Scholarships and Financial Aid

Funding your education

The theatre and dance department provides scholarships to help support your studies at Missouri State University. The department wants to help you receive as much financial support as possible and has created a listing of departmental scholarships that can help you fund your education.

You may also be eligible for scholarships through the College of Arts and Letters. The office of student financial aid provides information about Missouri State scholarships, grants and loans.

Applying for scholarships

You can apply for scholarships offered by the department of theatre and dance by completing the MSU Annual Scholarship Application, or if you are wanting to renew your scholarship complete the Returning Student Scholarship Application preferably by March 1. Please note that additional materials may be required depending on the scholarship. If a scholarship requires proof of financial need, you need to complete the Federal Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) by March 31.

Departmental scholarships

The department awards 16 $2,000 activity scholarships. Distribution amount and quantity is dependent upon the recommendation of the faculty.
There are also six $2,000 scholarships associated with the department’s student theatre troupe, In-School Players. These are assigned via an audition process held in the spring and require recipients to participate in In-School Players for a full year.

Some "out-of-state" tuition waivers are available. These are assigned by need and on the recommendation of the faculty. Students must reapply for fee waivers each semester, and must maintain a 3.0 GPA to qualify.

Graduate students may be interested in assistantship opportunities to offset the cost of school.

Scholarship list

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MSU Foundation Scholarships

MSU Foundation Scholarships are made possible through private gifts to the University made by individuals, groups or companies. They are awarded to students each year based on a wide range of criteria: college, major/minor, high school attended, outstanding academic achievement, leadership, financial need, etc.

The Search Tool will allow you to view available scholarships. You may search using keywords or the category search filter option, however you cannot apply for scholarships using the Search Tool.

For more information, including how to apply for all Foundation Scholarship opportunities by the April 1 deadline, please visit the MSU Foundation Scholarships.