what to support
Support the part of Moravian College that means the most to you! When making your gift, be sure to specify how you would like it to be allocated.
Tuition covers only 80% of the cost of a student’s revolutionary education at Moravian. The remaining 20% comes from generous donors to the many scholarship funds established to support our students. This has been the case since 1742, when Anna Nitschmann spun more wool and gave the proceeds to Benigna to start the school.
Our largest scholarship fund is the Moravian Scholarship Fund (MSF) - an unrestricted source of financial aid for academically qualified students to help make their education affordable. Donations to the MSF are used in the following fiscal year to provide financial aid.
Annual Giving Scholarships were established in the 2012-2013 academic year to provide an additional opportunity for donors to address students’ need for scholarship funds. For $12,500, a donor can create an Annual Giving Scholarship that provides general aid to help support deserving Moravian students. An annual giving scholarship is an immediate way for alumni and friends to help fund a Moravian student’s education.
By establishing an endowed fund, you will make a direct impact on Moravian students for countless future generations. The fund will become a permanent memorial and an ongoing investment in the future of Moravian College and our students.
Endowed scholarship funds are part of the College’s total endowment fund to take advantage of being part of a large pool of investments. Each endowment fund is accounted for as a separate fund within the larger endowment.
- You may establish an unrestricted endowed scholarship fund with a minimum gift of $25,000. The fund can be established either through a single gift or with payments over two to five years.
- You may establish a restricted endowed scholarship fund with a minimum gift of $50,000, either through a single gift or with payments over two to five years. With a restricted fund, you may specify a preference for the type of student or students who will benefit from the scholarship award. Examples include: students with a particular major; and/or from a specific geographic area.
- An endowed scholarship fund may be named for you, a member of your family, or in memory or honor of an individual, and any other appropriate name, e.g. the Class of 1966 Scholarship Fund.
- Additional gifts to an endowed scholarship fund may be made by any person at any time.
- The donor will receive information on the student each year the scholarship is awarded.
- The student will be informed of the name of the donor who made the scholarship possible unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous.
- Both the student and the donor will be invited to attend events celebrating both scholarship recipients and the donors who established the scholarships.
Alumni may choose to honor the memory of classmates by creating a scholarship fund in their name. Some examples include:
- Edward S. Augustine Memorial Scholarship Fund
- Jan R. Golins '72 Endowed Scholarship Fund
- Gregg Lawton McNelis Memorial Scholarship Fund
Members of a particular class year may also join together to support a common purpose, for example:
- Class of 1957 Scholarship Endowment Fund
- Class of 1968 Endowed Internship Fund
- Class of 1975 Scholarship Fund
Rather than creating new scholarships, alumni and friends often contribute to existing scholarships, especially those established to honor distinguished and beloved faculty who have left their mark on the school and its alumni. Past and present professors and administrators for whom endowed scholarships have been established include:
- Robert T. Burcaw, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund
- Rocco Calvo Scholarship Fund
- Bertie Francis Knisely '69 Scholarship Fund
- Jack R. Ridge Science Scholarship Fund
- Bettie M. Smolansky Scholarship Fund
- Christopher M. and Kathy G. Thomforde Scholarship Fund
Why I Give ...
Kendall Martin P '19 supports the Moravian Scholarship Fund because "the combination of a sense of community locally and a sense of place in the larger world has given [my daughter] the chance to grow far beyond what I ever imagined for her. From the start, Moravian stood out to us as a special place in the dedication of the faculty and administration to the students."
Among the goals of Moravian’s Vision 2020 strategic plan is that at least 80% of students will have participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, clinical placement, study abroad program, or independent research project with a faculty member. Many of these opportunities have costs above and beyond regular tuition and fees, and gifts from donors can make a huge difference in students’ ability to take part in them.
Faculty-mentored undergraduate student research is a priority at Moravian and can be carried out through the Honors Program or the Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) Program, among others. SOAR provides stipends, travel allowances, and research expenses to support students and their faculty mentors as they engage in scholarly or creative work across every academic discipline at the college.
The SOAR program began in 1998 with a generous gift from Morris and Karen Bader combined with funds from the College. In 2006, Mrs. Priscilla Payne Hurd established the Ervin J. Rokke Endowment for Student-Faculty Research to honor Dr. Rokke’s service to Moravian as President from 1997 to 2006.
Contributions to the Rokke Endowment, or annual contributions to support the program, will enable Moravian to expand student research opportunities to a larger number of our undergraduates.
Many employers and graduate schools specifically consider internship experiences when they are making decisions on who they will hire for jobs or admit to graduate programs—increasingly such hands-on experiences are expected rather than “nice to have.” Moravian College is also placing greater emphasis on experiential learning as a way for students to put their liberal arts education into practice.
Internships often come with real-world hours—but not real-world compensation. Stipends can help with that, and we have two options to support student interns:
- Alumni Sponsored Internship Stipends are made possible by the generous donations of alumni in an effort to assist current students as they secure internship opportunities.
