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Messiah University scholarships

Messiah University offers many scholarships to help you meet the cost of attendance. Some scholarships are offered to incoming students; some to continuing students.  Some are based on need; some are based on merit. 

Please note that total institutional aid may not exceed 100% of tuition. 

For spring 2023

First-year students:

  • TEST SUBMITTERS: Combinations of SAT or ACT or CLT score and high school GPA
  • TEST OPTIONAL: Combination of high school GPA, difficulty of curriculum (e.g., college prep), and student performance (e.g., grades in core courses)
  • $14,000 - $15,000 (2.8 GPA freshman year and 3.0 GPA following years), unlimited number of awards each year

Transfer students:

  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • $12,500 - $14,500 based upon cumulative college GPA (3.0 GPA required)

For fall 2023 and spring 2024

First-year students:

  • TEST SUBMITTERS: Combinations of SAT or ACT or CLT score and high school GPA
  • TEST OPTIONAL: Combination of high school GPA, difficulty of curriculum (e.g., college prep), and student performance (e.g., grades in core courses)
  • $14,000 - $16,000 (2.8 GPA freshman year and 3.0 GPA following years), unlimited number of awards each year

Transfer students:

  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • $13,000 - $15,000 based upon cumulative college GPA (3.0 GPA required)

The Messiah University Scholarship and the Provost's Scholarship cannot be combined.

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  • These scholarships are not available to transfer students and do not combine with any other institutional merit aid awards, except for the Provost's Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship (for students entering in 2023-24)
  • All recipients of these scholarships will participate in the Honors Program
  • Qualification for these scholarships is determined by a combination of SAT, ACT or CLT scores and high school GPA for students who submit test scores with their application. All other applicants will be holistically reviewed by a committee and invited to interview for the Honors Program on a case-by-case basis. To determine eligibility, see messiah.edu/honorsscholarships
  • Students must complete the Messiah University application process by Feb. 1 to be considered
  • Participation in an Honors Scholarship interview is required
  • Recipients of these scholarships may also qualify for need-based financial aid

Trustees' Scholarship
Full tuition locked at first-year amount, 4 awards each year

President's Scholarship
Each student selected for this award receives a $5,000 renewable scholarship that is combined with the Provost's Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance - about 70 awards each year

Faculty Scholarship
Each student selected for this award receives a $1,500 renewable scholarship that is combined with the Provost's Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance - about 40 awards each year

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  • These scholarships are not available to international students and do not combine with any other institutional merit aid awards, except for the Provost's Scholarship or the Messiah University Scholarship, and the Dean's Scholarship (for students entering in 2023-24)
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents only
  • Transfer and first-year students are eligible
  • All recipients of these scholarships will participate in the Martin Scholars Program or the R.H. Flowers Scholars Program
  • These scholarships are open to all students of color, as well as any students who show a commitment to promoting racial and ethnic diversity and reconciliation
  • Students must complete the Messiah University application process by Feb.1
  • Participation in a Multicultural Scholarship interview is required
  • Recipients of these scholarships may also qualify for need-based financial aid

Lloyd and Lois Martin Multicultural Scholarships
Full tuition locked at first-year amount, four (4) awards each year. Several $5,500 renewable scholarships will be awarded and combined with the Provost's or Messiah University Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance.

Rachel Helen Flowers Multicultural Scholarship
Students selected will receive a $3,000 renewable scholarship that is combined with the Provost’s or Messiah University Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance.

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These scholarships do not combine with any other institutional merit aid awards, except for the Provost's Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarships (for students entering in 2023-24). Recipients of these scholarships may also qualify for need-based financial aid. Not available for spring start students.

Vollmer Scholarship for the Arts

The Daniel Vollmer Scholarships in the Arts are awarded on the basis of talent in music, art, dance or the theatre. In the music department, and in the theatre and dance department, the award is based on the audition for acceptance to the department. For the visual arts, the award is based on a portfolio that must be presented to the department. Please contact these respective departments for information about audition dates, submission dates, and any other requirements for application. The awards are renewable each year provided students exhibit satisfactory academic progress in their area of study and meet any other requirements for the continuation of the award as defined by the respective department.

Amount

Each student selected for this award receives a $5,000 scholarship that is combined with the Provost’s Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance. One half of the award is applied to each semester of an academic year.

See Visual and performing arts departmental websites for details.

Shaffer-Goodling Scholarship for the Arts

The Shaffer-Goodling Scholarship for the Arts is awarded on the basis of talent in the visual arts, dance, theatre, or music based on the portfolio or audition used for acceptance to the department.  Please contact these respective departments for information about audition dates, submission dates, and any other requirements for application. The awards are renewable each year provided students exhibit satisfactory academic progress in their area of study and meet any other requirements for the continuation of the award as defined by the respective department. Recipients are selected from the same pool of applicants for the Vollmer Scholarships.

Amount

Each student selected for this award receives a $2,500 scholarship that is combined with the Provost’s Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance. One half of the award is applied to each semester of an academic year.

See Visual and performing arts departmental websites for details.

Dean's Scholarship for the Arts

The Dean’s Scholarship in the Arts is awarded on the basis of talent in the visual arts, dance, theatre, or music based on the portfolio or audition used for acceptance to the department.  Please contact these respective departments for information about audition dates, submission dates, and any other requirements for application. The awards are renewable each year provided students exhibit satisfactory academic progress in their area of study and meet any other requirements for the continuation of the award as defined by the respective department. Recipients are selected from the same pool of applicants for the Vollmer Scholarships.

