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Graduate student scholarships

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 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.
  • 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 2020 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, 2020, for 2020-2021 scholarships

Contact: Dr. Rob Pepper, assistant provost/dean of the School of Graduate Studies, rpepper@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 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.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from graduate faculty.
  • Complete a FAFSA form prior to application.
  • Be registered for courses in the Spring 2020 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, 2020, for 2020-2021 scholarships

Contact: Dr. Rob Pepper, assistant provost/dean of the School of Graduate Studies, rpepper@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 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.