Imagine Hands-On Learning

Imagine Emily
exploring the world

“I study Spanish education at Millersville University; therefore, during my study abroad experience, it was vital for me to focus on being immersed in the language and practice through real life experiences. I studied Spanish literature, morphology, pragmatics, and history of the language. There was no better way to improve my Spanish skills than to live surrounded by the language and culture.”

Emily Bland ’20

Imagine unique, hands-on learning experiences

“Scholarships are taking the financial pressure off of myself and my family—allowing me to focus on my coursework and my education. Plus, through the McIlwaine Master Class, I had the unique opportunity to perform for a world renowned concert pianist and hear his critiques of my playing. This experience is something that I would not have had otherwise and is a unique and valuable part of my education.”

Tyler Smith ’19

Campaign Priority:
Student Learning Experiences

Encourage greater participation in quality student learning experiences to further academic engagement and practical understanding of classroom study.

At Millersville, there are many opportunities for Student Learning Experiences including Internships, Undergraduate Research, Global Education and Living-Learning Communities. Each of these areas of focus ensure that students contribute positively to contemporary and future workplaces and communities.

Proven outcomes for Student Learning Experiences include greater connectivity to the University, higher academic achievement, advanced analytical and writing skills and greater preparedness for employment and global citizenship. Additionally, studies have confirmed that these high impact practices boost overall retention and graduation rates

of lower-income and first-generation students. Increased private funding for these hands-on learning opportunities will ensure that Millersville students participate in research activities, gain first-hand work experiences and explore the world.


Academic credit-bearing internship scholarships provide critical funds for students to participate in an internship for credit. Internships are an important part of the undergraduate experience at Millersville as they allow students to explore their field, make important connections with employers and gain first-hand work experience. However, internship participation can be challenging for students as some are unable to pay the required tuition to receive credit.

Global Education

Studying abroad is a unique and impactful experience for college students that affords personal growth, insights and understandings that are increasingly important in our global society. Global Education at Millersville partners with universities and academic program providers around the world to offer international internships, student teaching abroad, research collaboration and professional training. Millersville University students, whether fluent in a foreign language or English only, may study abroad in nearly every country worldwide for a summer, a semester or an academic year.

Undergraduate Research

From archeological digs to working in labs, Undergraduate Research provides Millersville students with one-on-one or group interactions with faculty in a quasi- professional setting. For many students, these scholarly activities provide access to the most meaningful opportunities of their college careers. Funding for Student Learning Experiences will provide talent grants to allow students to recover costs for research or serve as a stipend to allow students to focus on their work.

Living-Learning Communities

Growing in popularity in higher education, Living-Learning Communities connect specific groups of students together through a common interest for guest lecturers, field trips, excursions and co-curricular activities. By involving Millersville’s resident students in Living-Learning Communities, the student classroom and residence hall experience becomes formally integrated—enhancing the educational experience. Current examples of Living-Learning Communities at the University include the Honors College, Art & Music, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences.

Imagine Kyra researching in the lab and competing on the field

“While participating in undergraduate research in the chemistry lab, I’m helping to make compounds that no one has ever made before. Then, while competing on the field, Marauder Athletics is helping to make me who I am.”

Kyra Brakefield ’20