commitment to academic excellence and fostering an intellectually rigorous Christian world view.

The Honors Program is designed for students who demonstrate high scholarly ability early in their academic career. The program provides a series of interdisciplinary honors courses which satisfy selected general education requirements. Participation in the program culminates in an honors research project, typically during the senior year. In addition, various campus activities are designed each semester for participants in the Honors Program.

Admission to the program is highly competitive and students selected for the Honors Program receive either full tuition (Trustees') or partial tuition (President's or Faculty) scholarships. There are three different levels of Honors Program Scholarships that can be earned and all require participation in the Honors Program.

To qualify, a student must complete the Messiah University application process prior to February 1. Students who submit test scores with their application, and have a combination of SAT, ACT or CLT scores as well as a cumulative high school GPA that falls within the parameters of the following chart, will automatically receive an invitation to interview for the Honors Program. Test-optional applicants will be holistically reviewed by a committee on a case-by-case basis to qualify.

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an Honors Program Scholarship Day as part of the interview process throughout the fall and winter seasons. Recipients of these premier scholarships will be selected by a committee from a pool of first-year applicants and notified of decisions in March once all interviews are completed.

*These scholarships may not be combined with any other Messiah University premier scholarships.

**These scholarships are not available to transfer students or students starting in the spring semester.

chart of eligibility for scholarships

 

Do you have questions about the Honors Program and your eligibility to be invited for an interview?

Ask your admissions counselor.

 

Trustees' Scholarship

Four (4) scholarships are awarded each academic year to entering first-year students who have already demonstrated truly exceptional scholarship, leadership, and Christian character. 

  • The amount is equal to 100 percent of the student's first year tuition costs and is frozen at that amount for the duration of the student's academic career 
  • This scholarship replaces the Provost’s Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance
  • Trustees' Scholarships are renewable to the recipient for three (3) subsequent years at Messiah University — frozen at an amount equal to 100 percent of that student's first year tuition cost
  • To be eligible for scholarship renewal, the student must maintain a 3.3 cumulative grade point average for the first academic year and a 3.6 grade point average over two consecutive semesters of each succeeding academic year.

President's Scholarship

About 70 President’s scholarships are awarded each academic year to entering first-year students who have already demonstrated truly exceptional scholarship, leadership, and Christian character.

  • Each student selected for this award receives a $5,000 scholarship that is combined with the Provost's Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance 
  • President's Scholarships are renewable to the recipient for three (3) subsequent years at Messiah University
  • To be eligible for scholarship renewal, the recipient must maintain a 3.2 grade point average for the first academic year and a 3.4 grade point average each following year. The grade point average is calculated on a cumulative basis for the fall and spring semesters each year

Faculty Scholarship

Over 40 scholarships are awarded each academic year to entering first-year students who have already demonstrated truly exceptional scholarship, leadership, and Christian character.

  • Each student selected for this award receives a $1,500 scholarship that is combined with the Provost's Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance
  • Faculty Scholarships are renewable to the recipient for three (3) subsequent years at Messiah University
  • To be eligible for scholarship renewal, the recipient must maintain a 3.2 grade point average for the first academic year and a 3.4 grade point average each following year. The grade point average is calculated on a cumulative basis for the fall and spring semesters each year

 

Distinguished Scholar Award

Distinguished scholar awards are awarded each academic year to entering first-year students who have already demonstrated truly exceptional scholarship, leadership and Christian character. This award is given to students who interview for the Honor’s Program but are not selected to participate.

  • Each student selected for this award receives a $1,000 scholarship that is combined with the Provost's Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance
  • This award replaces the Dean’s Scholarship if it has already been awarded on a financial aid package
  • Students who receive the Distinguished Scholar Award are not eligible for participation in the Honors Program
  • Distinguished Scholar Awards are renewable to the recipient for three (3) subsequent years at Messiah University
  • To be eligible for scholarship renewal, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress