Scholarships and Financial Aid

Funding your education

The political science department provides scholarships to help support your studies at Missouri State University. The department wants to help you receive as much financial support as possible and has created a listing of departmental scholarships that can help you fund your political science education.

You can apply for scholarships offered by the department of political science, by first completing the General and Departmental Scholarship Application, preferably by March 1. Please note that additional materials may be required depending on the scholarship. If a scholarship requires proof of financial need, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb.15.

In addition to scholarships offered by the department, you may also be eligible for scholarships through the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and additional scholarships that are offered by the University.

Lee and Wanda Holden Scholarship

Selection criteria

$1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to full-time juniors or seniors seeking degrees in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs in either the History or Political Science Departments.  Preference will be given to students from Birch Tree, MO or Mountain View, MO.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and preference will be given to students with financial need. Recipients must exhibit potential for a career in public service and recognize the responsibility to give back; qualities consistent with the legacy of Dr. David Heinlein, who was dedicated to public affairs long before it became the official mission of the University, and the legacy of Dr. Alice Bartee, who served as a model and mentor for students interested in serving the public good.  Evidence of this commitment will be outlined in an essay discussing the student's commitment to service.

Renewal criteria

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

Robert and Lynette Foster Political Science Scholarship Fund

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or senior majoring in Political Science.  Student must have a cumulative and departmental GPA of 3.0.  Preference should be given to the student with the greatest financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Curl Scholarship in Political Science

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater Political Science major with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.5 in Political Science. Awards will be made in regard to financial need, and preference will be given to students from rural or small towns in Southwest Missouri.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Frank Dinka Comparative Politics Scholarship in the Department of Political Science

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time junior or greater majoring in Political Science with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.2 in Political Science. Applicant must be enrolled in at least 12 hours of Political Science or Comparative Politics courses at time of application. Preference will be given based on financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

H.D. Harmon Scholarship

Value

This scholarship is shared between the Political Science and History Department.  During even academic years (i.e. 2012 - 2013) the scholarship will be awarded by the History Department.  During odd academic years (i.e. 2011 - 2012) the scholarship will be awarded by the Political Science Department.

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $1,400 - $1,500.

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.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time student enrolled as a sophomore or greater majoring in History or Political Science with an overall GPA of 3.0.  Awarded with regard to financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

PLS Alumni Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded to an undergraduate with a declared major in the Dept. of Political Science at MSU. Must be sophomore level or higher and have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours including 12 hours of political science courses, with a minimum GPA in political science of 3.5. Must be enrolled 12 hours a semester, and student must reapply to renew.

Renewal criteria

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

Andrea and Stephen Bough Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time student majoring in Political Science.

Renewal criteria

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

Kant Patel Scholarship in Public Affairs

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students must submit either the "Volunteer and Community Service Essay" or the "Public Affairs Role Essay" found in the Volunteer and Public Affairs Sections of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater majoring in Public Administration or Political Science with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a departmental GPA in their major of 3.3. Student must have completed at least 12 hours in their major. Student should have demonstrated commitment to public affairs or show potential for such a commitment.

Renewal criteria

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

Political Science Book Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for less than $100 and are meant to serve as a supplement to some text book costs.

 

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time junior or greater majoring in Political Science with an overall GPA of 2.5.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Horace Haseltine Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or greater Pre-Law student.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Heinlein International Affairs Scholarship in the Department of Political Science

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time junior or greater majoring in the Department of Political Science with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a departmental GPA of 3.2. Must be enrolled in 12 hours of Political Science or International Relations. Preference given based on financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Judge Jack A. Powell Endowed Scholarship Fund

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $700.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students should indicate an interest in pursuing a Law Degree in the Pre-Professional Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student pursuing a career in law leading to a PHD or JD. Consideration will be given to a junior or greater with an overall GPA of 3.0 that demonstrates leadership, is involved in extracurricular activities, and is likely to make a worthwhile contribution to society and the legal community.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. If a student receives the scholarship during their junior year, the scholarship is automatically renewed for the student's senior year if they maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Alice Bartee Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $450 - $500.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students should indicate an interest in pursuing a Graduate or Law Degree in the Pre-Professional Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time senior majoring in Political Science with the highest overall GPA that is planning to enroll in graduate school or law school.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Frank Mazzella Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a graduate student accepted in the Master in International Affairs and Administration program enrolled in 6 hours. Must have undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students with an emphasis in International Relations and Administration or Comparative Political Systems and to students with financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Olivia N. Bischler Scholarship

Selection criteria

The recipient of this award will be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student seeking a degree in the Political Science Department at Missouri State University. When awarded to an incoming freshman consideration will be given to high school performance, college potential as indicated by aptitude tests and leadership qualities. When awarded to sophomores or greater the student must be in good academic standing (i.e. never been placed on probation or suspension for academic or disciplinary reasons). In addition, the student should have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in their major. Students that promote cultural diversity at the Missouri State University campus should receive priority before all other applicants. In addition, financial need will be considered.

Renewal criteria

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