Benevolence fund

Graduate Student Benevolence Fund

Messiah’s Graduate Student Benevolence Fund provides assistance to a current graduate student experiencing a crisis or hardship. Potential recipients may be nominated by any Messiah employee, student or through self-nomination. Funds will be distributed through the recipient’s student financial account upon the determination that financial assistance will be granted.

 Criteria for nomination

  • Nomination must be for a current graduate student at Messiah.
  • Assistance for basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing/utilities, medical assistance and/or transportation will be given priority.
  • Financial assistance will be limited to one transaction per student.
  • Documentation of need may be requested.


To nominate another student or yourself, email Julie Gomboc-Hellam, Director of Student Services and Compliance, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, at with the following information:

  • Name and program of the student
  • Paragraph describing in as much detail as possible the emergency or hardship that has fallen upon the student
  • Suggested assistance                                                                        

The director will meet with the committee to review and discuss the nomination. A member of the committee will contact the student to inform them of the assistance upon the distribution of funds into the student’s account.