Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship/Award Program

About the Program

The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship program, formally known as the “Multicultural Leadership Scholarship Program” is a curricular experience where scholars and award recipients participate in the exploration of identity and self through critical classroom discourse as well as co-curricular engagement in programs and community service opportunities sponsored by Multicultural Programs and offices housed in the Multicultural Services unit. Scholars and award recipients will have the distinct opportunity to explore their multiple identities, celebrate their personal heritage, learn about and appreciate the cultures and identities of others. Students in the program are highly encouraged to take advantage of the resources in our spaces, which provide computer labs, free printing, lounge space for studying, and kitchen area. These spaces are the Multicultural Resource Center located in the Plaster Student Union and the Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex, which also houses the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Resource Center located in the lower level of Freudenberger House.
 
Multicultural Services is a unit in the Division of Student Affairs, which houses the offices of Multicultural Programs, Access Programs, Bears LEAD, and TRIO Programs. As a scholar and or award recipient, you will have the opportunity to learn about the vast resources in these offices as well potentially being eligible to utilize available services. Recipients of the scholarship and award will work directly with the Executive Director, Multicultural Programs.

Scholarship Requirements

As a Public Affairs institution that values Ethical Leadership, Cultural Competence, and Community Engagement through the practice of inclusion, we view this scholarship program as the vessel that develops student leaders to serve as social change agents that advocate and support a culturally conscious and inclusive campus community. Multicultural Services looks forward to your participation in the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship/Award Program as well the perspectives you will bring to our campus and community.

Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship

$5,000 per year. Total potential value over four years: $20,000. Non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of non-resident fees for all fall and spring semesters.

Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award

Up to $2,000 per year. Recipients who are non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of out-of-state fees for all fall and spring semesters.

Multicultural Leadership Scholarship (includes Dr. Donald Suggs & Mr. James Bufford)

$5,000 per year. Total potential value over four years: $20,000. Non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of non-resident fees for all fall and spring semesters.

Multicultural Leadership Recognition Award

Up to $2,000 per year. Recipients who are non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of out-of-state fees for all fall and spring semesters.

Renewal Criteria

The Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship and Recognition Award must complete 27 Missouri State University credit hours each academic year with a 2.75 cumulative Missouri State grade point average and participate in all additional requirements in the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Program.
 
Multicultural Leadership Scholars and Multicultural Leadership Recognition Awardees must complete complete 24 credit hours at Missouri State University each academic year with a 2.75 cumulative Missouri State grade point average and participate in all additional requirements in the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Program.
 
Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship/Multicultural Leadership Scholarship recipients who graduate in four years or less, meet renewal criteria their fourth year, and begin a Missouri State University graduate program the semester following their graduation may receive this scholarship for their first year of graduate study (unless they are offered and accept a graduate assistantship).
 
More information about the scholarship program can be found in the scholarship manual.

Application Process

More information about the application process can be found on the Missouri State University Office of Financial Aid's website

Contact

Questions about the program? Email Yvania Garcia-Pusateri (YvaniaGarciaPusateri@missouristate.edu), Executive Director of Multicultural Programs.

Inclusive Excellence Leadership Affiliated Staff

Dr. Michele D. Smith

Dr. Michele D. Smith

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Multicultural Services
Assistant Professor, Student Affairs in Higher Education
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Dr.
MDSmith@missouristate.edu
 
 

Yvania Garcia-PusateriYvania Garcia-Pusateri

Executive Director, Multicultural Programs
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Dr.
YvaniaGarciaPusateri@missouristate.edu

 

 

Nia MorganNia Morgan

Graduate Assistant, Multicultural Programs
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Miss
Nia12@live.missouristate.edu

 

 

 

Christina GardnerChristina Gardner

Gradaute Assistant, Multicultural Services
Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself/Miss
Christina718@live.missouristate.edu

 

 

 

Matt BanksMatt Banks

Coordinator, Multicultural Programs and LGBT Student Services
Pronouns: they/them/theirs/theirself/Mx.
MBanks@missouristate.edu