- Community Based Internship Stipends, sponsored by local corporate partners, provide compensation to Moravian students who complete internships at non-profit organizations in the Lehigh Valley area.
Learning about new cultures and perspectives. Improving language skills. Developing confidence. Impressing employers. Seeing the world. These are just a few of the many benefits of studying abroad, and Moravian is developing new opportunities for students every year.
Moravian wants to provide study abroad experiences for as many of our students as possible, but some struggle with the cost. Gifts to establish scholarships, travel funds, or other support for students studying abroad will make this opportunity a reality for those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.
Gifts for academic programs support excellence in teaching and learning, which have always been at the heart of our identity. We seek to make outstanding academic programs even greater, and to foster innovative new initiatives addressing societal needs and leveraging our assets.
There are many options and needs when it comes to donor support of academic programs. You can designate your gift to an area that has special meaning to you or allow your Academic Program gift to remain unrestricted to service the greatest needs of the department of program.
Program Development: In order to maintain the excellence of our academic programs, they need to be able to develop new courses, purchase new equipment and supplies, and provide exceptional educational opportunities both inside and outside the classroom for our current Hounds.
Faculty Chairs: Moravian faculty are dedicated to the education of their students and are at the center of our challenging, rewarding academic environment. Providing competitive compensation and support allows us to attract and retain exemplary faculty. Endowed chairs are particularly important as we seek to recruit outstanding faculty who will enhance existing programs and spearhead new initiatives.
Instructional Technology: Cutting-edge instructional technology improves learning outcomes and better prepares students for their careers. Moravian seeks funds to acquire and update the latest hardware and software and to educate and encourage faculty as they implement new techniques and tools.
Endowment Funds: Some departments have endowment funds that support their operation and gifts to these funds will support them over the long term. Examples include:
- The Amrhein Modern Language Fund
- Herman E., Sr., and Evelyn S. Collier Endowment Fund (Laboratory equipment)
- Dawn Ketterman Benner Dance Endowment Fund
- Marie J. Woltjen Sickel '54 Memorial Music Fund
- Raymond & Jeanne Mellen Fund for Chemistry
- Alicia Sevilla Endowed Fund for Mathematics
The Moravian College Music Alliance has helped fund and support the educational programs within the Department of Music at Moravian College. Your gifts to the Music Alliance have provided direct support to our music curriculum, as well as enabling us to provide repeat, current, and future programming effectively.
The Moravian College Music Department is more than classes and lessons. It is a vital and integral part of the educational and cultural environment of Moravian offering a myriad of opportunities for enjoyment. View our concert schedule.
Friends of Reeves Library (FORL) is a group dedicated to the library and its growing collection of books, periodicals, archival materials, electronic materials and services and other important scholarly resources for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.
The purpose of the organization is to raise funds to enhance the collections and resources of the library, plan programs and activities that promote the library and its services, and build an advocate program for the library. The Friends’ work is led by an executive committee that includes the library director, other library staff members and representatives from the faculty, staff, and students.
While Division III schools like Moravian do not award athletics scholarships, there are other ways to support Greyhound athletes. View more information about supporting athletics.
Preamble to the NCAA Division III Philosophy Statement
Colleges and universities in Division III place the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.
Moravian College's campus is picturesque. Our green spaces, plentiful trees (we’re a Tree Campus USA!), and mix of new and old buildings evoke warm memories among alumni of all ages.
Alumni will recall studying in Reeves Library, classes in PPHAC or the Dana Lecture Hall, art displays in the H. Paty Eiffe and Payne Galleries, performances in Foy Hall, and a variety of activities in Peter Hall. These are all named for people – alumni and friends whose generosity has memorialized a specific place. In doing so, they’ve ensured those names are part of everyday life at Moravian College.
Many alumni, parents and friends think you can only name a facility under construction – like a new building or addition – but that’s not the case. The Moravian campus offers ample opportunity to commemorate any number of spaces. Whatever your interest or experience at Moravian, there are opportunities to match your name or the name of someone you love with a place that is meaningful to you both. In naming a classroom or a lounge, a practice room or a studio, you will become part of students’ Moravian experience for years to come.
- Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex
- Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences
- H. Paty Eiffe Gallery in the HUB - friends of H. Paty Eiffe
- Amrhein Room in the HUB - Irving S. Amrhein
- Air Products and Chemicals Room in the HUB
- Reeves Library - grandchildren of Jeremiah E. and Jane Rees Reeves
- Zinczenko New Media Center - David Zinczenko
- John Makuvek Field
- Mellon Lecture Hall (Richard King Mellon Foundation)
- Dana Lecture Hall (Charles A. Dana Foundation)
- Payne Gallery - Frank E. and Seba B. Payne
- Foy Concert Hall - Lewis Wilson Foy
- Peter Hall - Lily Peter
- William Randolph Hearst Recital Hall (Hearst Foundations)