Be a Bear T-shirt

The annual Be a Bear T-shirt promotes Missouri State University spirit and helps support the student Emergency Scholarship Fund.  



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About the Be a Bear T-shirt

Supporting students

As a tribute to Missouri State's commitment to public affairs, approximately half of the proceeds from the Be a Bear T-shirt are donated to the Emergency Scholarship Fund.

This Emergency Scholarship Fund was created to meet the needs of students who encounter unforeseen, life-altering experiences. Recipients of the scholarship receive a one-time scholarship to help fund university expenses such as tuition, room and board, and textbooks. The scholarship makes it possible for recipients to continue their education despite emergency circumstances that might have otherwise prevented them from attending school.

Promoting spirit

The design of the Be a Bear T-shirt represents Missouri State University through-and-through. A new design for the shirt is debuted each March to coincide with the anniversary of the university's founding and is sold through Homecoming weekend in October.

T-shirts are only available for purchase within the calendar year they are released. Bears near and far can purchase the annual shirt and continue to collect them for years to come showing how Missouri State and its alumni embody the public affairs mission.

The design of each Be a Bear T-shirt is unique. The shirt design is selected from ones submitted by current students during the design contest which begins after homecoming and closes by mid-December. The designer of the 2016 T-shirt was Kim Kennedy.