Scholarships and Financial Aid

Awarding outstanding students

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

Unless noted, all scholarships require at least the submission of the online MSU annual scholarship application by March 1. If additional application materials are required, the details are included within the scholarship’s description.

Philosophy Department Scholarships

Value

Amount varies year to year based on availability of funds, but is generally $250.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater philosophy major with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a departmental GPA of 3.4.

Jack Knight Endowed Scholarship

Selection criteria

The recipient of this award will be an undergraduate student in good academic standing. They must be enrolled full-time and be seeking a major with the Philosophy department.

The student will hold the scholarship for one academic year. It may be renewed, but the student must reapply and be considered with all other candidates.

Renewal criteria

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

William R. Brown Endowed Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater majoring in philosophy with an overall GPA of 3.4.

Renewal criteria

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

Robert Anthony Foster Philosophy Scholarship Fund

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time junior or greater majoring in philosophy with an overall GPA of 2.0 and a departmental GPA of 3.0. Preference given based on financial need.

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.