The founders of the University; Father Boniface Hardin, O.S.B., an African American Benedictine Priest; and Sister Jane Schilling; a white nun and member of the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph created Martin, a special place for learning. In its early days it was called the "haven of hope". It was and still is dedicated to providing higher education for people marginalized by society. Poor people of color and others in the midst of inner city barriers to academic success are welcome.
It began as the Martin Center in 1969, evolving into Martin College in 1977 and in 1990, Martin University.
The mission has always been service to people in need, the ones marginalized by society. Martin's philosophy is that higher education must be made available to all who can benefit.
Help us to continue the dream of the Founders and help us preserve the hope for future Martin students.
40 for 40 Endowment
Large funded endowment where the donated principle is invested in perpetuity and the interest is awarded yearly. The minimum amount required for this endowment is $40,000.
Scholarships funded yearly that are not invested, temporarily restricted and that are awarded in total in the year received. This scholarship is named for the donor. Annual scholarships are named at donated levels of $10,000 or more.
Charitable Donation Scholarships
One-time charitable donations that are temporarily restricted for scholarship use. These scholarships are awarded in the year received. These scholarships are named at donated levels of $2,000 or more.
The construction of new facilities, classrooms, and labs are vital to making a high quality education available to students, meeting the needs of employers for the 21st century.
With a planned gift to Martin University as part of your estate plans, you can leave a legacy, contributing to the education of students for generations.
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
Martin University accepts one-time gifts to honor loved ones. Donations can be designated to a specific scholarship or capital gift. For gifts of $10,000 or more, donations can be made to the Martin University Endowment Scholarship.
Book and/or Supplies Scholarship
Charitable donations made to support need based scholarships, assisting students with the purchase of books and/or supplies. These scholarships are awarded in the year received.
As a private, non-profit institution, Martin University receives no direct support from the state or federal government. Contributions to Martin University are tax deductible as allowed by law and no administrative costs are deducted from gifts to cover administrative expenses. This means 100% of your gift supports student scholarships, programs, and capital projects.