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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. 

 

For fall 2020 and spring 2021

First-year students:

  • Combinations of SAT or ACT or CLT score and high school GPA
  • $13,500 - $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
  • $12,000 - $14,000 based upon cumulative college GPA (3.0 GPA required)

For spring 2020

First-year students:

  • Combinations of SAT or ACT or CLT score and high school GPA
  • $12,500 - $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
  • $11,500 - $13,500 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 or spring start students and do not combine with any other institutional merit aid awards, except for the Provost's Award
  • All recipients of these scholarships will participate in the College Honors Program
  • Qualification for these scholarships is determined by a combination of SAT, ACT or CLT scores and high school GPA. To determine eligibility, see messiah.edu/honorsscholarships
  • Students must complete the Messiah College application process by February 17 to be considered
  • Attendance at an Honors Scholarship Day is required: December 9, January 17 or 24, February 7 or 24
  • 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 $1,000 renewable scholarship that is combined with the Provost's Scholarship, which is awarded upon acceptance - about 30 awards each year

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  • 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. 17
  • Attendance at a Multicultural Scholarship Day is required: Feb.14 or 28
  • These scholarships are not available to international or spring start students and do not combine with any other institutional merit aid awards, except for the Provost's Award or the Messiah University Scholarship
  • 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 $5,000 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 $2,500 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 Award. Recipients of these scholarships may also qualify for need-based financial aid. Not available for spring start students.

Vollmer Scholarship for the Arts

Description

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 School of the Arts departmental websites for details.

Shaffer-Goodling Scholarship for the Arts

Description

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 School of the Arts departmental websites for details.

Dean's Scholarship for the Arts

Description

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 School of the Arts departmental websites for details.

These scholarships do not combine with any other institutional merit aid awards, except for the Provost's Award. Recipients of these scholarships may also qualify for need-based financial aid. Not available to spring start students.

Description

Applications will be considered through February 17, with scholarship decisions being made in March. Students are encouraged to apply when they hear of their acceptance to the College. See School of Humanities website for details.

Amount

At least 10 $1,000 renewable awards given yearly to new or transfer students majoring in the Humanities.

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  • $8,000 renewable scholarship awarded to qualified students based on application materials

  • The Messiah College Scholarship and the Provost's Scholarship cannot be combined

  • First-year and transfer students are eligible

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 College 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 College Scholarship.

Broader scholarship opportunities

Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students

Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students are awarded to current Messiah College students who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders in specific activities while attending Messiah College. Applications for Dean’s Scholarships for Continuing Students are available in the Financial Aid Office in the lower level of Old Main 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 College.
  2. Must have completed at least 30 credit hours of work at Messiah College.
  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 College 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/Martin’s Scholar
  • Vollmer Scholarship
  • R. H. Flowers Scholarship

The application deadline is May 15.

 

Provost's Scholarships for Continuing Students

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

Twenty $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 (awarded as a new student)
    • Trustees' Scholarship for Excellence
    • President’s Scholarship for College Honors
    • Lloyd and Lois Martin Multicultural Scholarship
    • Martin’s Scholar
    • R. H. Flowers Scholarship
    • Vollmer Scholarship
  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Must have completed 30 credit hours or more at Messiah College to be considered.

If more than twenty Messiah College 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.

Messiah College has a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to gender, race, color, disability, and national or ethnic origin.