Scholarships and Financial Aid

The physics, astronomy, and materials science department offers a number of scholarships, specifically for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in our department. These scholarships are designed to support your studies at Missouri State and reward excellence in both the community and the classroom.

You may also qualify for additional university-wide scholarships or financial aid. The office of financial aid provides information about university scholarships, grants and loans.

A number of graduate assistantships are made available each year to assist students with expenses while studying for advanced degrees at Missouri State University.

Thurman Family Scholarship

Selection criteria

The recipient of this award will be an undergraduate full-time student properly enrolled at Missouri State University. Recipient will be majoring in Physics and must have completed at least three credit hours of Physics courses at Missouri State University above the level of the first introductory calculus-based Physics course. Recipient must have an overall GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 and a GPA in the major greater than or equal to 3.0. Financial need is preferred, but not required. 

Renewal criteria

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

Thomas Cave Endowed Astronomy Scholarship

Selection criteria

The recipient(s) of this scholarship will be an undergraduate student(s) properly enrolled at Missouri State University, with a declared major in Physics with the Astronomy and Astrophysics option. Recipients of the scholarship will be enrolled at the sophomore level or higher and must have completed an introductory course in astronomy (AST 113, 114, or 115) prior to selections of the scholarship award. Recipients should also have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Physics, Astronomy, or Material Science courses. Scholarship awards will be made with first preference for those students with demonstrated financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Ozark Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Leo Day Scholarship

Selection criteria

Scholarships will be awarded annually to an incoming freshman properly enrolled full-time that is a US citizen majoring in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Pre-Engineering, or any other future degree option available through the Engineering Program.  The student must have a high school GPA of at least 3.0 and must submit a personal statement discussing their career goals and merit.  High school GPA, ACT score, curricular and extracurricular involvement, and high school class rank will also be considered.

Preference will be given to students submitting at least two letters of recommendation from high school instructors, advisors, or administrators.  Preference should also be given to applicants with a parent or grandparent that is a current or life member of the Ozark Chapter Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. This scholarship is automatically renewable for a second year as long as the student maintains enrollment in the Engineering Program.

1st Lieutenant Gary Finley Engineering Scholarship

Selection criteria

The Recipient of this award will be an undergraduate student properly enrolled full time at Missouri State University pursuing a career in engineering. When awarded to an incoming freshman, consideration will be given to high school performance, college potential, and leadership qualities. When awarded to a student enrolled at the sophomore level or higher the student must have maintained an overall grade point average of at least 3.2. Preference shall be given to a student enrolled in and/or participating in the Military Science/ROTC program.

Renewal criteria

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

Evelyn Ruark Leonard STEM Scholarship

Selection criteria

The Recipient of this award will be a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in one of the following science based majors: Math. Engineering. Physics, Chemistry or Biology. The student must be active within a student professional organization related to STEM. The student must have started an internship or undergraduate research (unless an Engineering major). The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. The scholarship can be continued through the student's graduate school course work should the student continue to meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.

Engineering Program Scholarships

Selection criteria

There are currently no requirements for this scholarship other than being a student seeking a degree in Engineering through the Cooperative Engineering Program

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

John W. Northrip Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior majoring in Physics with an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Andereck Family Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded to undergraduate student majoring in Physics, Physics Education, Engineering Physics or Astronomy.

Renewal criteria

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

Banks Family Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate majoring in the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Materials Science. For incoming freshmen consideration will be given to high school academic performance and leadership.  For sophomores or greater student must have overall GPA of 3.0 and a departmental GPA of 3.0.
 

Renewal criteria

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

Pre-engineering/Engineering Physics Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate majoring in an Engineering or Pre-Engineering field. Incoming freshmen considered based on high school academic performance and leadership. Sophomores or greater must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a departmental GPA of 3.0. Preference given to students demonstrating hands-on engineering aptitude.

Renewal criteria

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

Kenneth A. Soxman Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time student majoring in Physics with a departmental GPA of 3.0.  Must demonstrate a desire to teach high school physics.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Howard Petefish Award

Selection criteria

Awarded annually full-time student majoring in Physics.  Award given at end of student's junior year.  Must have overall GPA of 3.0 and a departmental GPA of 3.5.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Physics and Astronomy Department and Friends Scholarship

Value

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

Application

Complete the MSU Annual Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to students seeking a degree in either Physics, Engineering Physics, Physics Education, or a minor in Astronomy.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

For more information regarding the scholarships listed above, please contact the physics, astronomy and materials science department.

For general information regarding awards and scholarships, please contact the financial aid office.