Scholarships and Financial Aid

Helping to support you

The computer science department provides scholarships for you to receive financial assistance to support your studies at Missouri State University. Students in computer science may also be eligible for additional scholarships that are offered by the University .


The office of financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans to help fund your education. If a scholarship requires proof of financial need, you need to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.

Unless noted, all scholarships require at least the submission of the online General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1. Please carefully review departmental scholarship requirements prior to submission.

Boeing Software Engineering Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time computer science major
  • Be at least a sophomore
  • Be a member of the Missouri State chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery
  • Have an overall and departmental GPA of 3.20

Preference is given to United States citizens.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Cerner Corporation Computer Science Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or senior Computer Science major with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Computer Science Department Scholarships

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must: 

  • Be a full-time computer science major

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Dr. Eric Shade Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

The recipient of this award will be an undergraduate student properly enrolled as a Computer Science major at Missouri State University. Recipient must have an overall GPA great than or equal to 3.5. Recipient must have a membership in the Association for Computing Machinery. Preference should be given to a lower classman. Recipient must have been a member of the Association for Computing Machinery team the previous November. Should a team from Missouri State not have competed in the Association for Computing Machinery competition the previous November than scholarship selection committee may select a recipient meeting all other requirements who has shown interest in programming languages.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. 

Mel Foster Computer Science Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time computer science major
  • Have completed fewer than 46 hours

Special consideration goes to freshmen who have completed CSC 131 and at most CSC 232 (or their equivalent courses).

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Pete Sanderson Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the recipient must:

  • Be a full-time computer science major
  • Have completed fewer than 46 hours

Special consideration goes to freshmen who have completed CSC 131 and at most CSC 232 (or their equivalent courses).

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Rich and Cindy Miller Scholarship

Selection criteria

Scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to undergraduate or graduate students properly enrolled full-time at Missouri State University seeking a degree within the Department of Computer Science. Eligible candidates must be in good academic standing. Demonstrated financial need is preferred as recipients who are first generation college students.

The recipient will hold the scholarship for one academic year. The scholarship may be renewed, but student must reapply. Student must be enrolled full-time both regular semesters (fall, spring) to receive the full award for the academic year, and successfully complete at least one Computer Science course toward their degree each semester.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal.