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Scholarships for Transfer Students

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The following is a summary of scholarship programs for entering transfer students who enroll full-time at the Springfield campus.

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 transfer students

This policy describes scholarships available to transfer students who enroll at MSU-Springfield during or following the summer semester of 2014. Students admitted for previous semesters should visit requirements and renewal criteria information regarding scholarships available prior to summer 2014.

General transfer scholarship policies

The following apply to all transfer scholarships unless otherwise indicated.

  • Recipients must be transfer students from community colleges or MSU-West Plains.*   
  • Qualifying transfer credits must be completed following high school graduation and prior to enrollment at MSU.
  • Students must not have enrolled at another four-year college or university following graduation from high school.*
  • Students must apply for admission by the deadline specified for each scholarship and must be admitted.
  • Scholarships can only be combined as noted. The combined value cannot exceed a total of $4,500 per year. The value of out-of-state fee waivers is not counted toward this maximum.   
  • Transfer scholarships are renewable for one year only (total of four semesters) with the exception of the Out-of-State Fee Waiver, Midwest Student Exchange Program, and Continue the Tradition Fee Waiver.
  • It is our intent to award scholarships that show the number available as “Varies” to all qualified students; however, offers may be limited based on availability of funding. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply early.
  • Students must enroll at MSU the semester after leaving the other college and must be full-time at MSU.

General Scholarship Policies also apply to recipients of transfer scholarships. 

*These requirements do not apply to the Out-of-State Fee Waiver, Midwest Student Exchange Program, and Continue the Tradition Fee Waiver.

Transfer students from MSU-West Plains

Selected MSU-West Plains scholarships (i.e., Board of Governors, Multicultural Leadership, Freshman Academic and Leadership) offered by the West Plains campus may be transferred to the Springfield campus by students who meet West Plains renewal criteria. The scholarship will be the same value as the West Plains scholarship and will be renewed based on MSU-West Plains renewal criteria. These scholarships can be combined with the Missouri Community College Scholarship, the Diversity in Education Scholarship for Transfer Students, or the Transfer STEM Scholarship to a combined maximum value of $4,500 per year, as well as with any of the out of state fee waivers below.

Missouri Community College Scholarship

Value

$2,000 per year

Number available

Two for each Missouri public community college per year.  Additional scholarships may be awarded based on the number of students transferring from the institution.

Application

Community college presidents must submit letters of recommendation to the MSU Office of Student Financial Aid by May 1. Students should contact the community college for information regarding the selection process.

Selection criteria

This scholarship is awarded to students based on letters of recommendation from community college presidents. To qualify for consideration, students must either have completed (or must complete prior to their first semester at MSU) at least 42 transferrable credit hours at the community college with a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher. The exclusion of enrollment at other four-year colleges or universities does not apply to this scholarship.

General transfer scholarship policies (above) also apply.

Renewal criteria

Renewable for one year for students who successfully complete 24 hours at MSU with a cumulative MSU grade point average of 3.40 or higher.

Additional information

This scholarship can be combined with the Transfer STEM Scholarship or Diversity in Education Scholarship for Transfer Students to a combined maximum value of $4,500, as well as with any of the out-of-state fee waivers below.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Value

$2,000 per year.

Number available

Varies

Application

Apply for admission and complete the PTK Scholarship Application* by March 1 for students entering in the summer or fall semesters or by October 1 for students entering in the spring semester.

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Selection criteria

Students must be active members of Phi Theta Kappa who have completed (or must complete prior to their first semester at MSU) at least 42 transferable credit hours at the community college with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher. 

General transfer scholarship policies (above) also apply.

Renewal criteria

Renewable for one year for students who successfully complete 24 hours at MSU with a cumulative MSU grade point average of 3.40 or higher.

Additional information

This scholarship can be combined with the Transfer STEM Scholarship or Diversity in Education Scholarship for Transfer Students to a combined maximum value of $4,500. If the combined value exceeds $4,500, then one scholarship will be reduced in value. The value of the out-of-state fee waiver is not applicable to this maximum.

