Missouri State University

Nursing Department

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Helping support nursing education

The Department of Nursing provides scholarships for students to receive financial assistance to support their studies at Missouri State University.  The department wants to help students receive as much financial support as possible and has created a listing of additional scholarships and resources that can help students fund their nursing education.  In addition to scholarships offered by the department, students may also be eligible for additional resources offered by the University.

The office of financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants, and loans to help fund education.  If a scholarship requires proof of financial need, Students need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.

For more information about graduate assistantships available in the department or University, visit the graduate assistantships page or the graduate college websiteTraineeships are also available and provide financial assistance to all full-time MSN students.

Unless noted, all scholarships require at least the submission of the Online General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.  Please carefully review departmental scholarship requirements prior to submission.

Ammon D. Schaeffer and Mildred Lampe Memorial Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually around $500.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a Nursing major. Juniors or seniors receiving the award must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA in the Nursing Department of 3.0. Must be enrolled in 6 hours. Financial need is required.

Renewal criteria

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

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Columbia Hospital South Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually around $200 - $250.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student enrolled in at least 6 hours that is majoring in Nursing. Student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Dr. Robert W. and Charlotte K. Bitter Endowed Scholarship Fund (Department of Nursing)

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,000 or more.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Student must be a Nursing Major. When awarded to an incoming freshman, consideration will be given to high school performance, college potential, and to leadership qualities. When awarded to a student at the sophomore level or higher, the student must have achieved an overall 2.5 GPA

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Scholarship is renewed automatically for up to 3 additional years after first award, but the student must maintain satisfactory academic progress, complete 24 credit hours a year, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Drs. Kathryn L. Hope and George J. Heinz III Scholarship for Nursing Excellence

Value

A single award each year of $2,000 is provided.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater Nursing major with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a GPA in Nursing courses of 3.5. Must demonstrate academic and clinical excellence, leadership in the field, and be in good standing in the nursing program. The student must submit the 1-2 page Personal Statement explaining their interest in field and introducing themselves to the selection committee, as well as the Volunteer and Community Service Essay discussing their leadership, and community involvement.

Renewal criteria

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

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Frankie and S.D. Sims Memorial Scholarship

Value

A single $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled in the MSN - Nurse Educator Program or the Nurse Educator - Post Graduate Program at Missouri State University. The student must have a GPA of at least 3.5.

Renewal criteria

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

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Gladys C. Harmon Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,000 or more.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or greater Nursing Major with an overall GPA of 3.0. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 6 hours.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Scholarship is renewed automatically as long as the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and plans to take 6 credit hours per semester.

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Metropolitan National Bank Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,000 or more.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater majoring in Nursing with a departmental and overall GPA of 3.5. Student must have graduated high school from Barton, Dade, Greene, Webster, Christian, Stone or Taney County. Consideration will be given to those with demonstrated academic excellence and leadership. Preference given to financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Student must maintain an overall cumulative and departmental GPA of 3.5 in order to renew.

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Mildred Durr Wilcox and Roy T. Wilcox Endowed Scholarship Fund

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,000 or more.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Student must be a Nursing Major selected with regards to academic scholarship, leadership, character, and potential for professional advancement.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Nursing Education Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded to a student seeking a BS in Nursing enrolled in at least 6 hours. Consideration for scholarship, leadership, character, and potential for professional advancement. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Peggy Ammons Nursing Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,000.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time graduate or undergraduate student seeking a degree in Nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Student must demonstrate a commitment to community service through the Volunteer and Community Service Essay available on the online application, and the student must demonstrate financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

SMSU Nurses Association Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $150 - $300.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student enrolled in the BS in Nursing program taking at least 6 hours with an overall GPA of 3.0. Leadership qualities and financial need required. Preference given to students in the Missouri State University Nursing Association.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Springfield Medical Foundation Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $200.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or senior in the medical technology or nursing programs. Preference for scholarship and financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.

Susan Sims-Giddens and Edwin Giddens Scholarship

Value

Scholarship will be at least $1,200.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Scholarship will be awarded annually to students properly enrolled in the Nursing BSN Completion program.  Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Renewal criteria

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

Additional information

Students selected for Nursing Scholarships are strongly encouraged to attend the Department of Nursing Scholarship Reception held in the fall of each year.