Financial Aid

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!

2010 Student Aid Banquet = Blessings!

2 comments Written on March 24th, 2010 by
Categories: Alumni, Financial Aid, General, Students

As many of you know, a not-for-profit institution of higher education (like Multnomah) does not subsist on tuition revenue alone. Another significant area of operational income is provided by donors who believe in the mission that God has placed before Multnomah. These donors want to see Multnomah students graduate and use their gifts and education to advance the kingdom of God. Many of these donors are alumni, some are companies or foundations, but most are friends of the institution who have been faithful for many years. 

Banquet_banner2010 Student Aid Banquet Stats

  • 436 Donors Attended
  • 16 Students Volunteered
  • $131,462 in Student Aid raised!

Annual Student Aid Banquet

Aside from the many other ways that donors support Multnomah students, one of the most popular is the Annual Student Aid Banquet held at venues in Portland, Oregon every March. This year, following the theme of Dr. Lockwood's President's Annual Report, we were "Moving Forward, Building Momentum". There were great speakers, student testimonials, a video, student-led music, and a fantastic dinner which was paid for ahead of time by still more donors!

What this means is that 100% of the proceeds from the Banquet go directly to Student Aid!

The funds don't go for the electric bill, employee salaries, building costs, or anything other than a fund specifically set aside to lower the cost of attending Multnomah.

Keeping Multnomah Tuition Low  

  • Many people don't know this, but it costs Multnomah about $19,202 to educate one student.
  • Tuition and Fees paid by students only cover an average of $14,642
  • This means that there is a "Student Need Gap" of approximately $4,560 that has to be filled in by donors who know that students going in to ministry can not afford higher tuition.

Rejoice with us and remember to thank a donor if you know one - without them, providing a Multnomah education would not be possible.

 One More Thing

We would be remiss if we did a post about giving to student aid, and then didn't show you our online giving tool!


The Inside Scoop On Wheel Of Fortune

Comments Off Written on March 10th, 2010 by
Categories: Financial Aid, General, Media

Here is an email we received from Frankie Everett after her time at the taping of her Wheel of Fortune appearance that is happening Thursday 3/11 @ 7:30 pm on KATU 2 (Portland) ABC...but check your local listings.

So, below is the history of how it all started, and I have attached a few pictures from the only place on the premises we were allowed to take photos (after the taping was done)… those are cardboard cutouts of Pat and Vanna.

WOF1Taping Wheel, Recruiting Students!

The day started early as we had to take the shuttle to the studio by 7:30.  We were greeted with another shuttle to take us to the warehouse where they do the taping.  We got our makeup done early and just hung out in the audience until it was our turn to be on stage.  Oh, and the stage – so tiny! It doesn’t look near the size it is on TV.  I met a bunch of people who will also be airing their show the same week.  One lady is a pastor’s wife from Canada, who actually knows of Multnomah!  I also sat with a teacher from Arizona and met her husband and kids after the show (she hung out to see how I did)… you know, after we were allowed to talk to our guests.  My friends Rob Fox (MU alum) and Laura  took the trip to cheer me on in L.A.  After I was done taping, there was a guy in the audience that came up to introduce himself to me.  He is a student at PSU, and thinking about coming to MU, so I gave him my card and a little shout-out for why MU is a great place to be.


Making a Commercial

We got the chance to tape a commercial for our local station, so watch for that if it airs.  We also got a chance to practice spinning the wheel, and we met Charlie, the voice behind the prize descriptions.  Pretty surreal to listen to his voice and watch him talk at the same time.  There was a group of junior high kids there that day touring the studio, it was so fun to watch them go around on the stage and get to touch the wheel.

Um, A Different Kind of "Taping"

Oh, and the prizes on the wheel… attached with double-sided tape!  Pretty funny – after all these years, they still don’t do anything fancy to attach them.  We taped 6 shows that day – and Pat and Vanna go back behind the puzzle board and change in between each one.  When it was our turn to tape, we had our makeup touched up in between each puzzle, and a bubbly contestant crewmember would give us a pep talk about smiling a lot and being smart with spinning and using vowels.  Lots of direction, and voices, and stand up taller, smile, clap, etc.!

