Missouri State University

Department of Religious Studies

Scholarships in Religious Studies

Awarding outstanding students

The department of religious studies and its many supporters provide opportunities for you to receive financial assistance to support your studies at Missouri State University. In fact, the religious studies department has almost a dozen scholarships, which are anticipated to award roughly $8,000 annually.

Scholarship Application Help Sheet for 2014-2015:

Please click on our Scholarship Application Help Sheet for tips in completing your application.  Remember, the deadline for scholarship applications is March 1, 2014. 

Other aid opportunities

You may qualify for University scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans. Most scholarships at Missouri State University, including those designated for religious studies students, require the submission of a completed Missouri State scholarship application. Details about additional materials are included in the descriptions below.

College scholarships

In addition to departmental scholarships, there are also college scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students.  These include:

Departmental scholarships

Please note that religious studies scholarship applicants are asked to submit:

  • Two letters of recommendation, with a preference for letters from religious studies faculty. You will enter the name and email address of recommenders in Scholarship Manager, contacting them to ask permission first, and the system will then send an email invitation to submit an online letter of recommendation.
  • A 900 word personal statement. Your personal statement can be written beforehand and pasted into Scholarship Manager. It should include a summary of your merit and achievements in areas such as scholarship, departmental and campus activities, community service and leadership. You should also include descriptions of any life or work experiences that enhance your potential, as well as a discussion of professional goals and plans after graduation.

Rose Marie and Martin H. Boone, Jr. Graduate Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $1,200.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a graduate student in the religious studies program
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.25
  • Be enrolled in at least three hours of religious studies courses each semester

Consideration given to undergraduate academic performance and leadership.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

DeVries Family Religious Studies Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $500.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a sophomore or higher
  • Major or minor in religious studies
  • Be enrolled full time
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0

Participate in a University sponsored archaeological excavation in the Middle East or Mediterranean region. The award may be released in full or in part before the start of a summer excavation.

Renewal criteria

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

Moyer Family Religious Studies Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $1,000.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be at least a sophomore in standing
  • Be pursuing a major or minor or graduate degree in religious studies
  • Be enrolled full time with at least six hours in Religious Studies during the year, for undergraduate students
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.35, for undergraduate students.
  • Be enrolled in at least three hours each semester, with at least six hours in Religious Studies during the year, for graduate students
  • Have an overall graduate GPA of 3.5, for graduate students, or an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25, for graduate students who have not yet completed graduate hours.

Preference will be given to students who have completed or are taking two biblical studies courses.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Women in Religious Studies Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $500.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be at least a sophomore in standing
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student
  • Be pursuing a major or minor or graduate degree in religious studies
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 2.8
  • Have a departmental GPA of at least 3.25

Preference will go to female applicants.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

William R. (Bill) Smith Memorial Baptist Student Union Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $500.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be enrolled in three hours of religious studies courses
  • Have completed at least 12 hours
  • Have overall grade point average of 3.0

Preference given to active members of the Baptist Student Union which should be supported by a letter of recommendation.

Renewal criteria

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

Schyler Elizabeth Strong Biblical Archaeology Award

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $750.

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

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student in the department of religious studies (antiquities majors are also eligible)
  • Participate in an archaeological excavation in the biblical lands related to biblical research

If no student meets those criteria, religious studies minors may be considered. Need is preferred, and grade point average may be considered. Preference will be given to students who have completed or are taking two biblical studies courses.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Rose Marie and Martin H. Boone, Jr. Religious Studies Scholarship Fund

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $1,200.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Major or minor in religious studies
  • Have at least 15 hours, including three hours of religious studies courses, if you are a continuing student
  • Have an overall grade point average of 3.25

For incoming freshmen, consideration will be given to academic performance and leadership.

Renewal criteria

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

Kathy J. Pulley Religious Studies Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $500.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a sophomore or higher
  • Be a major in religious studies
  • Be enrolled full time
  • Have an overall grade point average of 3.2
  • Submit a personal statement that details volunteer activity during college
  • Submit letters of reference from people who can confirm volunteer activity

Presidential and Board of Governors Scholars are not eligible.

Renewal criteria

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

James P. Robinson Ecumenical Center Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $1,200.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Have completed at least 12 hours of college level course work, including 3 hours in Religious Studies
  • Be enrolled in at least three hours in Religious Studies in the year of the award
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed or be currently enrolled in REL 131 or REL 332.

Preference will be given to Religious Studies majors and minors.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Gerrit J. tenZythoff Religious Studies Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $1200.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be enrolled in at least six hours of religious studies courses during the academic year
  • Have completed at least 15 hours, including three in religious studies
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.25 for undergraduates; graduate students must have a GPA of 3.5 in their program or an undergraduate GPA of 3.2
  • Be a major or minor of religious studies or have been accepted into the Master of Arts program in religious studies
  • Undergraduates have completed or be currently enrolled in REL 330 or REL 340 or REL 350

Preference will be given to pre-seminary students.

Renewal criteria

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

F. W. A. Bosch Religious Studies Scholarship

Value

Award amount varies depending on availability of funds, but usually is about $300.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Major or minor in religious studies
  • Have completed at least 15 hours, including three in religious studies, if you are a continuing student
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.25

For incoming freshmen, consideration will be given to academic performance and leadership.

Renewal criteria

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