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Students in MU’s Summit program can earn a B.A. and M.Div. in five years

Multnomah University is launching Summit, a five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity program that reduces the time and cost traditionally spent on the individual degrees. “Summit is an opportunity for people to get into ministry sooner,” says Roy Andrews, dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary. “It’s five years of your time — not seven — and costs about 30 percent less than it would to take the programs separately.” The savings amount to $41,000, and that’s before scholarships are added.

Summit will target high-achieving high school seniors who aspire to be church leaders. Some students will receive full-tuition scholarships covering the undergraduate portion of the program. The scholarships are primarily designed for recent high school graduates, although transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Additional scholarships are available for Summit students who don’t receive full-tuition scholarships.


Andrews says anyone may join the program as long as they’re prepared for the academic rigor and intensive training. “Summit’s program director will help potential students figure out if they’re called to pursue ministry,” says Andrews. “Then they’ll discern if students are ready for the program. Some students might not have thought about it and just need to be exposed to it. But it’s not about arm wrestling them into it; it’s about introducing ideas.”

Besides MU’s standard admission requirements, eligible students will need a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and an additional reference letter from a church leader. “We want to affirm from their church’s perspective that they’re a good candidate,” Andrews says.

Once students jump into the program, they’ll be immersed in classes, service learning, mentored ministry and internships. “All these things are ingredients in the recipe for making people prepared for full-time ministry,” says Andrews. “Our students will get a lot of guided practical application. Though we’re condensing two programs, we won’t sacrifice the quality of either.”
Summit students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology before earning a Master of Divinity. To remain enrolled, they must maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all character and activity requirements for the program.


Andrews is confident Multnomah’s option will stand out from other five-year B.A./M.Div. programs. “Some products look the same on the shelf, but when you see how they’re produced, you realize they’re different,” he says. “The other programs do a fine job educating people. But we give great attention to the Word of God, and it’s part of MU’s ethos to hold in tension the two commandments of Christ: loving God and loving your neighbor. With a thankful heart, we think we’re the best at doing that.”

Summit will launch in fall 2015 thanks to a $565,000 grant from The Kern Family Foundation, an independent grant-making organization based in Waukesha, Wis. The foundation, which funds broad-impact, long-term programs, is committed to promoting strong pastoral leadership and educational excellence.

The grant will be used to support a program director, student scholarships and marketing efforts.

“The Kerns are passionate about getting young people into ministry faster with little to no debt,” says Andrews. “Summit graduates won’t be bound to the indebtedness that prevents many from getting into vocational ministry. We do have a responsibility to help these students, so this is a great gift.”

Learn more about Summit.

Constitution Day 2012

Comments Off Written on September 17th, 2012 by
Categories: Chapel, Financial Aid, General, Pray For MU
Constitution Day 2012

Every year, as a part of the requirements for dispersing Federal financial aid to students, Multnomah must observe Constitution Day. Some years we hold panel discussions or a gathering around the flagpole in front of Sutcliffe Hall. This year students and faculty will be gathering in the Prayer Chapel for a time of prayer for the nation.

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First Education Majors Graduate

First Education Majors Graduate

The following is adapted from a monthly letter sent in June 2011 to donors and friends of Multnomah.

May, with its wonderful commencement celebration, is the most exciting — and the busiest — month of the year for Multnomah University.

It’s when we witness the fruit of our labors, 200 graduates, cross the stage to receive their diplomas and our congratulations. It’s when we replay the stories of the quiet yet relentless grace of God in the lives of malleable students who will extend our mission and vision.

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Dr. Dan Video – Alumni, Scholarships, and Your Legacy

Dr. Dan Video – Alumni, Scholarships, and Your Legacy

Quotes from the Video

This spring, we will be hosting an event here on campus called the Student Aid Banquet where we will be celebrating what God has done and is doing in the lives of our students. We will have students give their testimonies and describe how God brought them to Multnomah and tell about what He is doing in their individual lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Chapel Highlights Legacy Day

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Categories: Alumni, Chapel, Dr. Lockwood, Financial Aid, General, Students
Chapel Highlights Legacy Day

Celebrating the Legacy!

