Behind the success of all initiatives like the Kinder Institute are individuals whose support provides the means of expanding and improving existing programs as well as developing new ones. Over recent years, the generosity of outside parties has allowed the Institute to introduce new B.A. and M.A. degrees in the College of Arts & Science, grow our faculty ranks, and bring leading scholars of political theory and history from around the globe to Columbia to present groundbreaking research to our professors, students, and community members.

For more information about contributing to either the Kinder Institute Scholarship or Kinder Institute Endowment fund detailed below, please feel free to contact Director Jay Sexton, sextonj@missouri.edu, or Associate Director Carli Conklin, conklinc@missouri.edu.

Kinder Institute Scholarship Fund

Contributions to the established Kinder Institute Scholarship Fund will exclusively support student participation in one of the many transformational scholarly and experiential learning opportunities that the Institute has developed for MU undergraduates, including our academic internship program in Washington, D.C.; our weeklong “Global History at Oxford” study abroad course and yearlong Oxford Fellowship exchange program; our “Race & Politics in South Africa” January intersession study abroad trip; our experiential learning course on Constitutional Litigation; and our Kinder Institute Democracy Lab, a living-and-learning community for first-year students that introduces them to life at the Kinder Institute.

Use the “DONATE” button below to navigate to the secure giving page for our Scholarship Fund.


Kinder Institute Endowment

Contributions to the Kinder Institute Endowment fund will allow us to expand the scope of the programs we have designed to engage our constituents in thoughtful consideration of and dialogue about the global history and evolution of democratic governance, from well before the founding of the United States through the present day. We believe these programs are essential to helping us attract some of the very best students and scholars to the University of Missouri as well as continue to increase the quality and civility of discourse about matters of the utmost importance on our campus and in our community.

Use the “DONATE” button below to navigate to the secure giving page for the Kinder Institute Endowment.


Alumni Council Scholarship Fund

Awarded yearly, the Alumni Council Scholarship connects alumni of the Kinder Institute and Mizzou with current students. This scholarship will aid students from diverse backgrounds and in a wide variety of degree programs deepen their understanding of constitutional democracy and expand their post-graduate options by supporting participation in programs such as the Kinder Scholars program in D.C. and the Oxford and South Africa study abroad programs. The recipient is selected by the Alumni Council based on merit and need, and the Alumni Council is responsible for assembling the application, interviewing selected candidates, and ultimately choosing the recipient. Use the secure, direct giving link below to contribute to the Alumni Council Scholarship Fund.