Football

Aldo A. Sebben Athletics Scholarship

Established Date:  May 27, 2000

Scholarships will be awarded annually to students enrolled at Missouri State University who are members of the Bears Football team.  Scholarships will be awarded to football student-athletes who have completed two years of eligibility and have a 2.5 grade point average.  Recipients must be enrolled in at least 12 hours each semester.

Renewable:  May be renewed automatically as long as the student-athletes maintain satisfactory academic progress and are members of the Bears Football team.

Biographical Information:

Aldo Sebben was the Bears assistant football coach and head track coach in 1952.  He became head football coach in 1956, a year after assuming the post as athletic director and held that position until 1982.  He retired from full-time teaching at Missouri State University in December 1990.

Arthur W. Briggs Award

This fund provides for one award annually and is based on character, athletic ability, academics, and performance.

Biographical Information:

Arthur W. Briggs was one of the pioneers of MSU intercollegiate athletics, a man who looked past the obstacles to the formation of the program at a young institution to establish a balanced and competitive program in all areas.  He was the first man to serve MSU as its athletic director and held that position form 1912 until 1938.  He set the tone for years to come with his belief that the athletic program should be a first-class, quality endeavor.  It was under his leadership that MSU came into the reorganized Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1924 and won MIAA all-sports honors six times in the next decade.  Mr. Briggs was also the head of the MSU physical education department from 1913 until his death on December 20, 1949.  At one time during his career at MSU, he coached every sport the school had.  He guided the football Bears for more years and won more games than any other grid coach in MSU history.  Briggs piloted the Bears from 1912 through the 1933 season and had on overall record of 76 victories, 58 losses, and 11 ties in his 20 seasons at the football helm.  No other man has coached football at MSU for more than seven seasons.  The Bears' only MIAA title in Coach Briggs' tenure was in 1928 but MSU was second in the league in 1925, 1929, 1931, and 1932.  Coach Briggs had unbeaten seasons in football in 1914 and 1922.  He coached MSU basketball from 1913 until 1923 and had a baseball program for four years shortly after his arrival at MSU.  He also served as the MSU track coach until 1923.  The school's football facility was renamed Briggs Stadium in his honor by the SMS Board of Regents in 1970.

Harold "Speedo" Harmon Football Scholarship

Income from this scholarship fund will be used to provide scholarships for members of the Missouri State University football team.

Biographical Information:

Harold Harmon was a three-year football letterman at MSU in 1938, 1939, and 1940.  A native of Stuart, Oklahoma, he was an offensive center for the Bears in one of the greatest eras in Bears gridiron history.  During his varsity seasons, MSU was 22-3-3 and recorded an unbeaten season and an MIAA conference title in 1940.

John Reed Memorial Athletics Scholarship

Established Date:  February 21, 1997

Established By:  Mr. John Reed

Scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to a student(s) enrolled at Missouri State University who is a member of the intercollegiate Football Team.

Renewable:  May be renewed automatically as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and is a member of the intercollegiate football team.

Mark Christensen Endowed Scholarship

Established By:  Mark Christensen

This endowed fund will provide scholarships for members of the Missouri State University football team.

Biographical Information:

Mark Christensen was a four-year football letterman from 1986 to 1989 at Missouri State during the first four seasons Jesse Branch coached the Bears

. A standout offensive lineman, Christensen and his Bear teammates matured together in the early years after the formation of the Gateway Football Conference. Missouri State claimed its first Gateway title when Christensen served as a team co-captain during the 1989 campaign. A native of Libertyville, Ill., Christensen came to MSU and redshirted his first year and then was a starting guard the next four years as he became one of the top blockers in the conference. He was an all-conference second team selection as a sophomore and gained all-Gateway first team honors in both his junior and senior seasons. He was selected a third team All-American by the Associated Press as a junior in 1988. He received Kodak All-American selection his senior season as well as earning All-American first team recognition from The Sports Network in 1989. Christensen's blocking was a key as the Bears led the conference in team rushing all four season he was in the line.

Men's Football

Income from this fund will provide assistance for the general needs of Missouri State University men's football.

Men's Football Scholarships/Grants-in-Aid

Income from this fund will provide scholarships/grants-in-aid for members of the Missouri State University men's football team.

Mr. and Mrs. Burl "Bud" Henderson Scholarship

Established Date:  December 4, 1985

Established By:  Helen and Burl Henderson

This scholarship will be made annually to a currently enrolled student at Missouri State University participating in the football program.  Consideration will be given to those members of the football squad whose academic progress is satisfactory and in keeping with standards set by the football coaching staff.

Renewable:  May be renewed automatically so long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress, remains on the football squad, and a need for financial aid still exists.

Ronald M. Dickey Memorial Scholarship

Established Date:  August 13, 2001

Established By:  Ronald A. Dickey

This scholarship will be awarded annually to a student enrolled at Missouri State University and a member of the Bears Football team.  Scholarships will be presented to a student(s) who is a walk-on football player, with preference given to a defensive back; however other positions will be considered.  Preference will also be given to coaching staff's opinion of a hard working player deserving of the scholarship for tuition expenses only. 

Stephan L. Shepard Football Scholarship

Established Date:  July 29, 1999

Established By:  Kathy D. Shepard

Awarded annually to a student(s) enrolled at Missouri State University who is a member of the Bears Football Team.  All NCAA rules and regulations must be followed.

Renewable:  This scholarship may be renewed automatically as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and is a member of the Bears Football Team.

William J. O'Neill Football Scholarship

Income from this endowed fund will provide scholarships for members of the Missouri State University football team.  This endowment was established in honor of William J. O'Neill.

Biographical Information:

Bill O'Neill retired in the summer of 2008 after nearly 40 years on the Missouri State staff. He worked for 16 seasons as an assistant football coach on the staffs of head coaches Don Cross and Rich Johanningmeier. A native of Chicago and graduate of and former football player at Illinois State University, O'Neill was the Bears' offensive line coach for six seasons, coached the defensive line 10 years and was defensive coordinator his last six seasons as the Bears won their final MIAA title in 1978 and made the transition to NCAA I-AA status in 1982. 19 of O'Neill's charges earned all-conference recognition and four went on to professional football playing careers. O'Neill added the duties of an assistant director of athletics in 1976 and was promoted to associate director in 1991. In the administrative post, he had responsibilities for supervising sports, facilities, scheduling and working with a number of special events hosted by the University.