Awards and Scholarships

Department Scholarships

Chapman Scholars in Religion
Each year the department gives two awards to majors for their accomplishments in the study of religion and their contributions to the program in Religious Studies. These awards have been made possible by a gift to the department from Dr. Charles L. and Paula Chapman.

The Community Service Scholarship
The department also awards one or two scholarships each year to students who have demonstrated a commitment to public service. Majors, minors, and masters degree students are eligible. Nomination forms are available at the department office. A gift from Elizabeth MacKenzie in honor of her father allowed the department to establish this award.

MU and Arts & Science Programs

The Undergraduate Research Mentorship encourages undergraduate students to work actively with faculty mentors. A&S students with 50-75 hours of course work and at least a 3.25 GPA are eligible to apply. 

McNair Program
One of the most exciting aspects of the McNair Program is the opportunity for undergraduate students at the junior and senior levels to participate in research experiences.

Interns receive a stipend to conduct research and engage in other scholarly activities with faculty mentors from the areas in which they hope to pursue graduate study. McNair Scholars also attend professional conferences with their mentors, go to graduate school fairs, prepare for graduate school entrance exams, receive guidance through the graduate school application process and obtain information on securing fellowships, graduate assistantships, and loans. Participants learn about graduate school life, advanced library skills, and effective ways to present their work.

At the completion of the research internships at MU, McNair scholars make formal presentations of their research to faculty and peers at the McNair Scholars Conference and submit papers summarizing their work.

Students who are in their freshman and sophomore years are considered recruits and participate in a pre-intern program. They learn about the opportunities associated with having a doctoral education, what research and scholarly activity entail, and what they should do as underclassmen to prepare to become McNair Scholars.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Mentorships

For help with the following scholarships, see the MU Fellowships Office.

Truman Scholarships provide generous funding, beginning in the junior year, for students who plan to pursue a career in government. At least one is selected from the state of Missouri each year, and 105 are selected nationwide. Because selection is made during the fall semester of the sophomore year, students should begin preparing as freshmen. Applications are usually due November 1.

Rhodes Scholarships provide funding for two years of study at Oxford University in England. Selection is usually made during the fall semester of the senior year. Applications are usually due November 1.

Fulbright Scholarships provide funding for research and study in other countries. Selection is usually made during the senior year or thereafter. Applications are due in June or September, depending on the country, for study a year later.

Rotary Scholarships, provided by Rotary Clubs, allow a year's study in a country that has Rotary Clubs. Applications are usually due to local Rotary clubs by June for study a year later.

Foreign Language Scholarships, open to majors who want to develop a high level of ability in a language, is a two-year award by the Air Force ROTC.