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Graduate student scholarships

Graduate student scholarships

Messiah University DPT Fall 2023 Cohort Scholarship

Messiah University realizes the impact that COVID-19 continues to have on some students and families and has established a scholarship for all students who start our DPT cohort in the fall of 2023. This is a non-need-based scholarship of $4,000 and will automatically be applied over the eight semesters of the program ($500 per semester). This scholarship aid is “stackable” and able to be combined with additional Messiah scholarship opportunities for which students may qualify.

Alumni scholarship
Messiah University alumni will receive an additional $250 per semester (i.e., $750 per semester), for a total scholarship amount of $6,000 over the full course of their program.

Harry & Nancy Preis Endowed Scholarship

In recognition of the demand for highly skilled ethical and compassionate nurses, therapists and healthcare providers, the dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies awards scholarships to students pursuing a graduate degree in nursing or the applied health sciences (occupational therapy or physical therapy). Awards shall be made to a student(s) based on the recommendations of their respective faculty. Preference will be given to students who exemplify servant-leadership, who demonstrate financial need and who are not receiving tuition reimbursement from their employer.

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student in the nursing, occupational therapy or physical therapy program.
    • Nursing students must have completed four or more courses in their curricular plan of graduate nursing study at Messiah University.
    • First year graduate applied health students (occupational therapy or physical therapy) who have completed their first semester.
  • Submit a completed application by March 1st
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a Messiah University graduate faculty.
  • Complete a FAFSA form prior to application.
  • Be registered for courses in the Spring semester.
  • Grant permission for the dean to view academic transcript to assess scholastic ability

Amount: Amount varies and is not a cash award. Scholarship will be applied directly to the recipients’ tuition bill for the upcoming academic year.

Deadline: March 1, 2023 for 2023-2024 scholarships.

Contact: School of Graduate & Professional Studies, gradschool@messiah.edu

  1. The dean will equally distribute the award between selected students in all programs based on demonstrated academic excellence, strong moral character and financial need.
  2. Applications for the award will be made available to graduate students in late fall each year.
  3. Applicants must be a graduate student in the nursing, occupational therapy, or physical therapy program.
    • Nursing students must have completed four or more courses in their curricular plan of graduate nursing study at Messiah University.
    • Applied health students (occupational therapy, or physical therapy) must be in their first year of study.
  4. Recipients will receive scholarship funds to apply to subsequent academic year’s tuition (split equally over fall, spring and summer).
  5. Must have positive recommendations from faculty
  6. The recipients will be featured in Nursing News, School of Graduate and Professional Studies’ social media and Messiah University websites.
  7. Recipients will be presented with framed certificates.
  8. Nancy Preis and Bill Geisel will be invited to the presentation of the award to recipients.

Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Endowed DPT Scholarship

Graduate students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program who have successfully completed the first semester of the DPT program and who demonstrate financial need may apply for this scholarship. Individuals with diverse cultural, racial and experiential backgrounds, as well as non-traditional applicants, are given preference. Students must demonstrate dedication to the PT profession, ethical leadership and professional interpersonal skills.

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in their first year of study.
  • Submit a completed application by March 1st 
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from graduate faculty.
  • Complete a FAFSA form prior to application.
  • Be registered for courses in the Spring semester.
  • Grant permission for the dean to view academic transcript to assess scholastic ability.

Amount: Amount varies and is not a cash award. Scholarship will be applied directly to the recipients’ tuition bill for the upcoming academic year.

Deadline: March 1st, 2023, for 2023-2024 scholarships

Contact: School of Graduate & Professional Studies, gradschool@messiah.edu

  1. The dean determines the number of scholarships to be granted based on the quality of the applicant pool and the value of the endowment.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
  3. Applicants must have successfully completed the first semester of the DPT Program
  4. Individuals from diverse cultural, racial, and experiential backgrounds, as well as non-traditional applicants, are given preference.
  5. Students must demonstrate dedication to the PT profession, ethical leadership and professional interpersonal skills.
  6. Applications for the award will be made available to graduate students in late fall each year.
  7. Recipients will receive scholarship funds to apply to subsequent academic year’s tuition (split equally over fall, spring and summer).
  8. Must have positive recommendations from faculty
  9. The recipients will be featured on the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Social Media and Messiah University websites.
  10. Recipients will be presented with a framed certificate.
  11. The Ortenzio Family will be invited to the presentation of the award to recipients.

