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Scholarships for Graduate Students

Supporting your graduate education


Missouri State offers a number of University funded and donor-funded scholarships tailored for students pursuing a graduate education.

Your scholarship application must be received by the deadline specified for each scholarship description for consideration. In general, the application deadline for fall applicants is March 1, and the deadline for spring applicants is October 1. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships cannot be combined.

Missouri State offers two general types of scholarships:

MSU institutionally funded scholarships

These scholarships are funded by MSU. See below for scholarship criteria, application information and deadlines.

Available University funded scholarships for graduate students

Need-Based Scholarship for Graduate Students

Value

$1,000 per semester. Total potential value is $3,000.

Number available

50 per year (spring, summer, and fall semesters combined)

Application

           Fall semester: June 1
           Spring semester: November 15
           Summer session: April 1
  • Must have a FAFSA on file for the current academic year at the time of application. Applicants who are currently attending another university as an undergraduate must provide a Student Aid Report for the current academic year at the time of application.
  • Summer and fall admits must also submit a FAFSA to MSU for the upcoming academic year.

Selection criteria

To qualify, students must: 

  • Be admitted to and enrolled at least half-time (5 credit hours in fall or spring; 3 credit hours in summer) in a graduate program within one year of receiving a bachelor’s degree (e.g., students who graduate in May must enroll in a graduate program the following summer, fall, or spring semester);
  • Have qualified for a Pell Grant during their final year as an undergraduate;
  • Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the semester of their initial enrollment in a graduate program showing an EFC that would qualify for Pell if enrolled as an undergraduate; and,  
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average (either overall or on the last 60 credit hours) of at least 3.25.

If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of scholarships available, preference will be given to MSU graduates.  Further selections, if needed, will be made by a selection committee appointed by the Graduate College Office and based on a combination of grade point average, need, and other factors. 

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed for the two semesters immediately following the initial semester of enrollment (three semesters total). Summer session is included; thus, students who start in the spring may receive it the following summer and fall and students who start in the fall may receive it the following spring and summer. Unused portions may not be carried forward to a future semester.

To renew, students must complete at least five credit hours each fall or spring semester that they receive the scholarship (three credit hours for summer) and maintain a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Additional information

This scholarship cannot be combined with a graduate assistanship or other University scholarships, with the exception of the out-of-state fee waivers.

Graduate Scholarship for Enhancing Diversity*

Value

$1000 per semester

Number available

Up to 15, with up to five reserved for eligible graduate students pursuing degrees/certificates in teacher education

Application

A diverse graduate student population benefits all students, enhancing cultural competence by embracing differences. The ideal candidate for this scholarship can contribute to increased multicultural awareness on campus through his/her life experiences demonstrating the ability to overcome adversity.

The application must include the following:

  • The Graduate Scholarship for Enhancing Diversity Application
  • Current résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation (sent by their authors)
  • Letter of interest, including why you believe that you are well qualified for this scholarship, and summarizing your career goals and relevant experiences, significant accomplishments, and unusual academic opportunities. Have you experienced, observed, or fought against discrimination and oppression socially, legally, politically, educationally and/or socio-economically? How will you contribute to diversity on campus? (two page limit)

Completed applications must be received in the Graduate College by April 1. All materials, except letters of recommendation, should be received at the same time.

Applications can be submitted via email to GraduateCollege@MissouriState.edu (with a subject line of "Diversity Scholarship"), or by mail to the Graduate College, Carrington Hall 306, 901 S. National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897.

Selection criteria

  • Have an undergraduate degree from a US college/university recognized by Missouri State University
  • Be admitted into a graduate program by the application date and enrolled in courses for this program by the start of classes
  • Have an undergraduate GPA (total or last 60 credit hours) of 3.0 or a graduate GPA (at least nine credit hours) of 3.0
  • Take at least six credit hours per semester, except final semester if fewer are needed

Additional information

Scholarships can be renewed for a maximum of 4 semesters for degree-seeking students (2 semesters for certificate students), and can be used in fall, spring or summer semesters. Recipients can be student employees on campus, but cannot hold a graduate assistantship or full-time position.

*Here, diversity includes both individual differences (e.g. personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g. race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, and cultural/political/religious affiliations) that will add to the service and/or pursuit of learning.

Continue the Tradition Program

Value

A full waiver of out-of-state fees (current value is approximately $4,446 per year for a student taking 18 credit hours).

Number available

Varies

Application

Apply for admission and submit the Continue the Tradition Application. While there is no application deadline, students are encouraged to apply early to be considered for scholarships which do have deadlines.

Selection criteria

Student must be the child or grandchild of a Missouri State graduate.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. The Continue the Tradition Program is renewable for one additional year. To renew, a recipient must complete 18 Missouri State graduate credit hours per year and maintain a cumulative Missouri State grade point average of 2.00 or higher.

Additional information

This waiver can be combined with any of the scholarships shown here that do not already provide a waiver of out-of-state fees. 

Midwest Student Exchange Program

Value

The value is a full waiver of out-of-state fees for the academic year (fall and spring). Current value is approximately $4,446 per year for a student taking 18 credit hours.

Number available

Varies (see above)

Application

No application is required. Eligible students will be identified based on their admission application credentials. While there is no application deadline, students are encouraged to apply early to be considered for scholarships which do have deadlines.