On Monday February 28, 2011, we will celebrate a day dedicated to bringing awareness to students about the part they play in continuing the Multnomah Legacy. Many students who are currently enrolled at Multnomah do not realize that 20% of their tuition is paid for by the generosity of our alumni and donors. We highlight this day as a special time for students to recognize that someday Read the rest of this entry »

Financial Aid Letter From 1953

Comments Off Written on October 8th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Financial Aid

An alum sent us his old financial aid award letter for our records. It's amazing that he's kept it this long. We found it as interesting as he thought we would, so we're just going to post it here for all to enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

A Memory Of Financial Aid Blessings

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Categories: Alumni, Financial Aid, General

Recently, an alum sent us some encouragement regarding our efforts to always improve how we deal with student financial aid.


A few years ago, I was reminded about the wonderful blessing I received from the Student Aid fund in 1969.  I put that experience in writing and I have attached it to this email.  I hope it will be a blessing to you also. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 Constitution Day At Multnomah

Here's a post from 2008 about Consitution Day at Multnomah.

Church and State

Making Sense of the Establishment and Freedom Clauses

Every year we are required by law to do an activity in honor of Constitution Day. In the past, we have held “Prayer at the Flagpole” and have prayed for our nation, but this year we are doing something different. Instead, on September 17 (today for most of you), Multnomah will be hosting a panel discussion on two of the most important and yet, most debated portions of the U.S. Constitution: the Establishment Clause and the Freedom of Religion Clause. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuition Free Day – Thank You!

Comments Off Written on May 5th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Financial Aid, Students

A BIG “Thank You!” to all Multnomah alumni and donors!

Your giving and prayers are such an integral part of the legacy and continuing work of Multnomah University. We love celebrating YOU!

What Is It?

On Tuesday, April 13, 2010 the Advancement and Alumni Departments had an opportunity to share with Multnomah’s student body what we call our student aid gap (the funds making up the difference of what it cost to educate a student at Multnomah and the amount they actually pay for Tuition) at our first annual “Tuition Free Day” celebration. We celebrated the generosity of our alumni and donors with cake, decorations, music, and give-aways. Freshman Jason Mulkin won the big doorprize – a GPS (special thank you to Fred Meyer Stores for their contribution)!

Last year, 2,160 alumni and friends of Multnomah gave to the Student Aid fund. What a blessing to each and every current Multnomah student! Thank you!

The Event Slideshow

Students Volunteer At Aid Banquet

Comments Off Written on March 26th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Financial Aid, General, Students

This is a follow-up post to the 2010 Student Aid Banquet.

March 6 AJ Volunteers 1Over the years of having our Student Aid Banquets, we've been really blessed to have so many students volunteer. Without their help, the donors would not have as good a time and the night would not be possible! Some of the tasks they help out with include:

  • Setting up the day before
  • Greeting and welcoming guests
  • Personally escorting them to the registration table
  • Assisting them in the parking lot
  • Sharing their story with donors
  • Coat check
  • Ushering to seats
  • Gathering Multnomah materials after banquet
  • Bringing materials back to Multnomah and unloaded van

Student Organized

This year Bible College Junior AJ Elzinga (3rd from left, image above) recruited 16 fellow students to volunteer at our Student Aid Banquet on March 6th.  AJ did this last year and it was a huge hit.  They all came on time, dressed "to the nines", had a lot of fun, and really connected with our donors. Donors commented afterwards how nice it was to be greeted and assisted by students.

Here's what AJ had to say about why he got involved:

“It is important for student volunteers to help with the Student Aid Banquet because it provides us with an opportunity to be servants to our school. Multnomah has blessed each and every one of us by providing a quality Biblical education that we will use for the rest of our lives. I believe that we are blessed to be a blessing and that we can help our school raise support for future students to be blessed by simply giving some of our time to show donors what Multnomah is really all about: raising up and sending out servant leaders in the image of Jesus. Growing up in the midst of a generation that struggles deeply with cynicism, and a negative attitude towards authority after being burned so many times, it is a privilege to support the leadership of our school and to demonstrate the difference that Multnomah has made in each of our lives."

Thank you for your kind words, AJ. And thank YOU to all of the students who chipped in - you are truly a huge reason why we do what we do!