In response to a rise in the number of alumni who are sending their children to The Master’s University, TMU has committed more than $8 million to its Alumni Scholarship over the next four years.
The scholarship is awarded annually to new students whose parents hold a degree from TMU, The Master’s College, Los Angeles Baptist College, or The Master’s Seminary.
Dariu Dumitru, vice president of enrollment and marketing at TMU, said he is thrilled to see more legacy students enrolling at the University.
“It continues a legacy of faithfulness throughout their families and here on campus,” Dumitru says. “These are families that had traditions and experiences at TMU, and we want to continue those traditions and experiences through their children, through multiple generations. It’s a blessing and a joy to have parents who were blessed by their experience here pour back into the University, and for us to have the opportunity to pour into their kids through these scholarships.”
The Alumni Scholarship offers children of alumni $5,000 per year in financial aid — and with $8 million committed to these scholarships alone over the next four years, funds will be available for roughly 400 students total each year.
In addition to benefitting alumni and their families, Dumitru hopes that these scholarship funds further propel alumni referrals. He says that recommending the University to prospective students is one of the best ways alumni can invest in TMU.
“Alumni know and understand the importance of The Master’s University,” he says. “They’ve experienced that firsthand, they understand what a unique institution TMU really is, and they know best who should be coming to the school. They want to maintain the integrity, the mission, and the momentum of everything that the University is doing, which they’ve benefited from.”
Referrals extend far beyond the children of alumni, too. Every year, TMU alumni refer their friends, relatives, and people in their churches and ministries to the University. Over the past five years, the number of these alumni referrals has increased by more than 15%, and Dumitru wants to see that number climb even higher.
“When someone from TMU says to a high school student, ‘You should go to TMU,’ that phrase is very powerful,” Dumitru says. “It’s meaningful, and it doesn’t cost you anything. And it benefits that student, because you know that everything they’re going to experience here is uncompromisingly committed to Christ and Scripture — from academics to student life and athletics.”
Kaelyn Peay is TMU’s communications and public relations writer.
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