Chemistry Department

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The chemistry department at Missouri State University offers many scholarships specifically for students pursuing a major, minor or graduate level degree in chemistry or one of its related programs. These scholarships are designed to support your studies at Missouri State and reward promise in the classroom and in future careers.


Graduate Assistantships

A number of graduate assistantships are made available each year to assist students with expenses while studying for advanced degrees at Missouri State University.  Students who are enrolled as non-degree seeking, special students, or in any other non-graduate degree enrollment classifications are ineligible for assistantships.

Benefits

The graduate assistantship in chemistry provides a student with a minimum stipend of $8,000 for the academic year (nine months).  A limited number of graduate assistantships are available during the summer.

Graduate assistants are eligible for a fee waiver scholarship of up to 15 graduate credit hours in each of the fall and spring and six hours in the summer semester.  Fee waivers are intended to cover primarily graduate courses.  Undergraduate courses related to one’s program of study may also be covered by the fee waiver.  Those receiving summer graduate assistantships receive a fee waiver scholarship of up to six hours of course work.

Requirements

Students who receive a graduate assistantship must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours of graduate level course work (600-700) during a regular semester.  Summer school graduate assistants must enroll for at least 3 graduate hours.  Students on a graduate assistantship must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for reappointment.

Application

To apply for a graduate assistantship in Chemistry, the student must submit an application and three letters of recommendation directly to the department.


Other aid opportunities

You may qualify for other University scholarships. The office of student financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans. Most scholarships at Missouri State University, including those designated for chemistry students, require the submission of a completed Missouri State scholarship application. Details about additional materials are included in the descriptions below.

Financial need is often considered in the awarding of scholarships, and is determined solely by your Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA).

Louise and Roland Harthcock Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time student in either the Department of Chemistry (selected during even numbered years) or on the Women's Intercollegiate Softball Team (selected during odd numbered years), with a recipient from Chemistry in even years and a recipient from Softball in odd years.  Incoming freshmen must be in the top 25% of their class and demonstrate leadership.  Sophomores or greater must have an overall GPA of 3.0. and Chemistry majors must have a departmental GPA of 3.25.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Dr. Robert W. Martin Research Fellowship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior Chemistry major with plans to pursue a graduate degree at Missouri State.  Consideration given to academic performance and research interest.

Renewal criteria

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

WEB and AOB Scholarship Award

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time student seeking a MS in Chemistry with an overall GPA of 3.0.  Student must submit a one page summary of their thesis project, and preference should go to those students with a project related to organic, medicinal, or environmental chemistry.

Renewal criteria

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

William J. Husa Chemistry Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior majoring in Chemistry with an overall GPA of 3.0.  Preference should be given to those with a demonstrated interest in a Chemistry Research that have taken or are enrolled in CHM 399 or 499.

Renewal criteria

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

Harriett H. Ford Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time incoming freshman who has completed an AP or IB Chemistry course or has won a science fair competition with a Chemistry related project.  Must have overall high school GPA of 3.2.  Must submit letter from high school chemistry teacher attesting to student's interest and commitment to Chemistry and confirming they meet the requirements.  Preference given to females.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Emil Lorz Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to juniors or greater majoring in Chemistry with at least 20 hours in Chemistry and a departmental GPA of 3.8 and an overall GPA of 3.5.  Must be enrolled in 15 hours.

Renewal criteria

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

Chemistry Department Scholarship Fund

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to Chemistry majors.  Must be a full-time chemistry major with 75 or more credit hours earned as of the end of semester in which applying.  Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Chemistry and overall (including transfer work).  Must have a minimum of 19 hours completed in Chemistry as of the end of semester in which applying.  Must be active in student organizations.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Foundation for Immunotoxicology Award

Selection criteria

Student must have completed 12 hours in their major (Biology or Chemistry) and have an overall GPA of 3.5. Applicants must be nominated through a letter of recommendation by a faculty member within the Department of Biology or the Department of Chemistry. Student must provide a personal statement discussing merits and future goals.

Renewal criteria

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

Robert Lloyd Ernst Chemistry Graduate Summer Assistantship

Selection criteria

Awarded to a graduate student in the Chemistry Department.  Preference given to student that can complete Masters degree with an additional summer of coursework.  Preference given to a student whose graduate advisor lacks funding for summer assistantships.  If all qualifications equal, preference given to a student demonstrating financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Doris C Lorz Scholarship Award

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or greater Chemistry major that has completed 20 hours in Chemistry and has a departmental GPA of 3.8 and an overall GPA of 3.5.  Must be enrolled in 15 hours. Consideration will be given to those involved in extracurricular activities

Renewal criteria

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

Chemistry Department Graduate Scholarships

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student during their third or fourth semester in the Chemistry graduate program with a GPA of 3.0.  Must have made significant research progress towards thesis confirmed by Research Advisor.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Wyman and Sue Grindstaff Chemical Education Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time undergraduate majoring in Chemistry with a minimum of 14 hours in chemistry courses complete.  Sophomores or higher must have a departmental GPA of 2.75.  Preference given to students demonstrating interest in Chemical Education.  All else equal, preference given to students demonstrating financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Eugene T. Scafe Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or greater majoring in Chemistry with an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0.  Must have 18 hours in Chemistry completed.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Students may receive the scholarship for up to two years as long as they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and are still an undergraduate.

Department of Chemistry Board of Advisors Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but scholarships are awarded in an amount equivalent to a summer graduate assistantship stipend.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to rising juniors, seniors, or graduate students seeking a degree in the chemistry department that are or are planning on pursuing graduate studies.  Student must be enrolled in one hour during the summer.  This award is competitive and consideration will be given to undergraduate academic performance, research interest, and potential to pursue graduate studies in chemistry. 

Renewal criteria

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

Robert S. Christie Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time Chemistry major that has worked in the chemical stockroom or in the research laboratory. If all qualifications equal preference given to student demonstrating financial need.

Renewal criteria

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