Assistantships, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Awarding outstanding students

Scholarships are available to students pursuing a degree within the department of sociology and anthropology. These scholarships are designed to specifically support your studies at Missouri State. Typically, applications must be submitted during March (generally March 1) with scholarship recipients announced in April.

Other aid opportunities

You may also qualify for other University scholarships. The office of financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans.

Applying for a scholarship

Most scholarships at Missouri State University, including those designated for anthropology 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 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Donald D. Landon Public Affairs Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding. 

Application

Complete the MSU Annual Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students are required to submit the "Volunteerism & Community Service Essay" found in the Volunteer Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or greater with at least 60 credit hours that has a declared major in the Sociology or Anthropology with an overall GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students with financial need and demonstrating a record of service, leadership and public affairs through a one-page letter explaining their commitment to public service.

Renewal criteria

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

Dr. Lloyd R. Young Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding.

Application

Complete the MSU Annual Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 1.

Students are required to submit the "Volunteerism & Community Service Essay" found in the Volunteer Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time junior with at least 60 credit hours or a senior with at least 90 credit hours. Student must be majoring in Sociology or Anthropology with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Student must submit a one-page letter explaining their commitment to public service. Student must demonstrate financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Ravindra (Robin) and Alka Amonker Scholarship

Value

Either a single $2,000 scholarship or two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Application

Complete the MSU Annual Scholarship Application by March 1.

Students are required to submit the "Volunteerism & Community Service Essay" found in the Volunteer Section of the Departmental and General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time junior or senior with at least 60 credit hours majoring in Sociology or Anthropology. Student must have an overall GPA of 3.0. Preference given to students demonstrating a record of service, leadership and qualities consistent with the goal of Missouri State University's public affairs mission as shown through a one page letter explaining experience and commitment to service and volunteering.

Renewal criteria

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

Walter O. Cralle Memorial Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $3,275.

Application

Students are required to submit the "Walter O. Cralle Essay" found in the Sociology and Anthropology Section of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Page within the General Online Scholarship Application.

Students are required to submit two letters of recommendation.  Students can submit letters of recommendation from faculty members within the Department of Sociology and Anthropology using the "Sociology and Anthropology Letter of Recommendation Form" found in the Sociology and Anthropology Section of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs Page within the General Online Scholarship Application.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student seeking a major in Sociology, Social Work or Anthropology or minoring in Anthropology that has at least 60 credit hours. Student must have an overall GPA of 3.5. Student must submit two letters of recommendation from faculty members within one of the applicable departments, and the required Walter O. Cralle Memorial Scholarship Essay.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Wrench, Hamilton, and Lubensky Memorial Scholarship

Value

The award is $1,000 annually ($500 each semester).

Application

Applications for the 2018–2019 academic year are due no later than May 31, 2018. Download the Wrench, Hamilton, and Lubensky Research Scholarship Application.

Along with this form, each applicant must submit a one-page essay detailing plans for a project and the name of the mentoring faculty member. Send this form and the essay by May 31 to:
Missouri Archaeological Society
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
or via email to: mas@missouristate.edu

Selection criteria

The recipient must work with a mentor at their institution to develop and implement an archaeological research project relative to regional archaeology. The winner will also be required to write a short article regarding the project for the MAS Quarterly. Applications are due by May 31.