Scholarships and Financial Aid

The department of psychology provides many opportunities for you to receive financial assistance to support your studies at Missouri State University. The descriptions below concern scholarship opportunities specific for the department of psychology. You may also qualify for additional University scholarships. The office of financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans.

If students are just interested in Psychology scholarships they should access Scholarship Manager (see directions below):

  1. Students can go the My Missouri State Portal and log-in to access Scholarship Manager.
  2. Once they have logged into the My Missouri State Portal students will select the PROFILE tab along the top, find the FINANCIAL AID channel within the tab, and select GENERAL AND DEPARTMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION. This will automatically log them into Scholarship Manager.
  3. Fill out the General Information Section on Pages 1-6.
    Fill out Page 7 if they are or are going to be a Graduate Student.
    Fill out the College of Health and Human Services Section on Page 9.
    Fill out the Psychology Section on Page 14.

Unless noted differently, all scholarship applications should be submitted by March 15. If materials in addition to the online application are required, these should be sent to:

Scholarship Committee
Psychology Department
Missouri State University
Hill Hall 109
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897

Arbuckle Leadership Award

Value

The amount available for the scholarship will be determined by the interest earned by the fund in the year preceding the award. A maximum of five yearly scholarships may be awarded. Awards will be made without regard for financial aid.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

You must provide two letters of support through the online application:

  • one letter from a Missouri State University psychology faculty member
  • one letter from: (1) a faculty supervisor for research; (2) a psychology advisor coordinator; and (3) the sponsor of PsiChi, Psychology Club OR from a person who has supervised your service at Missouri State or in the Springfield community

Selection criteria

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be enrolled as an undergraduate sophomore level or higher seeking a degree within the Department of Psychology OR be admitted to the Master of Science in Psychology program.

Awards may be made for each of these areas:

  • research
  • peer advisement
  • service to PsiChi/Psychology Club, Missouri State University or the Springfield community

Students must submit two letters of recommendation:

  • one letter from a Missouri State University psychology faculty member
  • one letter from: (1) a faculty supervisor for research; (2) a psychology advisor coordinator; and (3) the sponsor of PsiChi, Psychology Club OR from a person who has supervised your service at Missouri State or in the Springfield community

Renewal criteria

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

Bryan Scot Schowengerdt Memorial Scholarship

Value

The value of the scholarship depends on the endowment’s earnings. Generally, the value is approximately $550 per academic year.

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. 15.

Funding

This scholarship has been established in memory of Bryan Scot Schowengerdt, who was a psychology major at Missouri State.

Selection criteria

The recipient must meet the following criteria:

  • be a full-time student
  • be at least a sophomore
  • be a psychology major
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • have financial need

Preference is given to a Missouri resident from Bates County.

Renewal criteria

The recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress and must reapply each year.

Hom Family Scholarship

Selection criteria

Scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to a student(s) to students enrolled in at least 12 hours each semester at Missouri State University that:

  • Are psychology majors
  • That have completed 45 hours
  • That have minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Accepted for participation in an international study away program, approved by the international education office located in University College, for the fall or spring semester of the academic year following the application.
  • Are active members of the Missouri State Psychology Club

Consideration will be given to college academic achievement, and leadership experiences. Awards will be made without regard for financial need.

It is expected that the recipient of this scholarship shall, upon return from the study away program, be available to make an oral presentation to the Psychology Club as well as to write an article for inclusion in departmental newsletters and publications, summarizing and reflecting upon the study away experience.

If no students are eligible during a funding cycle, funds will be carried over into the next funding cycle.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Additional information

If you receive this scholarship, you are expected to make an oral presentation to the Psychology Club and to write an article for the department of psychology’s newsletter summarizing your study away experience.

Jennifer L. Stewart Memorial Psychology Scholarship

Selection criteria

Scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to a Missouri State University graduate student(s) admitted to the program for a master's degree in psychology. First preference will be given to a student pursuing the clinical psychology track. Other criteria to consider:

  • statement of career objectives in psychology, with preference for careers involving children and/or young adults
  • undergraduate 3.25 GPA in at least 20 semester hours OR graduate 3.25 GPA in psychology OR a combination of either.

Recipients must be enrolled in at least six (6) graduate hours each semester. Awards will be made with preference for students with financial need. If all other criteria among applicants are equal, preference would be that the recipient(s) NOT also hold a graduate assistantship, except in cases of extreme financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Larry and Meredith Bass Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

A single $250 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student properly enrolled at Missouri State University seeking a degree in the Psychology Department.  The student must be a sophomore or greater with a cumulative and departmental GPA of at least 3.3.  Students must have a desire to seek a PsyD or PHD in Psychology, and must attest to such an interest in a written personal statement.  All else equal, preference will be given to students with financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Lea Landon Scholarship

Value

The value of the scholarship is $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. 15.

Student must submit a one-page letter explaining their commitment to the service, leadership, and public affairs within the field.  This can be done in the Public Affairs section of the online application.

Funding

This scholarship has been established in honor of Lea Landon, who has been involved with the aging population for more than thirty years and recognizes the need for more and better education persons in the fields of gerontology and health care.

