Modern Language Performance Award (MLPA)
The MLPA is the Department’s way of making a financial investment in our students. We believe that the study of modern languages is worthwhile, and we are offering up to $500 and up to $1,000 a year to those students who minor or major, respectively, in a modern language and demonstrate a commitment to Missouri Southern’s modern language program.
We have written up a detailed definition of what we consider an indication of such commitment. If you fulfill the requirements that we have laid out, then we are committed to giving you an award in the amount of up to $500 a year as long as you are working toward a minor in one of our offered modern languages. To those who want to study more deeply into the world of modern languages and cultures and come seeking a major in either French or Spanish we offer an award of up to $1,000 per year.
The MLPA is not a scholarship, but a performance award. It is based on the performance of the student who commits himself or herself to demonstrating a serious interest in his or her chosen language. If a student applies and receives the MLPA, he or she will be expected to fulfill its requirements. As a word of warning, the student should be aware that if he or she should fail to meet the award requirements, then the funds provided may be removed, in which case the student is responsible for paying any remaining tuition and fees, and/or eligibility for subsequent semesters may be affected.
We have many students who receive the MLPA, and we are eager to give it to any full-time student who applies as long as he or she acknowledges that there are some things that we will ask him or her to do. These requirements are not outrageous. They apply directly to the study of modern language and culture. There are plenty of opportunities to fulfill them for the average student, and we are willing to work with you to help you fulfill them to your best ability. If you have specific questions, send an e-mail to the Department Administrative Assistant.
If you can check all of the following, then you are eligible for a performance award in modern language study.
- Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.ed.gov.
A FAFSA must be on file with MSSU's Office of Financial Aid in order to determine allowable amounts for tuition, room and board. Note: Some links may direct you to sites not associated with our institution. These sites may offer general or specific information independent from the agencies that administer or support the programs above. MSSU or the Department of Modern Languages does not take responsibility for the content of these sites, attest to their validity or encourage memberships with them.
Declare a modern language major or minor.
We offer an award in the amount of up to$1,000 per year to those who have declared a major in either French or Spanish. Also, we offer up to $500 per year for those with a minor in Chinese, French, Japanese, or Spanish. (Only one award per person per semester.) Contact the departmental Adiministrative Assistant to decalre a major or minor.
Enroll as a full-time student.
Awards are given only to those who are enrolled in at least twelve hours during the semester for which the award is requested.
Enroll in at least one modern language class.
Each semester you must take at least one modern language class that relates to your major/minor.
Talk to your modern language advisor.
You must notify your advisor about any changes in your schedule. You will also need to report to them to ensure the renewal of your award for subsequent semesters.
Turn in an application for an MLPA.
Application form is available online when the registration period begins. You need to talk with your modern language advisor before you submit the form online.
Maintain good academic standing.
For our purposes, “good academic standing” refers to a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 and a GPA of at least 3.0 in your major/minor field. In addition, it refers to maintaining a 'B' grade in all modern language courses attempted.
Participate in departmental activities.
Recipients of an MLPA are required to attend the majority of the meetings of the language club associated with their major/minor and to participate in its activities. Also, attendance at any department-wide activities is required. In some cases, a recipient may be required to work a specified number of hours during the semester in the International Language Resource Center.
As a precautionary remark, however, you should be aware that beginning a semester with the award does not guarantee that you will keep it. If you fail to fulfil the obligations of the award, the funds provided may be removed, in which case the student is responsible for paying any remaining tuition and fees, and/or award eligibility for subsequent semesters could be affected.
The MLPA is renewed by the MLPA Committee as it reviews each student's academic standing and activities every semester. Students who meet the minimum requirements renew their awards when they respond to an e-mail sent from the department to their MSSU student accounts at the end of each semester.
When students do not meet the minimum requirements their awards will be rescinded and/or will be notified of changes to their award status. Status may vary between Funded Probation, Non-Funded Probation and Denied as described below.
- Funded Probation status is a situation in which a student did not meet one or more minimum requirements but is eligible to renew the award with approval and permission of the MLPA Committee on a case-by-case basis during a probationary semester. The student is obligated to meet minimum requirements and perform activities during or by the end of the probationary semester to be in good standing for the following semester. Two consecutive probationary semesters under this status may result in a Non-Funded Probation status during subsequent semesters.
- Non-funded Probation status is a situation in which a student did not meet one or more minimum requirements and is not eligible to renew the award during a probationary semester. The student is obligated to meet minimum requirements and perform activities as if s/he were receiving the award during the probationary semester to be in good standing for the following semester. Two consecutive probationary semesters under this status may result in a Denied status during subsequent semesters.
- Denied status is a situation in which a student does not meet one or more minimum requirements and cannot receive the award again due to consistent lack of academic progress.
Students should consult their modern language advisors in any one of the above cases and may appeal the MLPA Committee if circumstances beyond their control caused them to not meet the requirements or if department records appear to be in error.
In all cases of renewal or non-renewal, the MLPA Committee reserves the right to award or rescind the MLPA at its discretion as changes in available funds and/or requirements may occur.
TEACH Grant at Missouri Southern State University
The TEACH Grant program awards grants to students, who intend to teach, to help meet the cost of their postsecondary education.
- Up to $4,000 maximum per year
- Student must have and maintain cumulative 3.25 GPA (based on 4.0 scale)
- Student must be tentatively admitted to Teacher Education at MSSU to be eligible (junior/senior)
- Student must agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary/secondary school for at least 4 years within 8 years of completing the program. Otherwise, the grant converts to the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and requires repayment with interest.
- Each year, student must complete FAFSA, Agreement to Serve (ATS), and Teach Counseling (all online).
- Students who have already completed a Bachelor's degree in another field and return for a 2nd Bachelor's in a TEACH Grant eligible program, are NOT eligible to receive a TEACH Grant.
Low-income school directory: https://www.tcli.ed.gov
High-need fields: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.pdf
High-need fields are Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Modern Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, Special Education, and other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. (see Missouri shortage areas below)
MISSOURI effective April 2012
Family and Consumer Science
Gifted School Psychological Examiner
Science—Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Special Education – (K-12)