Amount

Each student selected for this award receives a $1,000 scholarship that is combined with the Provost’s Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance. One half of the award is applied to each semester of an academic year.

See Visual and performing arts departmental websites for details.

The Messiah University Dean's Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship, renewable for up to four years. For accepted first-year and transfer students entering Messiah during the 2023-24 academic year, this scholarship is awarded for attending an in-person campus visit with the Messiah University Undergraduate Admissions Office prior to May 1, 2023.

To qualify for the scholarship, accepted students may do one of the following:

  • schedule and attend an in-person event or individual campus visit offered by the Undergraduate Admissions Office, OR
  • provide details about a prior in-person campus visit experience with the Messiah University Undergraduate Admissions Office. Details about how to provide information about a prior visit experience will be shared with accepted students via email within two weeks of receiving their admission decision.

For students entering during the 2023-24 academic year, this scholarship combines with most institutional merit aid including the following:

  • Provost's Scholarship or Messiah Scholarship
  • Honors Program scholarships
  • Multicultural Student Program scholarships
  • visual and performing arts scholarships

Please note that the Dean's Scholarship cannot be combined in cases where total institutional aid exceeds 100% of tuition. 

First-year students:

  • $10,000 renewable scholarship awarded to qualified students based on application materials

Transfer students:

  • $10,000 renewable scholarship awarded to qualified students based on application materials

 

The Messiah University Scholarship and the Provost's Scholarship cannot be combined.

The Pathway Partners Program is a unique collaboration between Messiah University and K-12 educational organizations that share Messiah’s commitment to helping mentor students toward deeper intellect, professional competence, personal integrity and mature faith.

Students attending a partner institution are eligible for a $1,000 Pathway Partners Scholarship, renewable for up to four years for a total of $4,000. Scholarship eligibility is determined based on a student’s affiliation with a partner institution at the time of their application and acceptance to Messiah University.

Partner Organizations

  • Christian School Association of Greater Harrisburg
  • Christian School of York
  • Logos Academy

Pathway Partners Scholarships may be combined with other merit scholarships and institutional aid up to full tuition.

Learn more about the Pathway Partners Program on our website.

Alumni of the OneLife Institute who have successfully completed their gap year are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship per year of study at Messiah University. 

The OneLife Scholarship combines with need-based grants and most institutional merit aid including the Provost's Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship (for students entering in 2023-24). The OneLife Scholarship does not combine with Honors Program scholarships, Multicultural Student Program scholarships, or virtual and performing arts scholarships. 

Messiah University agrees to pre-accept the credits that OneLife students earn during the OneLife program, however, completion of the program does not guarantee admission to the applicant's academic program. Candidates are subject to the admissions process as described here www.messiah.edu/applynow

Additionally, children of Messiah University employees are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship if they choose to attend the OneLife Institute Gap-Year Program.

More details can be found here: www.onelifepath.org 

This $1,000 annual scholarship is available for up to four years of study to students who document that they are National Merit Scholarship finalists.  This scholarship can be added to all other Messiah University scholarships the student is eligible to receive.

This scholarship is only available to transfer students.  

The Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship is awarded to transfer students who provide proof of membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Community College National Honor Society. This renewable scholarship is for the amount of $1,000 and may be awarded in addition to the Provost's Scholarship or the Messiah University Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship (for students entering in 2023-24).

Broader scholarship opportunities

Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students

Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students are awarded to current Messiah University students who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders in specific activities while attending Messiah University .

Applications for Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students are available in the Financial Aid Office on the third floor of the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center and can be downloaded from the forms page. (Note: This application is only available during the application period - approximately March 1 through May 15 each year.)

Fifteen $1,500 Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students are awarded each academic year.

The Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students candidate:

  1. Must be a full-time student at Messiah University .
  2. Must have completed at least 30 credit hours of work at Messiah University .
  3. Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.
  4. Need not demonstrate financial need, but financial need will be taken into consideration. 

Since the Deans' Scholarship for Continuing Students is designed to recognize students who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders but are not already the recipient of a leadership scholarship, Messiah University students already receiving one of these academic/leadership scholarships are not eligible to receive Dean's Scholarships for Continuing Students:

  • Trustees' Scholarship
  • President’s Scholarship
  • Lloyd and Lois Martin Multicultural Scholarship
  • Vollmer Scholarship
  • R. H. Flowers Scholarship

The application deadline is May 15.

 

Provost's Scholarships for Continuing Students

Recipients of the Messiah University Provost's Scholarships for Continuing Students will be selected from the fall and spring Dean's Lists from each academic year.

Up to 20 $2,000 Provost's Scholarships for Continuing Students will be awarded each year.

The Provost's Scholarships for Continuing Students candidate:

  • Is required to make the Dean's List two consecutive semesters (fall and spring). The scholarship will be awarded for the following academic year in equal amounts each semester--$1000 each semester.
  • Cannot be a current recipient of:
    • Provost's Scholarship for Academic Achievement (This is the scholarship awarded as a new student which will follow the student through all four years, assuming the minimum GPA requirement is maintained; this scholarship is often referred to as simply the Provost's Scholarship.)
    • Honor's Program Scholarships
    • Lloyd and Lois Martin Multicultural Scholarship
    • R. H. Flowers Scholarship
    • Vollmer Scholarship
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Must have completed 30 credit hours or more at Messiah University to be considered.

If more than twenty Messiah University students meet the above requirements, the Provost's Scholarships for Continuing Students will be awarded to the twenty candidates with the highest cumulative grade point average for the academic year in question.

There is no application for the Provost's Scholarships for Continuing Students. Candidates will be identified from the Dean's List published by the Academic Office.

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