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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Helping you achieve excellence

The department of history at Missouri State offers its students numerous scholarship opportunities to help cover the cost of tuition and other education-related expenses. To apply for scholarships offered by the department of history, you must complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application preferably by March 1. If a scholarship requires proof of financial need, you need to complete the Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.

Typically, recipients of the awards will be notified prior to the end of the spring semester. Therefore, your scholarship will apply to the following academic year. As a scholarship recipient, you are asked to write a thank-you letter to the scholarship committee that selected you for the award.

You may also qualify for scholarships offered by the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and the office of financial aid.

Gerald 'Pete' McCormick Memorial History Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate history major
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in history courses
  • Submit a one-page paper outlining his or her applicable experience and interest

Preference is given to those students interested in Civil War history or military history. If none apply, students with a broad interest may be selected. Preference will also be given to applicants with financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Robert E. Smith History Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a history major
  • Demonstrate interest in modern European military history
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a 3.0 GPA in history courses

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Robert Anthony Foster History Scholarship Fund

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be a junior or senior
  • Be a history major
  • Have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 3.0 GPA in history courses

Preference is given based on financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Phi Alpha Theta Centennial Scholarship

Value

The amount of this scholarship varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a graduate student in the history department
  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA in history courses
  • Be enrolled in at least six hours
  • Submit one-page statement of qualifications, goals and need

Preference is based on greatest need. Graduate assistants are not eligible.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Mabel Friend Study Club Award

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled in at least nine hours
  • Be at least a sophomore
  • Be a history major
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

Preference is given to applicants with financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Marie-France Jones Memorial Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a high school senior planning to declare a major in history

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Benjamin G. Rader History Scholarship

Value

The amount of this scholarship varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be an incoming freshman OR
  • Be a sophomore with an overall GPA of 3.0

Consideration for incoming freshman will be based on need and college potential. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 hours each semester.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Earl J. and Gertrude Altemiller Nelson Scholarship in History

Value

The amount of this scholarship varies based on the availability of funds.

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time graduate student
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in history department classes
  • Have a career interest in museum administration

If no graduate students meet the criteria, undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors majoring in history with an emphasis in American history are eligible. They must also have a GPA of 3.0 in history courses. 

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Duane G. Meyer Endowed History Scholarship

Value

The value of this scholarship is approximately $1,000, but amount varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time graduate student
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in history department classes
  • Have a career interest in museum administration

If no graduate students meet the criteria, undergraduate full-time juniors or seniors majoring in history with an emphasis in American history are eligible. They must also have a GPA of 3.0 in history courses.

Renewal criteria

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

Wayne C. Bartee Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be an undergraduate history major with an emphasis in non-U.S. history
  • Have completed 3 non-U.S. history courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in these classes

Preference is given to applicants with financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Judy Owens Geisler Memorial Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be a history major
  • Be involved in public affairs activities through a campus or community service organization
  • Have completed 24 hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Preference is given to a female student from a rural Missouri high school with regard to financial need.

Mary Margaret Long Hickman Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled in at least six hours
  • Be a history major
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Have financial need

Preference is given to women over 30 years of age who are returning to school that are not members or affiliates of educational labor unions.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Leo Huff Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time student
  • Be a history major
  • Demonstrate academic, performance and leadership potential

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Donald H. Nicholson Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on availability of funds.

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 eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled in at least nine hours each semester
  • Be at least a sophomore
  • Be a history major
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Consideration will be made for financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a current member of the Theta Mu chapter of Phi Alpha Theta
  • Be enrolled in at least nine hours, if an undergraduate student, or six hours, if a graduate student
  • Have completed 12 hours of history courses with a GPA of at least 3.2 and have a 3.0 GPA in two-thirds of all non-history coursework

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. Reapplication will be subject to full review.

James W. Shannon Memorial Scholarship

Value

The amount varies based on the availability of funds.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a junior or senior
  • Be a history major
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Have financial need

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Lee and Wanda Holden Scholarship

Value

$1,000 scholarships will be awarded anually.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

$1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to full-time juniors or seniors seeking degrees in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs in either the History or Political Science Departments.  Preference will be given to students from Birch Tree, MO or Mountain View, MO.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and preference will be given to students with financial need. Recipients must exhibit potential for a career in public service and recognize the responsibility to give back; qualities consistent with the legacy of Dr. David Heinlein, who was dedicated to public affairs long before it became the official mission of the University, and the legacy of Dr. Alice Bartee, who served as a model and mentor for students interested in serving the public good.  Evidence of this commitment will be outlined in an essay discussing the student's commitment to service.

Renewal criteria

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

H.D. Harmon Scholarship

Value

This scholarship is shared between the Political Science and History Department.  During even academic years (i.e. 2012 - 2013) the scholarship will be awarded by the History Department.  During odd academic years (i.e. 2011 - 2012) the scholarship will be awarded by the Political Science Department.

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,400 - $1,500.

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 full-time student enrolled as a sophomore or greater majoring in History or Political Science with an overall GPA of 3.0.  Awarded with regard to financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed.