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Biochemistry and Chemistry Programs

W.C. Morris Building
Room 417
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4948
Fax: 660-543-8142

Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics

Chemistry Scholarships and Stipends

Student Scholarships and Award Opportunities

We would like to communicate the extraordinary opportunities for incoming and returning chemistry and pre-professional (pharmacy, medical, optometry, forensics, engineering) students.

  • Students can apply for or be named for several scholarships throughout their career at UCM. Several university wide scholarships provide substantial scholarships for your educational costs at UCM (please contact Student Financial Assistance for details).
  • Within the program we currently have several awards ranging from ($100-$1,000) available for students in the chemistry program.
  • The program has several employment opportunities available for students including: teaching assistants, research assistants, graders, office assistants, and lab technician assistants.
  • There are several external opportunities for awards and scholarships listed below.
  • Professors may occasionally have stipends available associated with their research grants.

Available Chemistry Scholarships and Awards

The scholarships below comprise many of the internal scholarships available for chemistry majors.  Typically they are presented at the annual spring picnic and award program.

The forms, dates, and awards can change from year to year, so it is therefore advisable to stop by the Program Coordiantors offices for additional information and opportunities.

Scholarship Office or Program Selected Awards

W.J. and Lela Budwine Foundation/ Charles Simmons Scholarship in Chemistry

1. full-time undergraduate or graduate student in good  academic standing
2. be pursuing a degree in chemistry
3. minimum grade point of 3.5
4. reside in the 21 counties of: Bates, Benton, Camden, Cass, Cole, Cooper, Henry, Hickory, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Maron, Miller, Montegue, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski, St. Clair, or Saline)
5. Demonstrate high potential for a successful career in chemistry.
6. Application due by March 1
7.  typically there are five 1,000 scholarships given per year
8.  Application Form

Nance Family Scholarship – Chair selection

  • Full-Time student in good academic standing at UCM
  • Pursuing degree in physics, chemistry, or mathematics w/preference to teaching professions
  • For sophomore, junior or senior
  • Demonstrate good character, leadership, service, and other good citizenship qualities
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.4 in major and 3.2 overall
  • Forms can be obtained and submitted to the department office
  • Typically $500-$1,000
  • Due: March 1 and announced by May
  • Award rotates between physics/chemistry/math

Hendricks – Goes through Scholarship Office

  • Full-time sophomore, junior or senior student in good academic standing
  • Pursuing degree in teacher education or chemistry major
  • GPA of 2.5 or greater in their major
  • Typically $300-$500
  • Application forms available in the chemnisty office to fill out and turn into Student Financial Assistance
  • Deadline: March 1 and announced by May

 Department or Chair Appointed Awards  (no applications are required except for achievement awards)

The Donald R. Kelsey Undergraduate Research Award    Distinguished alumnus Dr. Don Kelsey establishes the first award for undergraduate chemical research in honor of his research mentor Dr. Robert Zey (professor emeritus). This award has been established with the UCM Foundation for an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in chemistry. Supporting the discipline interests of the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physics, this fund will provide a stipend to be used for tuition and/or personal living expenses during the time the student is actively engaged in a chemistry research project as determined by the department. The recipient must have, and maintain, an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 and agree to prepare a report related to his/her contributions to the chosen research project.

The Donald R. Kelsey Undergraduate Research Award will consist of a stipend of at least $500 awarded once each academic year. The first award is currently available for the 2008-2009 academic year.
To apply a student must:
a. be pursuing a degree in chemistry
b. maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
c. agree to prepare a report
d. due date for application March 13th

Joe M. Hopping Scholarship

  • Junior or senior pursing a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree
  • 3.0 GPA or greater
  • Awarded by chemisty program each spring
  • Typical award of  $300-$500
  • No form

J. Paul Morris Scholarship

  • Outstanding Chemistry Major & Outstanding Freshman major
  • Awarded by department each spring
  • Typically each receive a book up to $150
  • No Form

E. R. Foster and Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Foster Scholarship

  • Pursuing degree in chemistry and/or art major
  • Show promise in leadership and academics
  • Awarded by program each spring
  • Typically $250
  • No Form

CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement - Awarded by Department Each Spring

  • CRC w/scroll
  • $150 value
  • No Form

Outstanding Analytical Chemistry Student

  • Awarded by chemistry program each spring
  • Six-month analytical chemistry subscription
  • No Form

Houghton-Mifflin Freshman Chemistry Award

  • Outstanding first year undergraduate student
  • "Interest and potential in pursuing a career in the chemical sciences or teaching chemistry"
  • Awarded by chemistry program each spring
  • $100 dollars or merchandise equivalent
  • No form

Achievement Awards - Program Scholarship Committee

  • For incoming deserving freshmen
  • Second semester for continuing physics, engineering and chemistry students
  • Chosen by chemistry and physics committee
  • Typically $100-400
  • Date Due: Feb. 15
  • Forms obtained from chemistry office to be filled out and returned to chemistry office

College Awards  (forms and materials required from nominees)

Department will select and notify nominees in February.  Nominees will need to collect materials and send them in by due date.

