Scholarships and Grants for the Nontraditional Student
Do you want to return to Missouri State to finish your degree but need some financial assistance? To see if you qualify, call 417-836-4126.
Return to Learn Scholarships
Each fall and spring semester, the Office of Adult Student Services awards a limited number of the "Return to Learn Scholarships" for undergraduate students 25 years of age or older. This scholarship will be awarded to degree-seeking adult undergraduate students entering college for the first time or returning after an absence of three years or longer who have not previously earned a bachelor's degree. The scholarship is intended for adult students who exhibit outstanding potential for academic success at Missouri State University. The $1048 scholarship is applied to the recipient's account over two semesters if all criteria have been met.
The “Continuation Scholarship” is available for students who have successfully satisfied the requirements for the “Return to Learn Scholarship" as a way to reward them for their successes in their first two semesters of college work and as an incentive to continue to meet their educational needs. This $2048 scholarship is applied to the recipient's account over two semesters if all criteria have been met.
These scholarships may not be used for noncredit courses or in conjunction with Senior Citizen Fee Waivers.
Return to Learn Scholarship Eligibility:
To qualify for the first part of the two-semester scholarship, applicants must:
- Be 25 years of age or older
- Be enrolled in the first or second semester of his/her first college experience (excluding summer session) or be returning after an absence of three years or more (no transferable credits earned from any institution for at least 3 years)
- Maintain enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours
Download the scholarship application
To qualify for the second semester of the scholarship, applicants must:
- Have a 2.5 or better GPA after the first semester of his/her return to college study
- Maintain enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours
- Be enrolled in his/her second consecutive semester at Missouri State University
Continuation Scholarship Eligibility:
- Must have completed and fulfilled the requirement of the “Return to Learn” scholarship
- Must be enrolled in his/her third consecutive semester at Missouri State University (excluding summer session)
- Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Must maintain enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester
- Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA to qualify for the second part of the two-semester scholarship
- Must maintain enrollment in a minimum of 6 credit hours
- Must be enrolled in his/her fourth consecutive semester at Missouri State University
MSU Annual Scholarship
Missouri State University offers nearly 1,000 donor-funded scholarships that provide over 1,100 awards with an average value of $1,100.
How to Apply
Students apply for the nearly 1,000 donor-funded scholarships at Missouri State University using a single online application.
- Students must be accepted for admission prior to applying.
- Once accepted for admission, student will set up access to their personal portal called MyMissouriState.
- Log into My Missouri State
- Click the Profile tab.
- Find the Financial Aid channel on the Profile tab.
- Click on the Annual Scholarship Application link on the Financial Aid channel.
- Click on Start Application, complete the online application.
Applications are submitted online and are due March 1st
The following scholarships are included in the MSU Annual Scholarship application. If you have any questions about a particular scholarship, please contact the administering department or contact the Office of Financial Aid for more details.
COB Nontraditional Student Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time COB major. One scholarship should go to a non-traditional student. Based on that first preference should go to entering freshman, second preference should go to lower-division students, and third preference should go to upper-division students. Student must show promise for academic success, and student must have financial need. Scholarship is administered by the College of Business.
Dr. John S. Bowdidge Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time sophomore or greater, majoring in the Finance and General Business Department. Student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and financial need. Preference is given to nontraditional students or a student with an interest in international business. Scholarship is administered by the Department of Finance and General Business.
Fran and Cliff Whipple Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student in good academic standing that demonstrates financial need. Student must be female, with first preference going to a nontraditional student and/or a Native American student. This is a nondepartmental scholarship.
James W. Gardner, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student that is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Preference will be given to non-traditional students. Scholarship administered by the Department of Technology & Construction Management.
Mary C. Schulte Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate student pursuing the Industrial/organizational Psychology Track in the Masters in Psychology program. Preference given for financial need, non-traditional students, and single parents. Scholarship administered by the Psychology Department.
Mary Margaret Long Hickman History Scholarship
Awarded annually to a History major enrolled in 6 hours. Award will be made with regard to financial need. Preference given to women over 30 years of age returning to school that are not members or affiliate members of educational labor unions. Scholarship administered by the History Department.
Nontraditional Student Assist Fund
This scholarship is awarded annually to a nontraditional student that is also a single mother. This is a nondepartmental scholarship.
Ronald and Carol Bottin Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a fulltime undergraduate or graduate student seeking a degree in Accounting, Finance, or Management. Incoming freshman will be considered based on high school academic performance and leadership, while current students must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Preference should go to nontraditional students and single parents. Scholarship is administered by the College of Business.
William E. Albertson Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually to a graduate student enrolled in at least 3 hours seeking a Masters in Education. Consideration based on academic performance. Must have one year experience teaching and a teaching certificate. Preference given to non-traditional students. Awards made with regard for financial need. Scholarship is administered by the College of Education.
Winnie Lawrence Clark Memorial Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time student seeking a degree in English BSEd or Speech or Theatre Education that has an overall GPA of 2.75. Preference will be given to non-traditional students and single parents. Awards made with regard for financial need. Scholarship is administered by the College of Arts & Letters.
For further information, call 417-836-4126 or toll-free at 877-678-2005.