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New scholarship named after beloved professor

Multnomah University is adding a new scholarship named after Distinguished Professor Emeritus David Needham, who taught at MU for 44 years. The David C. Needham Scholarship is being made possible by a generous donation from two Multnomah alumni — a married couple who wish to remain anonymous.

A heart for missions

The couple, who met at Multnomah in the 1960s, was struck by Needham’s humble style of teaching and tender heart for students. They have a deep appreciation for the friendship they’ve cultured with Needham and his wife Mary Jo for the past 45 years. By providing a scholarship under Needham’s name, they hope to celebrate their former teacher while blessing current students who feel called to missionary work.

“We are pleased to be giving this scholarship to students who have a heart for missions, particularly unreached peoples and East Africa,” they said.

After serving as missionaries in the Mexicali Valley for 15 years, the couple began developing ministries in Tanzania and East Africa — an adventure they have been committed to for the past 20 years.

Transforming forces in the world

Needham-SizedNeedham was thrilled to receive the news of the scholarship. “I was happily amazed when I heard about it,” he said. “This scholarship is helping MU fulfill its mission — equipping students to become transforming forces in the world.”

The price of a college education is high, Needham added, but he thinks the new scholarship will be a big encouragement to students who want to serve.

“I hope that Multnomah will accomplish its goal of teaching them to live the Christian life and share it with others,” he said. “I hope that they will have the proficiency to share the Gospel with people around the world, and I hope that this scholarship will continue to grow year by year.”

A gift from David Needham

Since Needham’s retirement from Multnomah in 2008, he has kept busy teaching adult classes at his church and writing. He has published four books, including “Close To His Majesty,” which he is offering to the Multnomah community for free.

In lieu of payment, we invite you to consider giving a gift to a student through the David C. Needham Scholarship. Visit our donation page to contribute any amount you choose.

Download your free copy of “Close To His Majesty.”

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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Hey Kids! Help Find Mitch The Lion!

Comments Off Written on April 30th, 2009 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Programs

Have you ever played "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?"

Well, perhaps you should try out:

"Where in the World is the Multnomah Lion?"

Mitch the Lion needs your help to solve the case of the Missing Sphinx's Nose!

Yes, It's a FREE event!

  • Hosted by the MAT/Teacher Education Department
  • Put on by the EDU 506 - Cultural Competency class
  • Designed to be an exercise in teaching and learning about multicultural issues
  • Free refreshments
  • Free pictures with Multnomah's mascot "Mitch the Lion"

Sign Up or Learn More


  • Ms. Chris Piper in the Teacher's Education Department
  • 503.251.6439
  • Names and ages of children attending
  • Your contact name and phone number

You can also look at our Master Calendar

(Little known fact: The MU Lion athletics mascot is named "Mitch the Lion" after our founder, Dr. John Mitchell.)