Mary Ann and Jack Mihok Scholarship

Mary Ann Mihok retired as an associate professor of dietetics in 2004 after 23 years of dedicated and faithful teaching at Messiah College.  During her tenure at Messiah College, she served as the director of the College’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - accredited dietetics program.  She also served in various leadership positions, including the dietetic educator representative to the Pennsylvania Breastfeeding Coalition.  The Mary Ann and Jack Mihok Scholarship supports a Messiah University Nutrition and Dietetics student who is in her/his last year of undergraduate nutrition and dietetics coursework and is planning to pursue the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist credential after graduation.  Students apply for this scholarship the spring semester prior to the year in which the scholarship will be applied. The award is based on academic ability, evidence of a strong work and volunteer ethic, and financial need.   A scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded in spring 2022 to be applied to tuition during the 2022-23 academic year.

Applicants must:

  • Be a full time student with senior status at Messiah University.
  • Plan to pursue the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist credential after graduation at Messiah University.
  • Submit a completed application by March 1st
  • Complete a FAFSA form prior to application for the upcoming academic year
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 at the time of application.

Amount: Amount varies and is not a cash award. Scholarship will be applied directly to the recipients’ tuition bill for the upcoming academic year.

Deadline: March 1st, 2023, for 2023-2024 scholarships

Contact: School of Graduate & Professional Studies, gradschool@messiah.edu

The application will request the following:

  • Your permission for the dean to view academic transcript to assess scholastic ability.
  • A short statement of financial need.
  • An essay (max 1,000 words) that describes your professional goals and discusses how your work and volunteer experiences have helped to prepare you for your career.  Preference will be given to applicants whose essays show evidence of commitment to community service.
  • A letter of recommendation. The recommender should be a professional in the health care field who has been a supervisor in a practicum, internship, or paid position which in some way relates to the Nutrition and Dietetics profession; or a professor (other than Dr. Porto or Professor Gill).  The letter of recommendation should address how long the writer has known and worked with the student and in what capacity.  The student’s potential for success in the Nutrition and Dietetics field should be discussed and documented.
  • A resume showing details on your employment, volunteer activities and extracurricular activities while in college.

 

Soccer Shots Applied Health Sciences Scholarship

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This Scholarship was established by Soccer Shots (Harrisburg/York) with the goal to provide financial assistance to Soccer Shots (Harrisburg/York) employees who are Messiah University graduate and graduate-bound students in the applied health sciences (occupational therapy and physical therapy).

Recipients of this fund shall be selected through the committee(s) or individuals generally charged with awarding financial aid to students at Messiah University.

Applicants must:

  • Be full-time Messiah University students in one of the following programs: graduate physical therapy, graduate occupational therapy, undergraduate juniors and seniors in either an early assurance or accelerated physical therapy or occupational therapy program.
  • Be coaching during the season of the term that the scholarship is awarded and coaching for a winter or summer season that either preceeds or succeeds the term that their scholarship was awarded.  This will be verified by Soccer Shots.
  • Complete an application
    • Granting permission to the dean to view their academic transcript to assess academic ability and standing.
    • Essay demonstrating the applicant's dedication to servant leadership and their local community while reflecting on how Soccer Shots has impacted their growth.
    • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member that addresses the applicant's academic ability.
    • Demonstrated and documented financial need via a completed FAFSA.

Amount: The award amount varies and it is not a cash award. Scholarship will be applied directly to the recipients' tuition bill for the upcoming academic year. Up to five recipients may be awarded for each of the two awards per year. Recipients are eligible for additional scholarships.

Deadline: The award is granted two times a year; application deadlines are as follows: July 1 for fall semester awards and December 1 for spring semester awards.

Contact: Alex Crenshaw, director of enrollment, school of graduate and professional studies, acrenshaw@messiah.edu