Endowed Scholarships

Southeast Missouri State University offers a number of Endowed and Restricted Scholarships to support students’ academic endeavors. These scholarships are awarded based on criteria established by donors who have generously given to support Southeast students.

Many of these scholarships are open to International Students at Southeast Missouri State University. Several scholarships are available specifically to International Students.

Below are descriptions of the Endowed and Restricted Scholarships that are specifically for International Students.

Applying for Endowed and Restricted Scholarships is a three-step process.

  1. Go to MySoutheast Portal and click on Endowed Scholarship Application.
  2. Complete the general application so that you will be considered for all scholarships you meet the criteria for. You will then be directed to a list of scholarships that require additional information.
  3. Find the names of any scholarships (listed below) for which you meet the criteria. Click on each name and complete the additional information requested.

You must apply for Endowed and Restricted Scholarships no later than March 1.

This scholarship was established by Mrs. Firooz-Hekmat and friends in honor of Dr. Firooz Hekmat. Dr. Firooz Hekmat, born in Tehran, Iran, was a Professor of Marketing at Southeast Missouri State University from 1983 until 1995. Dr. Hekmat was a strong advocate of student learning and becoming the best possible at whatever was attempted.

First preference will be given to an international student who has completed a minimum of 60 hours with a declared major in Marketing or International Business with a minor in Marketing. Second preference will be given to an American student participating in one of the Harrison College of Business' approved international programs. Third preference will be given to a student participating in one of the approved International Business Study Tours. Financial need shall be a consideration.

This scholarship is awarded for University fees. Along with the required application, the scholarship selection committee will interview the top candidates before making the award. The Marketing Department Chairperson, Director of the International Business Programs, and one appointed faculty member of the Harrison College of Business will serve as the scholarship selection committee.
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This scholarship was established to honor William and Bernice Heyde, the parents of Dr. Adelaide Parsons. Dr. Parsons was a faculty member in the English department and Director of International Programs. Dr. Parsons holds faculty and director emeritus status at Southeast Missouri State University.

This scholarship shall be divided equally each year into two separate awards. One scholarship shall be awarded to a study-abroad applicant. The other scholarship shall be awarded to an international student studying at Southeast Missouri State University. The recipient must have a 3.0 GPA with 30 hours of coursework completed prior to applying for this scholarship.
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This scholarship was established by Professor Grace V. Hoover who had a distinguished 30 year career at Southeast Missouri State University. She was chairperson of the Department of Home Economics for 25 years. She was also instrumental in establishing the University's Child Study Center, the Elderhostel Program, the Work and Family Institute, and many other programs. Professor Hoover received many honors and awards for her work including the College of Social Science Outstanding Service Award and the Faculty Merit Award.

The Hoover Scholarship is awarded to an international student majoring in the human environmental studies program at the undergraduate or graduate level. The recipient must have completed 30 hours with a GPA of 2.5. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA.
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The donor of this scholarship grew up in Lahore, Pakistan and received his Mechanical and Manufacturing Systems degree with Honors and Academic Distinction from Southeast Missouri State University in May 2015.

The recipient of the scholarship must be an International Student who has completed at least one semester at Southeast Missouri State University, with a preference for a female international student who is deserving of financial assistance. One page personal essay and GPA of 2.75 are required. This scholarship is not renewable.
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Dr. Dieter Jedan served as chairperson of Global Cultures & Languages for 20 years, and his wife, Nancy, taught for several years in Marketing & Management. While department chairperson, Dr. Jedan initiated bilateral exchange agreements with universities in Germany, France, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Ecuador. The Jedans stressed the importance of international study.

The goal of this endowed scholarship is to: (1) Assist and encourage international students from the department’s bilateral exchange partner universities to study at Southeast Missouri State University; and (2) Provide Southeast students the opportunity to meet with, learn from, and start friendships with these incoming students and thereby be encouraged to study abroad.

Recipients of this scholarship shall be non-degree seeking international exchange students enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University from the following universities with which the Department of Global Cultures and Languages currently has exchange agreements*:

Université d’Angers - Angers France
Universidad de Costa Rica, Turrialba Campus - Turrialba, Costa Rica
Universidad de Las Americas, Quito Campus - Quito, Ecuador
Technische Universität Dortmund - Dortmund, Germany
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena - Jena, Germany
Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro - Querétaro, Mexico
Universidad de León - León, Spain
Universidad Antonio de Nebrija - Madrid, Spain

*In consultation with Dr. Jedan or his designated heir (as long as she desires), as additional exchange agreements are executed by the Department of Global Cultures and Languages, those institutions may be added.

Application Process: Applications for the scholarship are available in the Department of Global Cultures and Languages. Students apply by submitting an essay describing (1) their reason for wanting to study at Southeast Missouri State University; (2) their previous international experiences; (3) how their study at Southeast will assist them in their major; and (4) how their study at Southeast will influence their profession. Applicants must address all points.

Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required from the student’s home university; one from the applicant’s international program advisor and the other from a professor in his/her major.

Required Presentations: Recipients agree to present a minimum of two presentations (PowerPoint, etc.) while at Southeast. These presentations are open to all Southeast students. The first presentation shall focus on the student’s home university and will take place before Mid-Term. The second presentation shall compare and contrast living and studying in his/her home country and the United States. This presentation will take place between Mid-Term and Finals.

Application deadlines are also extended to June 1 for Fall semester study and October 1 for Spring semester study, to coincide with international application timelines. Recipients must have a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship is not renewable.

Judy Ross (a bioethicist at UCLA) and Ed Park (an econometrician at Rand Corporation) endowed this scholarship in acknowledgment of the impact that Tibetans and Tibetan Buddhism have had on their family.

Recipient of the scholarship must be an International Student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is from East Asia and is an ethnic or religious minority member in his/her home country. Also a preference is for a Tibetan student and/or a student who is or has participated in the Intensive English Program at Southeast Missouri State.
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Jane Cooper Stacy, former Director of Alumni Development, traveled to Malaysia in 1989 to constitute the first official international chapter. She later worked with Malaysian students in partially funding this scholarship.

The recipient of this scholarship must be an international student with a GPA of 3.0. First preference will be given to a student from Malaysia.
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