Advancement Office

Mercyhurst Prep is an extraordinary educational community. We pride ourselves on offering students Unparalleled Preparation for Life and happily boast of our many alumni successes around the globe. The Laker family, both past and present, is committed to continuing its rich tradition as the top destination for learning in the Erie region.

At Mercyhurst Prep we are always deeply grateful and impressed with the generosity of our Laker community. As a result of your philanthropic support, we are able to offer a cutting edge education enhanced by the latest technology and enriched by music, arts and athletic programs that are second to none.

There are many ways to support Laker Life, and we respectfully ask you to consider Mercyhurst Prep a priority in your charitable giving. By investing in your Laker family, you are paving the way for the more than 50% of our students who attend with the help of scholarships and financial aid to attend the region’s top school.

Unfortunately, financial hardships often stand in the way of deserving students attending Mercyhurst Prep. If you are an alumnus, or if you have children who have attended MPS, you already know the tremendous impact this outstanding Mercy education can have on a Lakers’ life.

As part of the Laker Advocate Program, you partner with a student to give him or her an advantage in life that will surely impact their future. You can choose to be identified with your student or remain anonymous. You can also receive reports on their grades.

Please consider helping a rising MPS senior be part of a life-changing service project.  This summer 24 students from Mercyhurst Prep will travel to Baltimore, Maryland to feed the hungry and care for the city’s underprivileged children under the auspices of Catholic Services.  This trip has been beneficial to those being served, and incredibly meaningful for those serving.  Indeed, a true ministry and partnership has grown from this unique opportunity. 
The Aura Scholarship 2.0 is the continuation of a very successful program that has provided full financial support (tuition, books, and fees) for the four-year education of ten young Latina women, one incoming freshman per year. The recipients were selected from eligible applicants through an interview process. The scholarship gets its name from one of the original donors whose mother was named Aura.
A lasting gift in our MPS Courtyard is a legacy to honor or memorialize your Mercyhurst Prep/Mercyhurst Seminary connection. Funds raised in this effort go into the MP Fund, which provides scholarships/financial aid to an increasing number of deserving students.
Your donations to Dollars for Scholars provide financial aid and scholarship to students most in need of financial assistance.  More than 60% of our students receive some form of financial aid, academic, or arts scholarship.
The Laker Memory Square Tile Project leaves a lasting legacy to honor or memorialize your Mercyhurst Prep or Mercyhurst Seminary connection. Funds raised in this effort go into the MP Fund, which provides scholarships/financial aid to an increasing number of deserving students.

Each memory square is a 4.25” x 4.25” personalized ceramic tile displayed inside the Athletic Center entrance in the Great Hall of Fame outside the gym. Acknowledge a friend, loved one, club, team, fellow student, event, accomplishment, organization, yourself…or simply show your support for MPS. Buy extra tiles for display in your home, office, or to give as gifts. Each extra tile comes with a free easel stand.

Passing Laker Life on to a student who could benefit from a Mercyhurst Prep education through the Mercyhurst Prep Fund is one of the best ways you can help change young lives. The MP Fund provides scholarships, financial aid and vital programs to make an outstanding Mercy education available to an increasing number of deserving students.
Many donors like to support a specific program area of interest like creative arts, athletics, technology, library, clubs, or faculty salaries. Assisting with operational expenses or capital needs enables MPS to provide students with an outstanding education and unparalleled preparation for life.
You can add to an established scholarship or create one in honor of, or in memory of a particular individual, graduating class, or cause. A fund of $25,000 or more can become endowed. This allows the scholarship to live on virtually forever, with the scholarship award generated from the interest earned.
Mercyhurst Prep’s legacy of academic excellence and cutting edge learning will span nine decades in 2016. Behind the walls of our c.1964 building is a 21st-century education that has so far prepared 9,000 Lakers for life beyond our campus. It is time to upgrade our school facilities to reflect our modern approach to educating tomorrow’s leaders. After home and school, these new facilities are designed to represent a “Third Place” for our students, faculty and entire Laker community.
These are “win-win” opportunities for PA businesses and MPS! Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit program (OSTC) allow you to redirect your PA state business tax dollars from Harrisburg to MPS to designate for MPS scholarships. With recent changes in legislation, most businesses qualify.
Please consider providing an incoming freshman the life-changing opportunity to become a Performing Arts Laker. Become a Patron and help increase Mercyhurst Prep Performing Arts Scholarships for Dance, Theatre & Music.

Patron Levels:

  • $25 MPS Green Room
  • $100 MPS Curtain Call
  • $500 MPS Director
  • $1,000 MPS Broadway
*Each patron level is for a one year membership.
These non-traditional, creative gift giving opportunities can help secure the school’s future.
  • Bequests
  • Insurance
  • Property/Stocks/Bonds
  • Trust & Annuities
In this way, the quality education and strong ethical influence that provide guidance to MPS students can be assured for generations to come. We encourage you to discuss these opportunities with your financial advisor to see which works best for you.
I wanted to leave it to places that were important to me. That had to be MPS – it was one of the great loves of my life.
Susie DiPlacido Shickler, MPS ‘74