Missouri State University Foundation

Emergency Scholarship Fund

The Emergency Scholarship Fund was established to assist students that are impacted by the Joplin tornado and other disasters. This fund will help students earn their education, something that can never be taken away from them, not even by extreme wind and weather.


1. What are the criteria being used for awarding these scholarships?

All students applying for this emergency scholarship must meet the following general eligibility criteria:

  • Students must be currently enrolled full-time
  • Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (for current students, this does not apply to incoming freshmen who have no GPA)
  • Students can apply by going to the Office of Student Financial Aid where a specialized application is available.

Students seeking funds from the Emergency Scholarship Fund must fall into one of the following categories and must provide the following supporting documentation before awards can be granted:

  • Death of a Legal Guardian - The applicant must provide proof of the demise by submitting a copy of the death certificate, obituary or a note from the hospital or undertaker.
  • Natural Disaster - The applicant must provide a utility bill or report from insurance company.
  • Fire - The applicant must provide the police/firehouse report and/or insurance report.   

2. What is the money used for?

Scholarship funds are dispersed into the student’s University account. It is used for University expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and other University expenses. We want to support students in finishing their education, despite emergency situations.

3. Is it a onetime award, or something else?

Yes, it is a onetime award unless a student had an emergency situation (as explained above) more than once.

4. Are these loans or grants?

This is a scholarship, like a grant. The money is gratuitous; the student doesn't pay it back.

5. What happens to funds that are left over?

Because this scholarship is not limited to the Joplin tornado we can continue to award funds to students who have emergency situations. 

Give to the Emergency Scholarship Fund


Foundation Tax ID #43-1234200

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