Scholarships and Financial Aid

Our department has access to many scholarships. Typically, you may receive some of these scholarships only once during your career at Missouri State University; however, you may be able to apply for certain scholarships more than once, and should consider applying for different scholarships each year. Please keep in mind you only have one application to fill out to apply for ALL available scholarships with the General and Departmental Scholarship Online Application, including ones outside the Sociology and Anthropology Department!

The scholarships are awarded on academic ability, and most will require proof of community involvement while in school. The best way to make yourself eligible for a scholarship is to do well in your classes, and if you are not already active in the community, find an issue you are passionate about and volunteer with an agency that addresses that issue in the community.

And remember:

  • DO get to know your professors- not only are you likely to need their letters of recommendation, but they are an excellent source of information and support, and can help you find the place for your passion!
  • DO read the program requirements for Sociology and Anthropology, the GPA requirements, and the expectations for community service to ensure your eligibility for any of the department scholarships.
  • DO fill out the whole scholarship application as completely and fully as possible to assure you get the maximum benefit. There are a large number of scholarships available that are not based on a major or department, and you don't want to miss out!
  • DO call the Sociology and Anthropology Department Office at 417-836-5640 if you wish to discuss the requirements of a particular department scholarship. If you need more information about applying for a department scholarship, or if you have questions about other scholarships offered on campus, contact the MSU Financial Aid Office.

Al and Margaret Hemphill Scholarship

Value

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

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students are required to submit the "Volunteerism & Community Service Essay" found in the Volunteer Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate Sociology major that can demonstrate a record of community service and volunteer work through an essay explaining their commitment to volunteerism and community service. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and must have completed at least 12 credit hours at Missouri State University. Preference will be given to students possessing remaining need after all other gift aid is considered.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Donald D. Landon Public Affairs Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,000.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students are required to submit the "Volunteerism & Community Service Essay" found in the Volunteer Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater with at least 60 credit hours that has a declared major in the Sociology or Anthropology with an overall GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students with financial need and demonstrating a record of service, leadership and public affairs through a one-page letter explaining their commitment to public service.

Renewal criteria

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

Dr. Lloyd R. Young Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $750 - $1,000.

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. 1.

Students are required to submit the "Volunteerism & Community Service Essay" found in the Volunteer Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time junior with at least 60 credit hours or a senior with at least 90 credit hours. Student must be majoring in Sociology or Anthropology with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Student must submit a one-page letter explaining their commitment to public service. Student must demonstrate financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Ravindra (Robin) and Alka Amonker Scholarship

Value

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

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students are required to submit the "Volunteerism & Community Service Essay" found in the Volunteer Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior with at least 60 credit hours majoring in Sociology or Anthropology. Student must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Preference given to students demonstrating a record of service, leadership and qualities consistent with the goal of Missouri State University's public affairs mission as shown through a one page letter explaining experience and commitment to service and volunteering.

Renewal criteria

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

Reverend John Bettmann Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to students properly enrolled at Missouri State University – one to an undergraduate student seeking a degree in Sociology, and the second to an undergraduate student seeking a degree in Philosophy.  In order to be eligible students should maintain academic excellence as demonstrated through a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.  Students should be of junior or senior status while receiving the scholarship.  Students should demonstrate a commitment to community service and volunteerism as demonstrated through an essay and resume describing their involvement and commitment to such activities.  Preference shall be given to students with financial need, but it is not required.

Renewal criteria

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

Walter O. Cralle Memorial Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $3,275.

Application

Students are required to submit the "Walter O. Cralle Essay" found in the Sociology and Anthropology Section of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Page within the General Online Scholarship Application.

Students are required to submit two letters of recommendation.  Students can submit letters of recommendation from faculty members within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology using the "Sociology and Anthropology Letter of Recommendation Form" found in the Sociology and Anthropology Section of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Page within the General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student seeking a major in Sociology, Social Work or Anthropology or minoring in Anthropology that has at least 60 credit hours. Student must have an overall GPA of 3.5. Student must submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members within one of the applicable departments, and the required Walter O. Cralle Memorial Scholarship Essay.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed.