The Brightside: Local woman gives back to her Alma Mater

WORCESTER Co., Md. – A local woman who experienced great success after graduating from Salisbury University is now looking to give back.

Kimmerly Messick, known as the “Furniture Queen” is an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Messick was the owner of a successful furniture store called Bethany Resort Furnishings and she had a number of other retail locations in the Ocean City and lower Delaware areas. Recently, Messick decided to retire.

Messick said, “I sold my company like a year and a half ago.”

Messick decided she wanted to do good with the money that she made from that sale.

Messick said, “Keeping money local to me is a good thing.”

Messick donated $250,000 to Salisbury University to establish the Kimmerly Messick Scholarship.

“I wanted a scholarship to follow someone through from start to finish,” she said.

The Kimmerly Messick Scholarship provides $5,000-$10,000 per recipient each semester, renewable for up to eight semesters.

Messick prefers that recipients of her scholarship be a resident of either Worcester or Wicomico County, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better and have entrepreneurial interest.

Right now, Messick is helping two students.

Messick said, “I ended up picking a junior and a senior, Devin and Ronny, who have become great friends. Devin and Ronny have split this year and then next year, Devin gets it all.”

Messick tells us she too received scholarships when she was in school.

“I was given small scholarships from the Elks Lodge from the Moose Lodge,” she said.

Officials with Salisbury University say scholarships like Messick’s can be crucial for some students.

Amy Luppens, a Director of Development at Salisbury University said, “These students, some of them are working multiple jobs and trying to balance 18 credits. It can be very challenging.”

According to Salisbury University, Messick created her scholarship as part of “We Are SU: The Campaign for Salisbury University” where they are trying to raise $75 million to support things like scholarships.

Right now, Messick is working to get other members of the local business community to donate money to the University.

Messick said, “This community is so giving, very giving and they answer the phone when I call.”

And answer the phone, they did. While we were with Messick, she called up the owner of Sunsations, Avi Sibony, and got him to donate $10,000 to the University so another student can receive a scholarship.

Messick says she just hopes the students she’s helping will turn around and give back to others in the same way she did one day in the future.

If you would like to donate money to the University, or you are a student who would like to apply to get a scholarship, you can do that by logging on to Salisbury.edu.

And answer the phone, they did. While we were with Messick, she called up the owner of Sunsations, Avi Sibony, and got him to donate $10,000 to the University so another student can receive a scholarship.

Messick says she just hopes the students she’s helping will turn around and give back to others in the same way she did one day in the future.

If you would like to donate money to the University, or you are a student who would like to apply to get a scholarship, you can do that by logging on to Salisbury.edu.

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