Scholarships and Financial Aid

Supporting your educational goals

Since 1943, the Darr College of Agriculture has been awarding students academic scholarships during its Annual Banquet in the fall. Through the generous support of our donors, a large number of scholarships are made available for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an agriculture-related degree each year. These scholarships are designed to support your studies at Missouri State and reward excellence in both the community and the classroom. Each scholarship is listed below with more information about application requirements and award details.

Graduate assistantships

Some graduate assistantship positions are available within the College of Agriculture at both the Springfield and Mountain Grove campuses. Most positions at Mountain Grove are strictly research related, while graduate assistants on the Springfield campus may help conduct research and assist professors in lab and lecture courses. For more information about graduate assistantships offered in the College of Agriculture, contact the office at 417-836-5638. A complete listing of offices and departments that have graduate assistant positions is available through the Graduate College.

Additional University scholarships

You may also qualify for additional University-wide scholarships or financial aid. The office of student financial aid provides information about University scholarships, grants and loans.

FFA State Officer Scholarship

Value

$500, award number varies

Application

To apply for this scholarship, complete the scholarship application that coordinates with your current student status (i.e., freshman, upperclassman, graduate student, etc.). Your completed application must be submitted to the office of the Darr College of Agriculture by 5 p.m. on the designated fall deadline to be considered for the scholarship.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be a state FFA officer

This scholarship is awarded to all students who are serving as a state FFA officer.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

FFA Scholarship

Value

Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Application

To apply for this scholarship, complete the scholarship application that coordinates with your current student status (i.e., freshman, upperclassman, graduate student, etc.). Your completed application must be submitted to the office of the Darr College of Agriculture by 5 p.m. on the designated fall deadline to be considered for the scholarship.

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be a member of a FFA organization, with selection based on outstanding accomplishments within that group
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities, scholarship and academic achievements, and participation in high school FFA activities
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Vernon Renner Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major
  • Submit a proposal for a project in ecologically sustainable agriculture
  • Have taken courses in soils and crops
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Two scholarships are awarded to sophomore or junior students majoring in agronomy, who have demonstrated an interest in soil conservation or soil science. One scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore or junior student majoring in agronomy or wildlife conservation, who demonstrates an interest in ecologically sustaining agriculture. Three scholarships will be given to full-time sophomore or greater students majoring in agriculture with a GPA of 3.0.

 

Renewal criteria

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

Salute to Agriculture Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Demonstrate strength in the field of agriculture
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Farmers' Cooperative Livestock Marketing Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an animal science or agricultural business major
  • Be a sophomore of greater with an overall GPA of 2.5 and a departmental GPA of 3.0
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Preference is given to students who have participated in 4-H or FFA and are high school graduates from the following counties in Missouri: Barry, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, Stone, Taney, Webster, and Wrights.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically.  Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, an overall GPA of 2.5 and a departmental GPA of 3.0.

Marilyn R. Daniel Equine Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate animal science major with an equine studies minor
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Demonstrate high school academic performance, if you are an incoming freshman
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0, if you are a current student (sophomore or greater)
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

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

Arne Johnson Agriculture Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major with a horticulture or animal science emphasis
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Have a departmental GPA of 3.0

Renewal criteria

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

Agriculture Alumni Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership ability through involvements and background.

Academic performance will also be considered.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Craig E. Arnett Memorial Equestrian Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be an undergraduate full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be a junior or greater
  • Have an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0
  • Be a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Missouri State University Equestrian Team
  • Own an officially registered horse

Preference will be given to students who are planning careers in horse training or equine specialties.

Renewal criteria

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

Douglas W. Darr Leadership Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be an incoming freshman with demonstrated high school leadership and academic performance OR have a departmental GPA of 2.5 (preference given to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher) and leadership qualities

First preference is given to incoming freshmen, with second preference given to previous award recipients and third preference to other students meeting the above requirements.

