The Honors Program at Missouri Southern State University exists to encourage academic excellence by providing special opportunities and challenges for exceptional students.
Entrance into the program is by invitation. Because admission is selective and competitive, classes normally are smaller than regular classes, permitting Honors students to enjoy interaction with other outstanding students in an informal atmosphere conducive to exciting and challenging discussions.
To be accepted to the Honors Program:
To be eligible for Evans scholarship (tuition + room/board paid), the requirements are:
Both scholarships are not guaranteed but are awarded on a competitive basis as funding allows.
For more information, visit the Honors website.
To contact the Honors Department:
Presidential Scholarships are awarded directly to entering first-time freshmen by Missouri Southern on the basis of ACT composite score and class rank with an Admission Index number of 160 or higher.
Have your Official High School Transcript with ACT Score and Class rank sent to the International Admissions Office.
Contact the Scholarship Office at 417-625-3161 if your index number is 160 or above and you have not received a Presidential Scholarship acceptance certificate.
$1,750 per academic year.
Excellence Scholarships are awarded directly to entering first-time freshmen by Missouri Southern on the basis of ACT composite score and class rank with an Admission Index number of 140 – 159. If your index number is 160 or higher, see section on Presidential Scholarship. Have your Official High School Transcript with ACT Score and class rank sent to the Admissions Office.
To verify receipt of your transcript, contact the International Admissions Office. Contact the Scholarship Office at 417-625-3161 if your index number is 140-159 and you have not received an Excellence Scholarship acceptance certificate.
$1,300 per academic year.
Patron's Scholarships are open to any student attending Missouri Southern State University who shows scholastic ability or financial need. Application for Federal Aid is not required for a Patron Scholarship. These scholarships are issued on a yearly basis and recipients must enroll in and successfully complete 12 hours each semester with at least a 2.5 g.p.a. during the first semester and must earn a 3.0 g.p.a./semester each semester thereafter unless stated otherwise in the Donor's eligibility criteria.
$50.00 to $2,500.00 per academic year.
Scholarship Office by March 1st (late application will be considered). You may fill out the form online.
The International Student Performance Award Competition is open to international students after completion of one semester at MSSU. The International Student Performance Award is made available only to non-immigrant students on F-1 visas who are ineligible to receive federal funding. The International Student Performance Award is made available only to full-time, degree-seeking students at Missouri Southern State University. The student must be in status as determined by the International Student Advisor in order to receive an International Student Performance Award.
Exact deadlines will be set each semester, and students are encouraged to apply early.
Due to processing schedules,applications submitted after the set deadlines will only be considered on a case by case basis.
How are the awards determined?
Funds will be awarded to students on a competitive basis, using academic achievement and the overall quality of the application as the guidelines for evaluation. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.
Awards will be applied against the student’s MSSU account; the amount of the International Student Performance Award cannot exceed the balance of unpaid tuition on the student’s account.
Who determines the awards?
There are two categories of awards – $362.50 (50 hours) and $543.75 (75 hours) due to the minimum wage increase to $7.25/hr on July 24, 2009. The amount of the award will be determined by the Institute of International Studies. In the case where the unpaid balance on the student’s account is below $362.50, the amount of the award will be adjusted accordingly.
Students who wish to reapply for the International Student Performance Award must do so by submitting a new application each semester. If the student has received an award in the past, he or she must submit a recommendation from the supervising faculty member in lieu of an essay.
Before a student can be considered for a renewal of an International Student Performance Award, all time sheets must be submitted to the Secretary of the Institute of International Studies, WH 337C.
Work assignments for the International Student Performance Awards are made at the discretion of the Institute of International Studies.
Departmental performing awards require the recipient to participate in the activities stipulated by the awarding department. These awards are on a competitive basis to students who qualify.
Applicants are required to submit a formal application and may be required to submit a portfolio of information or audition for the award.
Recipients must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours) and must meet the departmental required Grade Point Average (GPA) in order to reapply for the awards.
Applicants are not required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, however, they are encouraged to apply.
These awards are not available for the Summer Session unless approved by the Director of Student Financial Aid. Applications should be submitted to the department or the office specified.
For more information about specific departmental awards, visit: Learn more about Financial Aid Scholarships.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship:
Membership in PTK, 3.5 GPA and 42 transfer credit hours; 25 available awards per year
$2,000 per academic year ($1,000 per semester)
Board of Governor’s Transfer Scholarship:
3.5 GPA, 42 transfer credit hours
$1,500 per academic year ($750 per semester)
University Academic Transfer Scholarship
Requirements: 3.25 GPA and 42 transfer credit hours
Value: $1,000 per academic year ($500 per semester)
2.75 GPA and 24 transfer credit hours
$800 per academic year ($400 per semester)
Non-Resident Service Area Transfer Scholarship
2.5 GPA and 24 transfer credit hours
Equivalent to the non-resident portion of tuition for 15 credit hours per semester. Student must be transferring from or a resident of the MSSU Service Area which includes certain counties in Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. These counties are listed at www.mssu.edu/finaid or call 417-625-3161.
Midwest Student Exchange Program
Transfer students must have a 2.5 GPA at time of enrollment and be an resident of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, or Wisconsin. Indiana may be added for Fall. Some counties in Kansas are in the MSSU Service Area and may be eligible for the Non-resident Service Area Transfer Scholarship above.
One-half of the out of state portion of tuition for 15 credit hours per semester.