Annual gifts to the Carpe Diem Fund from alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends provide a vital source of revenue for university operations. Annual gifts, which are received and spent in the same year, go to work immediately to support the best of Mercyhurst — quality academics, student scholarships, outstanding faculty, facilities, and distinctive opportunities such as study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and leadership opportunities.

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Mercyhurst’s fiscal year operates from June 1 to May 31. In addition, strong alumni participation in annual giving is a valuable measure of Mercyhurst pride and satisfaction. It is also a factor in college rankings and the amount of financial support the university receives from foundations. 

You can make your gift to any of the following areas support by the Carpe Diem Fund:

Area of Greatest Need

Allows Mercyhurst to use that gift where the need is greatest. Such gifts may be used to help fund additional faculty, new technology for classrooms, or helping a student study abroad.


Allows Mercyhurst to create competitive financial aid offers for prospective students through current-use scholarships and financial aid opportunities.

Academics and The Library

Allows Mercyhurst to offer cutting-edge and innovative academic programs and provides support for the collections and electronic resources in Mercyhurst’s Hammermill Library


Allows Mercyhurst to support our 25 varsity athletic teams and nearly 1,000 student-athletes who work hard on the field and in the classroom to represent Mercyhurst.

Catholic and Mercy Mission

Allows Mercyhurst to promote and exemplify the foundation and traditions established by the Sisters of Mercy, which are at the core of the institution's mission.

Contact the Advancement Team 

Meaghan Hubert '16 '18M
Director of Alumni Engagement & Operations
Debbie Morton
Director, Public Relations and Executive Communications
Cindy Procopio
Coordinator, Advancement and Mission
Brooke Martone
Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives
Rachel Marshall
Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives
Peyton Jackson
Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives
Leigh Ann Newman
Faculty Research and Grants Compliance Officer