Renewal criteria

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

Harry and Marion James Agronomy Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agronomy major with an emphasis in soil science
  • Be a junior or greater with an overall GPA of 2.5 and a departmental GPA of 3,0
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Students must maintain satisfactory academic performance and progress.

Howard Pyle Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an incoming freshman majoring in agriculture, with a preference for horticulture majors
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

 

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Anson Elliott Scholarship for Agricultural Leadership

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture major
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership ability through involvement and résumé

Academic performance will also be considered.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

The W. Anson Elliott Fund for Agriculture Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Demonstrate high school academic performance, if you are an incoming freshman
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0, if you are a current student

Renewal criteria

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

Gayle Ashley Horticulture Club Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate student who has completed at least 20 hours
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a departmental GPA of 2.75
  • Be an agriculture major, with preference given to horticulture majors or minors
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Preference for this scholarship is given first to students majoring in horticulture and active in the Horticulture Club. Second preference is given to students with a horticulture minor, who are also active in the Horticulture Club. Third preference is given to students majoring in horticulture, with fourth preference given to students seeking a minor in horticulture. Fifth preference is given to additional agriculture majors.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Craig E. Arnett Memorial Agricultural Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be an undergraduate full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be a junior or greater
  • Have an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0

Preference will be given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Planning a career in ranch management
  • Members of the cattleman's organization, Collegiate Farm Bureau or local Farm Bureau
  • Experience with cattle - shown cattle at a fair or a letter of reference from a ranch or farm attesting to your experience with cattle
  • Proof that you own your own registered cattle

Renewal criteria

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

Henry and Grace Carr Farm Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Have been or currently involved with 4-H or FFA

One scholarship is given to an incoming freshman, one scholarship is given to an upperclassman, and one scholarship is given to a transfer student.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

The Dr. J.N. Smith/FSC Financial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major at the sophomore level or greater
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0

Preference is given to students who meet one or more of the following specifications:

  • Declared major in agricultural marketing, agricultural finance and management, or agricultural enterprise management
  • Completed or in the process of taking AGB 394 or equivalent

Renewal criteria

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

Servi-Tech Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a sophomore or junior majoring in agriculture with an interest in production agriculture
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Academic performance is considered, but departmental performance and difficulty of courses taken in department is more heavily weighted. Work experience is also considered.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Jack Gordon Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a graduate of Galena High School in the top half of your class and have completed at least one course in vocational agriculture
  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

If there are no applicants from Galena High School, a recipient will be selected from students graduating from Crane High School or a school in the surrounding area.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Christian Robert Hirsch Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be a junior
  • Be a member of Alpha Gamma Gamma agriculture fraternity

Consideration for this scholarship is based on academic performance and leadership.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Helen Spangler Smith Agriculture Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major with satisfactory academic performance
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Norman Justus/SWVATA Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture education major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0

Incoming freshmen will be considered based on high school academic performance and leadership.

Renewal criteria

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

Glenn E. and Ruth Z. Karls Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Demonstrate academic excellence and leadership abilities
  • Have current or past involvement with FFA
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Benjamin Charles Kruse Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a freshman or incoming freshman
  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Demonstrate excellent high school performance and leadership

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

James P. and Margaret S. Landreth Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Demonstrate high school academic performance and leadership, if you are an incoming freshman
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0, if you are a current student
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

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

MFA, Inc. Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an upper-class (junior or senior) agriculture major
  • Demonstrate academic excellence
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

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

H. Lewis Miller Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an incoming freshman agriculture major
  • Demonstrate high school academic performance
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Missouri Farm Bureau Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Demonstrate high school academic performance and leadership, if you are an incoming freshman
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0, if you are a current student
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be a member or have family who are members of Missouri Farm Bureau

Preference will be given to sophomores or greater and those students who are active in Collegiate Farm Bureau.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Ed Pinegar Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a graduate of Willard High School
  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 OR demonstrate excellent high school academic performance and leadership, if you are an incoming freshman.

Renewal criteria

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

Einhellig Family Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Plant Science degree.

