State Grants

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ACCESS Missouri Program 
Eligibility of funds is determined by the state based on financial need and other factors. To apply, students must complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application deadline is February 1st. To be considered for this award, a student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen, a resident of Missouri, undergraduate student, be enrolled full-time and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students majoring in Religion, Religious Education, Church Music, Ministry and Leadership or Worship Arts are ineligible for this grant. The current authorized award amount for the 2015-2016 academic year is a minimum of $1,500. More information on the ACCESS Missouri Program.

Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship Program
This scholarship was established for students who are employed while attending school part-time.  To be eligible, a student must: be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester hours) but less than full time (12 semester hours); be employed and compensated for at least 20 hours per week; be at least 18 years of age; demonstrate financial need; maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by Missouri Baptist University; be a Missouri resident and a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen; and not be pursuing a degree or certificate in Religion, Religious Education, Church Music, Ministry and Leadership or Worship Arts. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application deadline is April 1. More information on the Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship.

Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship (Bright Flight)
Missouri high school graduates who score in the top 5 percent of Missouri students on the ACT or SAT are eligible for this award. Students in the top 3 percent are eligible to receive $3,000, but the State of Missouri does not currently fund students in the 4th & 5th percentiles. Qualifying scores must be obtained by the June test date immediately following their senior year. More information on the gaining and keeping eligibility for this award can be found here: Bright Flight Program. You are also able to view your eligibility information by using MDHE’s Student Portal, which can be linked to from their information page on the Bright Flight Program. Students must be enrolled for at least 12 hours each semester to receive this scholarship for up to 10 semesters.

Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship
This scholarship is a competitive $3,000 per year award that can be renewed for up to four years, and is available through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship awards are contingent upon a match from Missouri Baptist University. Applicants must meet the following requirements: be enrolled in a program of study leading to certification in Missouri; be a Missouri resident; be African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic American or Native American; be a high school senior, college student or returning adult (without a baccalaureate degree) who rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class and score at or above the 75th percentile on the ACT or SAT exam or who have completed 30 college hours and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, OR individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are returning to an approved math or science teacher education program. Completed application packets must be submitted by February 15th. More information on the Minority Teaching Scholarship.

Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program
This scholarship is designed to assist academically talented minority and underrepresented individuals pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an environmental course of study. Award amounts vary each year, but the average award in 2013-2014 was $3,045. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here.

Additional State Programs for MBU Students
Advanced Placement Incentive Grant
Kids’ Change Scholarship Program
Public Service Officer or Employee’s Child Survivor Grant Program
Vietnam Veteran Survivor Grant Program