MBA Foundation Scholarship Program

The members of the Missouri Broadcasters Association are committed to encouraging the highest standards of broadcasting. The MBA Scholarship Fund was established as a part of this excellence. Deserving students may receive financial aid to assist them in attaining the training and expertise required to become valuable employees in Missouri’s broadcasting industry.

Recent graduate and Missouri broadcaster Felicia Foster, told us about her experience in this letter:

Dear Scholarship Committee,

I would like to thank the Missouri Broadcasters Association for their support during my journey in higher education. I was a very fortunate scholarship recipient in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

I would like to happily inform you that I graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Science Mass Communications degree on December 7th, 2019. I was recognized with Latin honors as magna cum laude for an overall GPA of 3.805. Furthermore, I have taken the position of Digital Media Manager at KSNF and KODE news stations in Joplin, Missouri. I intend to stay in broadcasting in Missouri for many years.

It is through your generosity that I was able to attend MSSU and start a new career. Thank you for investing in my future.

Sincerely,

Felicia Foster

We are honored and thrilled to be able to support Felicia and students just like her, who will carry the future of the broadcast industry to even greater heights. We offer scholarships to multiple students each year, and encourage applications as early as possible before the deadline of March 31.

Interested Students … you must get your application from a radio or television station.

Eligibility Requirements

Each Applicant:

  1. Must be a Missouri resident.
  2. Must be currently attending a Missouri College, university or accredited tech/trade school or be a graduating high school senior who has been admitted to a Missouri institution of higher learning.
  3. Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a broadcast or related curriculum, which provides training and expertise applicable to a broadcast operation.
  4. Must be a full-time student for every semester the scholarships awarded. Full-time status requires enrollment in at least 12 credit hours.
  5. Must have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent, which must be maintained for each semester of the scholarship.

Application Requirements

Please Include:

  1. A completed application signed by the school’s department head or guidance counselor certifying that you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Three letters of recommendation.
  3. Essay (Three pages, typed, single spaced). Please see the application for subjects that must be addressed.
  4. Five copies of the application and attachments.
  5. Applicants must submit their completed application from and all attachments to a single participating MBA member station in their home area. Only one application will be accepted per student per year.

Selection Process

Each participating radio or television station will select the top applicant from those received and submit their candidate to the MBA Scholarship Committee for consideration. The committee will review the qualifications of candidates from throughout the state in order to narrow the field of scholarship candidates. The selection committee will use the following information during its evaluation process:

  1. The applicant’s curriculum and career goals.
  2. Clarity of thought and expression.
  3. Letters of recommendation.
  4. Community involvement and extracurricular activities.
  5. Financial need. (While not a primary consideration, applicants should provide information as to how their education is funded.)
  6. All applicants who will be considered for the final selection by the Scholarship Committee may be asked to travel, at their own expense, to Jefferson City for in-person interviews.

Important Dates

The annual deadline for application is March 31st. Recipients will receive notification of their award no later than June 30th.

Financial Information

Multiple awards may be assigned each year and the amount of the scholarship will vary. This is a renewable scholarship, provided qualification standards are maintained. Recipients wishing to renew their scholarship must reapply each academic year through their area member station.

The Missouri Broadcasters Association informs members about training opportunities, trends and policies while providing a voice for broadcasters in both state and federal political arenas. The MBA encourages high industry standards and practices, recognizing that credibility is important and ethical conduct is necessary to the trust of clients and the public. Our members support equal opportunity in education and employment.