Scholarships and Financial Aid

Our department offers a number of scholarships for students pursuing a military science minor. These scholarships are designed to support your studies at Missouri State, reward excellence in the classroom, aid students based on financial need and more.

Army ROTC scholarships

The Army ROTC Scholarship program is open to all qualified, full-time University students. Two four-year scholarships are awarded each year on a best-qualified basis. Students do not need to be enrolled in military science classes to compete. Army ROTC Scholarships pay full tuition, required fees and book costs (1,200/yr), plus a monthly tax-free stipend of $300-$500 for 10 months of each school year of the scholarship. Students who receive an Army ROTC Scholarship incur a military service obligation which is completed after graduation either in the active or reserve components of the U.S. Army.

Simultaneous Membership Program

Additional financial assistance is available if you decide to enroll in the Simultaneous Membership Program while pursuing your degree.

External financial aid

The U.S. Army offers competitive financial assistance to cadets in the Army ROTC as well. ROTC Bear Battalion cadets may also qualify for other external scholarships.

University scholarships

You may also qualify for additional University-wide scholarships or financial aid. The office of student financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans.

44th Engineering Battalion Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

The Recipient of this award will be an undergraduate student properly enrolled as a full-time student at Missouri State University and who are currently accepted and/or participating in an ROTC commissioning program. In accordance with the donor's wishes, preference will be given to students who are:
1. First generation higher education attendee.
2. United States citizens.
3. Permanent residents of the United States.
4. Currently serving or have served in some branch of the United States Military Service.

Renewal criteria

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

Lieutenant Tim O'Neill Endowment

Value

The Professor of Military Science has the final authority to decide how many scholarship awards will be given, as well as the amount of each scholarship award per academic year.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

The recipient(s) of this scholarship award will be students enrolled as full time students at Missouri State University AND who are full time students fully participating in and actively pursuing an ROTC contract. First preference and primary consideration will be given to veterans of the United State Marine Corps. For those receiving the scholarship award at the sophomore level or higher, preference will be given to those who have a college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Recipient(s) MUST be United states citizens. 

Renewal criteria

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

Thelma Elizabeth (Grotemat) Finley Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Award shall go to a Missouri State University student that is a full-time junior or senior, currently seeking a degree in civil or electrical engineering as part of the Cooperative Engineering Program offered at Missouri State or a student on the Pre-Engineering track that is seeking a degree in Engineering Physics at Missouri State University. Student must be a United States citizen. The student must submit two letters of recommendation, coming from a professional engineer, an engineering professor, a professor of military science, or a military supervisor. In addition, the student must submit an essay discussing their career and academic goals and plans of no more than 1,000 words.

First preference will go toward student(s) that meet the above criteria and are serving in a branch of the United State military services, accepted and/or participating in a ROTC commissioning program, or a veteran(s) of the United State military services.

Second preference for awarding shall go toward student that meet the above criteria with a parent that served in the United State military and was killed in combat.
 

Renewal criteria

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

Rebecca Susan Finley Memorial Scholarship

Value

A single $1,500 scholarship will be awarded.  In years in which more than one exceptional applying candidate exists, at the discretion of the selection committee up to two $1,000 scholarships may be awarded.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior student that is either a member of the military, a veteran, a member of the ROTC, or has had a parent that was a member of the military die in combat. The student must be a US citizen. The student must be seeking a degree in civil or electrical engineering, engineering physics, nursing, or related medical support field. The student must write an essay on their academic and career goals. The student must submit letters of recommendation from a professional engineer, nurse or health care professional, an engineering, nursing, or related medical support field professor or advisor, or a professor of military science. First preference will go to engineering students and student active or veterans in the military or ROTC. Second preference will go to individuals with parents killed in combat, nursing, and related medical support students.

Renewal criteria

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

Command Sergeant Major Billy Dean Perry Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate student who is an ROTC cadet.

Renewal criteria

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

Hurtado Family Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student seeking a major in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences with an overall GPA of 2.0 that demonstrates financial need. First preference will go to students involved in ROTC.

Renewal criteria

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