  • Outstanding undergraduate student applications due March 1
  • Outstanding nontraditional student applications due March 1
  • Distinguished faculty award applications due March 1
  • Faculty achievement award applications March 1

NSF-HAMP Scholarship

  • Provides approximately $1,000/semester for an eligible under-represented student to carry out research
  • Contact a professor in the department for additional information

McNair Central Achievers Program (McCAP)

  • Provides a paid summer internship (approximately $2,500) and three hours of summer tuition for minority status or first generation students to carry out their research projects.
  • Contact a professor in the department for additional information.

EMBARQ University of Central Missouri Scholarship

  • Incoming freshman that are accepted and enrolled
  • Current undergraduate student in the area of Science/Environment and other areas
  • Must reside in the EMBARQ service area
  • Minimum GPA high school/college of 3.0
  • Minimum of $500 is to be awarded each year
  • Recipients are to be recommended by the University Scholarship Selection Committee
  • Application deadline is March 1
  • Applications can be provided by the Chemistry and Physics offices  660-543-8082

External Scholarships and Awards

The Merck Index Women in Chemistry Scholarships

$5000 grant awarded to outstanding women entering into a graduate program in synthetic chemistry or medicinal chemistry, beginning fall 2007. Scholarships to be presented at the spring ACS National Meeting. Two page summary of  undergraduate research required and ACS meeting Abstract.
Full application materials can be found at

The American Chemical Society (ACS Scholars Award)

  • For high school seniors or full-time students at accredited institution majoring in or interested in majoring in the chemical sciences who demonstrate financial need
  • The scholarship will pay from $2,500-3,000 per academic year if accepted. 
  • Application Deadline: March 1

Merck Undergraduate Scholarship Award

  • For African-American student interested in Biomedical research in junior year (life or physical science major) with minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Scholarship up to $25,000 + two summer internships
  • Application due in December of preceding year

Western Missouri Medical Center Auxiliary Healthcare Careers Scholarship

  • For students interested in entering a health career currently attending high school or college in the Warrensburg area: UCM, State Fair Community College, Warrensburg Area Career Center (Vo-Tech)
  • Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy students
  • $500-1000
  • Application deadline typically early April
  • For applications, wmmc application

ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Awards

  • Provides funding for undergraduate/graduate women chemists to travel to scientific meetings to present their research results
  • May be used for registration, travel, and accommodations
  • Application:
  • With application, send resume, abstract, letter detailing reasons you want the award, and a letter from your advisor confirming your participation
  • Abstract:
  • Contact information:
    WCC Staff Liason: 800-227-5558, ext. 6334 or
  • Send  application to:

Ms. Felicia Foxworth Dixon
Women Chemists Committee
American Chemical Society
1155 16th St., NW
Washington, DC  20036

Udall Grant for Juniors

Scholarship Opportunity for Sophomores and Juniors In 2007, the Morris K. Udall Foundation will award 80 merit-based scholarships of $5,000 to sophomores and juniors attending U.S colleges and universities. To qualify you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a full time student with a GPA of 3.0 or better, and meet one of the following criteria: 1)  Have a demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment (This includes the areas of engineering, science, education, urban  planning and renewal, business, health, justice and economics.) 2) Be a Native American or Alaska Native with demonstrated commitment to a career related to tribal public policy3) Be a Native American or Alaska Native student with demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health. (These include public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy regarding land and resource management, economic development, and education.)  UCM application deadline is February 28, 2007.  For more information contact Dr. Patricia Decker at x 4696 or e-mail or visit the Morris K. Udall Foundation web site at

Voncile Bowen Huffman Scholarship

A  scholarship is offered through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for UCM undergraduate students pursuing a degree in teacher education. The award is to be used during the student teaching semester. At present, each award is valued at $2,000, to be used for tuition or other expenses as administered and approved by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Criteria: To apply to become a Huffman Scholar, a student must: a. be a full-time undergraduate student pursuing a degree in teacher education at University of Central Missouri; b. have completed an application to student teach; c. have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; d. be in good academic standing at the University of Central Missouri and in the teacher education program; e. be committed to pursuing a career in education, particularly as a teacher in the public school system; f. demonstrate financial need.

Fall Semester Applications: Will be received in the spring of each year until March 1st, and awards will be announced by May 15 for the following fall semester.
Spring Semester Applications: Will be received in the fall of each semester until October 1st, and awards will be announced by November 15th for the following spring semester. 

SMART Awards

  • Science, Math, and Engineering fellows supported by DOD.
  • Salary/stipends
  • Full tuition
  • Education fees
  • Book allowance
  • Paid summer internships


  • US citizen
  • Enrolled in US college
  • 18 years old

Undergraduate available.  For further information, to go  

NAVY Medical or Dental School Health Scholarship