Scholarships and Financial Aid

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Missouri State’s financial aid opportunities reward your promise and propel you to success. Seventy-eight percent of our undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.


Scholarships

You are encouraged to apply for every scholarship you might be eligible to receive. The required steps and materials for each scholarship are included below.

Biology Alumni Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded to a Biology major that has completed 60 hours toward a BA or BS degree in Biology and at least 15 hours of Biology (including BIO 235) with a minimum 3.0 GPA in Biology and must enroll for at least 12 hours.

Renewal criteria

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

Biology Board of Advisors Summer Research Fellowship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a rising junior, senior or graduate student seeking a degree in the Department of Biology. The student must demonstrate an interest in pursuing graduate studies. Student must be enrolled in at least 1 summer credit hour.

Renewal criteria

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

Biology Education Scholarship

Selection criteria

Student must have completed 60 hours toward a B.S.Ed., and at least 15 hours of Biology (including BIO 235) with a minimum 3.0 GPA in Biology. The student must have been admitted into Teacher Education program and enroll for 12 hours.

Renewal criteria

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

Carla Hinton Memorial Biology Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time student majoring in Biology. Sophomores or greater must have a 3.0 in coursework in Biology. Awards will be made with regard for financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Gerald Perry Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time Biology major. Incoming freshman considered based on high school academic performance and leadership, All current students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Scholarship will be automatically renewed as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Automatically renewed as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and remains enrolled in 12 credit hours per semester.

Milton Topping Memorial Fund

Selection criteria

Student must be enrolled in the Biology graduate program and submit a typed proposal describing the research to be conducted if the summer the assistantship is granted. Preference will be given to beginning graduate students.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Russell G. Barnekow, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student in Biology. Must have an overall undergraduate and departmental GPA of 3.6. Awards made with regard to financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Steve and Nancy Jensen Biology Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior Biology major with preference going to those students with an interest in invertebrate biology. Must have an overall GPA of 3.25.

Renewal criteria

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

Tom Stombaugh Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater majoring in Biology with an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0 and 15 hours of Biology courses including BIO 235 or its equivalent. Preference given to student planning a career in medicine.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Wallace R. Weber Biology Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to one student that is full-time and majoring in either Biology or Botany. First preference will go to a graduate Botany student, second preference will go to an undergraduate Botany student, and third preference will go to an undergraduate Biology major.

Renewal criteria

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

Wallace R. Weber Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student majoring in Botany or Biology. First preference to graduate student in Botany program. Second preference to undergraduate majoring in Botany. Third preference given to undergraduate majoring in Biology.

Renewal criteria

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

Wildlife Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time student seeking a degree in Agriculture or Biology. Graduate students must have undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in their degree program. Undergraduates must have an overall GPA of 3.0.

Renewal criteria

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