Selection criteria

The recipient must meet the following criteria:

  • be a gerontology major, though nursing majors may also be considered.
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • have completed at least 60 credit hours at the time of application
  • be a full-time student when applying and using the scholarship

Renewal criteria

Not renewable.

Lillian and Julius Fisher Memorial Gerontology Scholarship

Value

The value of the scholarship is $1,000.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students must submit 1,000 word essay discussing their merits in academic, campus activities, service to the field of gerontology, leadership, and community service, as well as a brief description of their career goals and how their experiences have enhanced their career potential.  This essay can be found within the online application.

Student should also submit electronically, using the forms available in the Psychology Section of the College of Health and Human Services Page, two letters of recommendation.

Funding

This scholarship has been established as a lasting tribute to Lillian and Julius Fisher, who believe that college allowed people to make a better life for themselves.

Selection criteria

The recipient must meet the following criteria:

  • be a gerontology major
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25
  • have completed at least 60 credit hours at the time of application
  • be a full-time student when applying and using the scholarship

Students must submit 1,000 word essay discussing their merits in academic, campus activities, service to the field of gerontology, leadership, and community service, as well as a brief description of their career goals and how their experiences have enhanced their career potential.  Students must also submit two letters of recommendation.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Louis Henry and Seryl Ethel Fisher Community Service Scholarship

Value

The value of the scholarship is $1,000.

Application

Applications are available through the Gerontology Office, located in Professional Building Suite 229. You must also submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement (details provided on application). Applications must be received by November 1, 2013.  Applications are submitted in the fall semester to either the Gerontology Office, located in Professional Building Suite 229 or to the Psychology Office, located in Hill Hall 109.  Scholarships are awarded in their entirety in the spring semester.

Funding

This scholarship has been established to honor Louis and Seryl Fisher who believe strongly in the merits of community service.  It is their hope that recipients will strive to be living expressions of the public affairs mission of the university both during and after their pursuit of a degree in higher education.

Selection criteria

The recipient must meet the following criteria:

  • be a gerontology or psychology major
  • be a full-time student when applying for or using award
  • completed 60 credit hours
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Mary C. Schulte Scholarship

Value

The value of the scholarship depends on the endowment’s earnings and the number of scholarships awarded. Generally, the value is approximately $1,275.00 per academic year.

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. 15.

Funding

This scholarship was made available through the support of David J. and Mary C. Schulte.

Selection criteria

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.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Maxwell Research Award

Value

The amount available for the scholarship will be determined by the interest earned by the fund in the year preceding the award.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

You must submit an APA style article to the committee for consideration within the Scholarship Application.  The space to do this can be found in the Psychology Section of the application on the College of Health and Human Services Page.  Students can simply Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V).

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • admitted as a psychology or gerontology major
  • conceive and conduct an original research project during 15 months prior to the award being made
  • submit at APA style article to the committee for consideration

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Psychology Department Scholarship

Value

Varies year to year depending on the availability of funding.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Funding

This fund is provided through annual and one-time gifts from alumni and friends of the Psychology Department.

Selection criteria

Awarded to students who are majoring in Psychology. Students must have a Psychology GPA and overall GPA of at least 3.25, include a personal statement, and have two (or more) letters of recommendation. Preference will be given to those who include a writing sample. The same recipient can receive repeated funding from this award.

Renewal criteria

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

Additional information

This fund is used to give individuals scholarships or supplement the awarding of other scholarships.  If no funds are available or additional awards and support are unnecessary, the fund might not be used during an awarding cycle.

Richard and Virginia Wilkinson Psychology Scholarship

Value

The value of the scholarship depends on the endowment’s earnings and the number of scholarships awarded. Generally, the value is approximately $1050 per academic year.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Funding

This scholarship has been established by Richard and Virginia Wilkinson. Dr. Richard Wilkinson was a Professor  Emeritus of Psychology.

Selection criteria

  1. Scholarship(s) will be awarded to a student(s) enrolled at Missouri State University who aspires to and who shows promise for admission to a Ph.D. program in an area of psychology other than clinical psychology. First priority award(s) will be made to a senior. Second priority award(s) may be made to a junior. Third priority award(s) may be made to a student(s) who is enrolled in the Master of Science in Psychology-General track, Psychology-Industrial/Organizational Program or other Missouri State graduate programs effectively preparing the student to pursue a Ph.D. program, excluding clinical and counseling psychology. In the event that Missouri State begins to offer a Ph.D. program in psychology, the scholarship(s) will be restricted to a student(s) aspiring to or enrolled in Missouri State's Ph.D. program in an area of psychology other than clinical or counseling psychology.
  2. In addition, the recipient must be academically superior in psychology and also should (a) be superior in personality, character, and sensitivity to human relations, (b) show evidence of creative or original thinking, or (c) both. The recipient must be interested in pursuing a doctoral degree and in conducting research directed toward applying psychology to various human needs and services. Such needs and services include, but are not limited to, wellness, mental health, religion and ethics, community functions, psychoneurology, psychobiology, psychopharmacology, psychogerontology, educational psychology and psychological issues in peace.

Students interested in clinical psychology are NOT eligible for this scholarship.

Renewal criteria

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