Onward, Upward: The Campaign for Missouri State University

A collection of short videos about the scholarship pillars within the Onward Upward campaign.

When you give back, we all move forward

When you’re a supporter of Missouri State, you’re a member of our Bear family.
You understand that all Bears are tied together by common experiences and a common love for MSU.
Bears make a difference in the university, the community and the world.
Now, we’re asking you to help us make a difference on our campuses and beyond for the next generation.

Campaign stories


Aerial view of the Hammons Fountain and Jane A. Meyer Carillon.

Move Missouri State into the future

We have a long history of educating students to become successful global citizens. Onward, upward — a line from a historic version of the Missouri State fight song — reflects our pride in our past. It also reflects the knowledge that we must always push forward to elevate our performance, our profile and our people. This fundraising campaign, the largest we have ever undertaken, will support and transform the university in four priority areas.

Students sitting outside


A Missouri State education opens up a world of opportunity. Yet despite our affordable tuition, it’s still out of reach for too many aspiring learners.

Faculty member sitting on table in front of books


Missouri State’s passionate teachers and researchers serve as mentors on campus. They are also leaders who tackle local, national and global challenges.

Exterior view of Glass Hall


Our actors, athletes, scholars and scientists deserve to pursue their dreams in places that inspire creativity, collaboration and ever higher levels of performance.

Group of students in maroon shirts


Our programs give students an enriched university experience.