Selection criteria

Graduate students whose legal residence is Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin may qualify if they have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 and are formally admitted to a graduate degree program.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. The Midwest Student Exchange Program is renewable for one additional year. To renew, a recipient must complete 18 Missouri State credit hours per year and maintain a cumulative Missouri State grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

Additional information

This award cannot be combined with other out-of-state waivers or graduate assistant stipends. This award is not available during the summer semester.

Basil and JoAnn Boritzki Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the availability of funding.  Two scholarships are awarded annually - one to a female applicant and one to a male applicant.  Scholarships are awarded in equal value to the two recipients each year.  Scholarships are generally $1,000 each, and are always awarded in $1,000 increments.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students can apply using the Graduate College Scholarship Application, which is specifically for donor-funded scholarships available through the Graduate College.  That application is available on the Scholarship Manager Application system from June 1 to September 15 for scholarships being awarded that academic year.  Students can also apply in the preceding Spring Semester by submitting the General and Departmental Scholarship Application, which is available from November 1 - March 1.

Selection criteria

Two awards of equal value will be awarded to a male and a female.  Awards should be made in increments of $1,000.  Awards should go to full-time graduate students that have an intention to enter the teaching field in a public institution.  Student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. 

Additional information

Full-time is defined as nine semester hours of graduate credit for non-graduate assistants or six semester hours of graduate credit for graduate assistants. 

Aileen and Keith Ford Scholarship

Value

Scholarship values vary depending on the availability of funding.  Generally, a single scholarship valued between $1000 - $2000 is awarded each year.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students can apply using the Graduate College Scholarship Application, which is specifically for donor-funded scholarships available through the Graduate College.  That application is available on the Scholarship Manager Application system from June 1 to September 15 for scholarships being awarded that academic year.  Students can also apply in the preceding Spring Semester by submitting the General and Departmental Scholarship Application, which is available from November 1 - March 1.

Selection criteria

Given to a first-year Missouri State graduate student that got their undergraduate degree at Missouri State University.  The award will be based on performance at the undergraduate level of study, academic potential to successfully complete the program in which the applicant is enrolled, leadership qualities, personal maturity, and motivation.  The scholarship recipient must be enrolled in at least 9 hours each semester, and the scholarship is not renewable.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

MOGO Scholarship

Value

The value of this scholarship is three-fourths of the non-resident graduate student fees for nine credit hours (five credit hours in the summer). For the 2013-14 academic year, the value is $1,667.25 for fall and spring semesters and $926.25 in the summer. The scholarship amount will be adjusted annually when the Missouri State University Board of Governors approves changes to the student fee schedule.

Number available

Varies (see above)

Application

No application is required. Once a student meets the eligibility criteria, the scholarship will automatically be offered.

Selection criteria

This scholarship is available to students admitted into an eligible graduate program. You must be considered a non-resident of Missouri for fee purposes; have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25; have official scores from the GRE, GMAT or MAT on file with the Missouri State University Graduate College; and be enrolled as a full-time graduate student, taking at least nine graduate credit hours during the fall and during the spring semester, or five graduate credit hours during the summer. More information about the scholarship and eligible graduate programs is provided on the MOGO page.

Additional information

The MOGO Scholarship cannot be combined with other forms of University aid, including scholarships, graduate assistantships, or fee waivers.

Graduate Assistantship

Value

A minimum stipend of $8,160 for the 2013-14 academic year (nine months) and, in a few situations, a stipend $9,928 may be awarded. A stipend of either $2,040 or $2,482 will be awarded to a graduate assistant for a summer appointment.

Number available

Varies by department

Application

To apply for a graduate assistantship, you must submit an application directly to the department in which the assistantship is sought. It is wise to check with the department before applying to determine if any additional information is requested. Applications are available online or at the Graduate College, located in Carrington Hall 306. Information requested from an applicant includes employment, academic history and the listing  of references.

Selection criteria

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, you must:

  • Be admitted to a graduate program at Missouri State
  • Hold a minimum GPA of 3.00 for your last 60 hours of undergraduate cumulative course work for first-time graduate students or for your graduate cumulative course work (minimum nine hours)
  • Complete the department or unit’s application process

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. 

Additional information

Students who receive graduate assistantships are also eligible to receive fee-waiver scholarships if their appointment PAFs are received in the Graduate College by September 15 for the fall semester and February 15 for the spring semester.

Other Renewal Criteria

You must maintain a 3.00 GPA to continue eligibility. Additionally, you must complete a minimum of six hours of graduate course work at the 600-level or above during each semester of appointment to maintain your eligibility. If you are a summer graduate assistant, you must complete a minimum of three hours of graduate course work during the summer session. However, full-time student status requires a minimum enrollment of nine hours during each fall and spring semester. Some departments or units may require you to take more than six hours of course work.

Length of Appointment

A student in a master’s degree program may hold an assistantship for a maximum of two years (including fall, spring, and summer), and a student admitted to a certificate program may hold an assistantship for two semesters. A student is eligible for a third year of assistantship support if he or she has completed all requirements for a master’s degree (has graduated) and has been admitted to a second master’s degree or a graduate certificate program. Also, a student in a doctoral program is eligible for a third year of assistantship support. Graduate assistants are not eligible to work at any other paid position at Missouri State University during the time of their assistantship.