Viewing Party

You are invited to join us in the JCA Commuter Center on Thursday to watch with Frankie and her family and celebrate with them. The show begins at 7:30 and only lasts until 8:00 but we would love to have as many of you there as can join us and squeeze in the Commuter Center!

Look Who’s On Wheel of Fortune!

Comments Off Written on March 5th, 2010 by
Categories: Financial Aid, General, Media

FrankieFor those of you that haven’t heard, our Assistant Director of Financial Aid Frankie Everett will be appearing on an episode of “Wheel of Fortune” this next week!

Watch It

  • Thursday
  • March 11th
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • ABC (KATU-Channel 2).

wheelAfter auditioning in Lincoln City, OR this last fall, Frankie was chosen as a contestant and flew to Los Angeles, CA to tape her episode in December 2009. She hasn’t been able to tell us much about how she did so we are very anxious to watch on Thursday!

Viewing Party

You are invited to join us in the JCA Commuter Center on Thursday to watch with Frankie and her family and celebrate with them. The show begins at 7:30 and only lasts until 8:00 but we would love to have as many of you there as can join us and squeeze in the Commuter Center!

The producers of “Wheel of Fortune” have notified KATU that we will be having an event on campus so they might even send a crew out to film us (then we can all get our 15 seconds of fame!) celebrating with her.

Does Your College Job Pay $250 an Hour?

2 comments Written on January 15th, 2010 by
Categories: Financial Aid, Students

Today's guest post features some sound advice from a Multnomah student about how to easily raise funds for your college education. What's the best part? She has the college funding to back up her advice!


My name is Kaitlyn Reidt and I’m a junior majoring in elementary education.  My search for scholarships started my senior year of high school and it has been really beneficial to me.  I didn’t want to have to take out loans to pay for school so I applied for scholarships and have received $21,100 in funds since I started Multnomah.  Scholarships are worth the work and they are money that doesn’t need to be paid back! I’m going to give you a few tips about where to look for scholarships and what criteria most scholarships look for in applicants.

Sources for Scholarships

Sources for scholarships range anywhere from the internet to businesses to private funds.  Some internet sites that I have found useful are:

  • - this site has you fill out a profile and sends scholarship applications your way that you meet the criteria for.
  • - this site is similar to fastweb and can direct you to other sites with scholarship availability.

Beyond the internet, a student can look at local businesses in the area.  Some restaurants have scholarships, insurance agencies have them, churches usually want to fund students attending a Bible College, and another good place to look would be with organizations such as the VFW or the Masons.

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarships are usually quite specific on the type of applicant they want to receive their funds.  I have found that several things listed on scholarship applications ask for the same type of materials, so I have provided you with a list of the most common criteria for a scholarship applicant.

  • Character-the scholarship committees want to know that you are a trustworthy and worthy applicant, so you need to illustrate to some degree the type of character that you possess.
  • Scholastic Ability-GPA does factor into applications for scholarships.  It is not the only thing that is looked at, but it does often decide whether a person is eligible to apply for a scholarship or not.  But don’t fear! Not all scholarships have a minimum GPA for their applicants.
  • Community Service/Campus Involvement-scholarship committees are looking for well-rounded applicants.  It is important that you are involved in your community with volunteer activities.  You can help at your church, volunteer for a non-profit organization, or be a part of a club at your school.  The more activities the better! Scholarship committees want students who are involved not only in school, but the community as well.
  • Essays-There are usually 2-4 essay questions on scholarship applications that ask questions like, “What do you want to do when you graduate,” “What types of community service activities have you been involved in,” and other personal questions.  These are considered heavily, so it is important that correct grammar and spelling be used in these.

$250 an Hour? Really?

Scholarship applications take anywhere from 1 hour to 10 hours.  They may seem time consuming, but think about taking 2 hours to apply for a $500 scholarship. You just made $250 an hour! I’d say that’s a time investment well worth it.  If you have any questions or want help with scholarships, e-mail me at