Renewal criteria

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

John Schatz Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a horticulture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be at least a sophomore

This scholarship will be awarded to a student with an agronomy major if no horticulture majors meet the requirements.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5.

Dennis and Phyllis Schmitt Graduate Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be admitted to the Master of Natural and Applied Sciences program
  • Declare a primary emphasis of animal science
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Renewal criteria

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

Stanlie H. and Belva Ross Spangler Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major
  • Demonstrate high school academic performance and leadership, if you are an incoming freshman
  • Have an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0, if you are a current student
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

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

David F. Stanke Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an animal science major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be an undergraduate sophomore or greater
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Charles and Patricia Stufflebeam Agricultural Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major, with preference given to animal science majors
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be at least a sophomore
  • Have a departmental GPA of 3.0

Renewal criteria

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

Robert F. Thomson, Jr. Memorial Family Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate animal science major with an interest in dairy science
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

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

Uncle Tom Watkins Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an undergraduate agriculture major
  • Be from southwest Missouri
  • Be involved in 4-H or FFA (past involvement considered)
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester

Renewal criteria

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

William H. Darr Graduate Assistantship in Agriculture

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be seeking a master's degree
  • Be enrolled in six hours
  • Be in good academic standing in master's level program

Preference is given to students seeking a master's degree in agriculture. Second preference is given to students currently teaching on a secondary level, who are returning to seek their master's degree.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Greene County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Selection criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be an agriculture major
  • Be assigned to an agriculture advisor
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in at least 12-hours for the current fall semester
  • Be a member of Collegiate Farm Bureau and demonstrate outstanding performance in the organization

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Irwin Farms Scholarship

Selection criteria

A student properly enrolled at Missouri State University seeking a degree in the William H. Darr College of Agriculture.  Students must have graduated from a high school located in Vernon or Barton County in Missouri.  Incoming freshman must have maintained a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher, and current students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Preference should be given to those students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business.  Preference should be given to students that have been active in high school FFA or 4H programs.  Top preference should be given to graduates of Bronaugh High School.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Jim and Kami Gollhofer Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at Missouri State University seeking a degree in the College of Agriculture.  The student must be a graduate of a Missouri high school with a graduating class of 50 students or less.  The student must be a first generation college student and demonstrate financial need.  Preference will be given to students demonstrating self-support through employment.

Renewal criteria

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

Quail Forever Gateway Chapter Scholarship

Selection criteria

Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student seeking a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Conservation Management that supports hunting as a responsible conservation method as demonstrated through a brief written statement within the online application.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Ben and Janis Fuqua Agriculture Scholarship

Selection criteria

No more than $1,000 will be awarded annually, either as a single $1,000 scholarship or two $500 scholarships to full-time students seeking degrees in the Darr College of Agriculture. Preference will be given to students seeking degrees in Environmental Plant Sciences or Natural Resources. Sophomores or greater must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Financial need is required.

Renewal criteria

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

The Dr. Bruce Johnson/Honor Society of Delta Tau Alpha Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Agriculture with a preference for members of Delta Tau Alpha. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and the student must have completed at least 60 credits hours.

Renewal criteria

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

S&H Farm Supply, Inc. Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a graduate or undergraduate student seeking a degree in the Darr College of Agriculture. First preference for students with financial need. Second preference for sophomores with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Liberty Bank Agricultural Business Scholarship

Selection criteria

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student seeking a degree in the Darr College of Agriculture. First preference will be for Agricultural Business Majors that graduated from high school within the Liberty Bank Service area, demonstrate financial need and work part-time. Second preference will be for students that graduated from high school outside the service area that are going to be sophomores or greater with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. If a student is not an Agricultural Business major they must have graduated from a high school within the Liberty Bank Service area.

Renewal criteria

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

Dennis M. and Janice K. Grisham Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to an upperclassman seeking a degree in the College of Agriculture. Preference will be given to Animal Sciece majors. Student must possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Preference for students with financial need.

Renewal criteria

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