Scholarships and Financial Aid

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  • Extensive scholarships options reward your promise and propel you to success.
  • 78 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid.
  • Our overall costs are lower than state and national averages.

You are encouraged to apply for every scholarship you might be eligible to receive. The required steps and materials for each scholarship are included below.

Hotel Nikko San Francisco Hospitality Leaders Scholarship

Value

Three scholarships, one valued at $7,500 and two valued at $3,750, will be awarded annually.

Selection criteria

Three scholarships, one valued at $7,500 and two valued at $3,750, will be awarded annually to Juniors or Seniors seeking degrees in the Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Department. Rather than applying, candidates for consideration will be nominated by the HRA Faculty. Those nominations will be based on students most likely to succeed if they were to seek careers at the Hotel Nikko - San Francisco.  Preference should be given to students graduating in December each year and ready to work at Hotel Nikko the following January/February. Second preference would be for students graduating in May, but able to finish up their course work via online courses in order to start at Hotel Nikko immediately in May or June (Still allowing for students to start in January/February while continuing studies remotely.) Third would be students graduating in May and having the ability to start the first week of June. 
Students selected to receive this scholarship are not required, but will be incited and receive first preference to participate in a Manager-In-Training (MIT) Program with the Hotel Nikko - San Francisco following graduation. Students will interview with members of the Hotel Nikko - San Francisco Management Team to ensure a successful placement. Through successful completion of the Hotel Nikko - San Francisco MIT, students will be offered an interview opportunity for management positions at Hotel Nikko properties, including the San Francisco location, and could be offered an additional signing bonus by the Hotel Nikko if a management of MIT position is available and offered.

Renewal criteria

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

The Tom Smith Scholarship

Selection criteria

The recipient of this award will be an undergraduate student properly enrolled at Missouri State University as a Hospitality Leadership major with a minimum of 60 credit hours. Preferences should be given to a student who is employed at Highland Springs Country Club and/or have at least one year of experience working in the Hospitality industry.

Renewal criteria

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

Kim Knight Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to full-time student majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration. Sophomores or great must have an overall and departmental GPA of 3.0. Awards made with regard for financial need. Scholarship automatically renewed as long as the student maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Automatically renewed as long as the student maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and completes 12 credit hours per semester.

Justice Jeweler's Food and Wine Scholarship

Selection criteria

Student must be a Hospitality and Restaurant Administration major. Consideration will be given to students who demonstrate potential for college success. When awarded to a student enrolled at the sophomore level or higher, the student must have achieved an overall GPA of 2.5. Recipients must enroll in at least 12 hours each semester. Preference is given to a student that demonstrates financial need.

Renewal criteria

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

Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Scholarships

Selection criteria

There are currently no requirements for this scholarship other than being a student seeking a degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Dr. Carl Riegel Memorial Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student seeking a degree in the Hospitality Leadership Department.  Student must have completed 30 hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.8. Preference should be given to those students that have at least 1 year experience working in the HSP Industry.

Renewal criteria

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

Pasta Express Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time sophomore or greater majoring in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration with a departmental GPA of 3.0.

Renewal criteria

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

HSP Board of Advisors Scholarship

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student seeking a degree in the Hospitality and Restaurant Administration Department. Student must have completed 30 hours and have a cumulative GPA of 2.8. Preference should be given to those students that have at least 1 year experience working in the HSP Industry.

Renewal criteria

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

Earl Moulder Hotel Administration Endowed Scholarship Fund

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a junior or greater majoring in Hotel Administration with an overall GPA of 3.0. Scholarship automatically renewed for one additional year as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship is renewed automatically. Automatically renewed as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and completes 24 credit hours annually.