Student Scholarships

The Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) program has several scholarship accounts that are administered by the Missouri State Foundation. These accounts are managed by the Vice President of Student Affairs in consultation with the program faculty and administered without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. 

Students in need of support should review the criteria for each award and the instructions for applying below.

Don & Becky Aripoli Fund for NASPA Conference

This fund was established by Dr. Don Aripoli, who seeded the initial funds for the account. The purpose of the fund is to help a graduating student in the SAHE program to attend the NASPA Conference in their final semester. Students selected for this award may receive up to $500.00 and may use the award for transportation costs, hotel, meals, and conference registration. Receipts for allowable expenses would be submitted after the trip is completed and reimbursement would be authorized.

Kathy J. Davis Award

This award was established by Kathy Davis, who seeded the initial funds for the account. The purpose of the award is to allow a 2nd year graduate student in the SAHE program, who has demonstrated an interest in a career in academic advising to attend a professional development conference specifically for academic advising (i.e., NACADA or MACADA). Students selected for this award may receive up to $500.00 and may use the award for expenditures such as (but not limited to) conference registration fees, required travel and transportation, lodging, and meals. Receipts for allowable expenses would be submitted after the trip is completed and reimbursement would be authorized. To be considered for selection, the student must submit: a written philosophy statement reflecting their career interest in academic advising, a recommendation/letter of reference from a MSU academic advisor (faculty or staff), and a current curriculum vitae. Student should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

Paying It Forward Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. O. Gilbert Brown, who seeded the initial funds for the account. The purpose of the scholarship is to help with final costs associated with program completion and career placement for those students who are working full-time while pursuing an SAHE degree. Appropriate use of funds are: tuition and University fees needed for program completion, books and resources to pursue career advancement opportunities such as job interviews. This fund is not intended to be used for conference or other program travel that does not correlate with pursuing a career opportunity. Any travel related uses must correspond to career placement such as job interviews.

Instructions for Applying

Students interested in applying for any of the scholarships above should complete the SAHE Foundation Scholarships Application and submit it via email to the Vice President of Student Affairs at dsiscoe@missouristate.edu. Supplemental application materials (i.e., curriculum vita, recommendation letter, and/or philosophy statement) should be included in the same email, and preferably combined into a single PDF. Questions regarding students’ eligibility or the scholarship criteria should also be directed to the Vice President of Student Affairs.