Transfer Academic Scholarship

Value

$1,500 per year

Number available

Varies

Application

Apply for admission and complete the online Transfer Academic Scholarship Application by March 1 for students entering in the summer or fall semesters or by October 1 for students entering in the spring semester.

Selection criteria

Students must either have completed (or must complete prior to their first semester at MSU) at least 42 transferable credit hours at the community college with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

General transfer scholarship policies (above) also apply.

Renewal criteria

Renewable for one year for students who successfully complete 24 hours at MSU with a cumulative MSU grade point average of 3.40 or higher.

Additional information

This scholarship can be combined with the Transfer STEM Scholarship or Diversity in Education Scholarship for Transfer Students to a combined maximum value of $4,500, as well as with any of the out-of-state fee waivers below.

Diversity in Education Scholarship for Transfer Students

Value

$3,000 per year. Non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of out-of-state fees.

Number available

Varies

Application

Apply for admission and complete the Diversity in Education Scholarship for Transfer Students Application* by March 1 for students entering in the summer or fall semesters or by October 1 for students entering in the spring semester.

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Selection criteria

Student must transfer from a community college having completed either an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree or all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program at MSU.

Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, have demonstrated leadership in multicultural activities through their schools and/or community, and have declared a major that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education or Bachelor of Music Education degree.

General transfer scholarship policies (above) also apply.

Renewal criteria

Renewable for one year for students who successfully complete 30 MSU credit hours with a cumulative MSU grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Students must remain enrolled in programs that lead to education degrees. 

Additional information

This scholarship can be combined with the Transfer Academic Scholarship or Missouri Community College Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship to a combined maximum value of $4,500. If the combined value exceeds $4,500, then one scholarship will be reduced in value. The value of the out-of-state fee waiver portion is not applicable to this maximum.

Transfer STEM* Scholarship

Value

$1,000 per year.

Number available

Varies.

Application

Apply for admission, submit the Transfer STEM Scholarship Application* and provide letter of recommendation by a STEM faculty member at the community college by May 1 for students entering in the summer or fall semesters or November 1 for students entering in the spring semester. 

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Selection criteria

Students must be community college transfers who have completed (or must complete prior to their first semester at MSU) at least 42 transferable credit hours at the community college with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher, have completed college algebra or a higher level math with a B or higher, and major in a qualifying STEM major.

General transfer scholarship policies (above) also apply. 

The Office of Student Financial Aid will maintain a list of qualifying STEM majors.

Renewal criteria

Renewable for one year beyond the first year for students who successfully complete 24 MSU credit hours with a cumulative MSU grade point average of 3.00 or higher and who remain enrolled in one of the qualifying majors.

Additional information

This scholarship can be combined with the Transfer Academic Scholarship or Missouri Community College Scholarship or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship or Diversity in Education Scholarship for Transfer Students, as well as with any of the out-of-state fee waivers.

 

*STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Out-of-State Fee Waiver/Midwest Student Exchange Program

Value

A full waiver of non-resident fees.

Number available

Varies

Application

Eligible students will be identified based on application for admission and college transcripts. No additional application is required. Qualified residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wisconsin will receive the Midwest Student Exchange Award; other qualified non-residents will receive the Out-of-State Fee Waiver.

Selection criteria

Students must be classified as non-residents of Missouri for fee purposes and must have completed at least 24 hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher.

General transfer scholarship policies (above) also apply.

Renewal criteria

Successfully complete 30 MSU credit hours each academic year with a cumulative MSU grade point average of 3.25 or higher. These waivers can be renewed for more than two years for students who remain continuously enrolled. 

Additional information

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

Continue the Tradition Fee Waiver Program

Value

A full waiver of non-resident fees (current annual value is approximately $6,480 annually for a student taking 30 credit hours).

Number available

Varies

Application

Apply for admission and submit the Continue the Tradition Application.

Selection criteria

Recipients must be the child or grandchild of an MSU graduate (bachelor’s degree or higher) and classified as non-residents for fee purposes.

General transfer scholarship policies (above) also apply.

Renewal criteria

Successfully complete 24 hours at MSU each year and maintain satisfactory academic progress. This waiver can be renewed beyond two years for students who remain continuously enrolled.

Additional information

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