Mercyhurst University

Scholarships and Restricted Giving

Scholarship Giving

Mercyhurst University administers a large and diverse collection of scholarships that provide assistance every year to undergraduate and graduate students. These scholarships are made possible by the many dedicated supporters of Mercyhurst - all who exhibit a belief in the university’s mission. Their generosity has truly enhanced educational opportunities for our students.

Currently, Mercyhurst University has nearly 150 endowed/restricted scholarships available to award to eligible students. These scholarships have specific selection requirements and eligibility requirements. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships when submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.)

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed funds differ from others in that they are truly the gift that keeps giving. These awards are based on earnings available during a fiscal year.

Instead of the entire amount of the gift being spent outright, the total amount of the gift is invested. Each year, only a portion of the invested income earned is spent while the remainder is added to the original principal. An endowment is a perpetual gift because only the interest is used to support the University while the principle continuously grows.

Endowed scholarships provide substantial tuition assistance for Mercyhurst students each year, thereby assuring their ability to grow intellectually, spiritually, and in service to others.

Restricted Scholarships

Restricted scholarship awards are based on donor contributions during a fiscal year. Restricted Scholarships are donations given directly to fund scholarships without the preservation of the original gift principal. These funds are expended as directed by the donor. Selection criteria for these scholarships may vary, but generally awards are based on need and academic achievement.

Make an Online Gift

In our global community, it is easy to see how the importance of higher education will continue to increase in the coming years. For students attending Mercyhurst University, achieving this level of education means an ever increasing reliance on scholarships.

Please consider creating an endowment for Mercyhurst University, or supporting an existing scholarship fund. These scholarships provide a permanent and personal way for you to make a difference in the life of a Mercyhurst University student. Visit our giving page to make a contribution today.

Make an Online Gift

For more information on scholarship funds, please contact Courtney Olevnik at

Restricted Giving

Gifts to Mercyhurst University can also be restricted and designated for specific use at the request of the donor. Whether your gift is designated to a team, academic program, or specific scholarship, all gifts to Mercyhurst make a difference in the lives of our students. To designate your gift, use the 'designation' field on the online giving website. If mailing your gift, simply note the 'designation' in the memo field. If you have questions about making a gift to a specific designation or want more information on what designations are available, please contact us at 814-824-2241 or

Make an Online Gift

Designations include:

  • Gifts to a specific academic program
  • Gifts to a specific athletic team
  • Gifts to the Emergency Book Fund, used to help students in need purchase textbooks
  • Gifts to the library, for book and database purchases