Student Excellence Fund

Student Excellence Fund 2017-07-21T20:23:29+00:00


The mission of the Missouri Western State University Foundation is to support the university and its goal to inspire a lifelong passion for learning, and to empower a diverse population of students to succeed as citizens in a changing world. The Student Excellence Fund (SEF) is a source of financial assistance provided for Western’s students, through the Missouri Western State University Foundation. The SEF provides an opportunity for students to participate in activities that complement classroom learning which may be inaccessible due to financial limitations. This fund is used for activities such as conferences and seminars, research, presentation of papers and participation in state and national competitions and tournaments. Allocations from the SEF are based upon availability of funds, with the maximum award per student per academic year limited to $700.


  • Enrolled student at Missouri Western State University

  • Activities have a direct relationship to current academic studies and serve as an enhancement of the academic experience.

  • Expenditures include travel and hotel accommodations in a conference city, registration fees, meals and other expenses specifically related to the approved activity. Meal charges will not be reimbursed.

  • Students who have not had an award during the current year will be given priority over students who have had an award during the current year.

Submit Application

Application Process

Student presents request including:

  • Contact Information (Name, Address, Phone, Email)
  • Declared Major

  • Detailed description of the activity, including dates/time/location of event, and an explanation of the relationship to current academic studies
  • Itemized budget of expenditures (travel expenses, lodging, registration fees, etc) with the specific amount requested.

  • Listing of funding from any other sources.
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, with approval from the respective chairperson.

Submit Application

Committee Reviews Proposal
based on the following criteria

  • Making a presentation

  • Being an active participant other than making a presentation

  • Being an officer of the organization

  • Attending without active participation

  • Participating in a class for credit that includes travel

Student Summary Report

Students will be required to provide a brief summary report after the completion of the activity in order to facilitate the Foundation’s assessment of the impact/benefit of the support provided. The accountability reports must be submitted within a month of returning from your conference.


Fall Requests

For fall requests, applications should be submitted no later than the third Friday in October.

Spring Requests

For spring requests, applications should be submitted no later than the first Friday in February.

Notification of Decision

Notification of the decisions regarding funding requests will be made in writing within 15 business days following the fall or spring deadlines.

Reimbursement Process

Expenses are paid on a reimbursement basis only. This is to ensure that the student uses the funds appropriately.


Reimbursement will be at the appropriate mileage rate that is set by the University each year.  Mileage is to be computed over the most commonly traveled (i.e. shortest route) route.  A map will be required for reimbursement.

Required Documents

All documents must be turned into the Foundation Office in Spratt Hall 110 within a month of your return from the conference.

Receiving Your Check

Once the receipts are reviewed, a check will be issued to the student. Checks may be picked up in Spratt 110 or mailed (upon request).