Schnucker-Presley Publishing Grant

About the Grant

The Schnucker-Presley Publishing Grant supports the publication of new scholar’s first book. In response to increasing pressure to publish only works that offer the greatest financial benefits to a publisher, this grant allows Truman State University Press to offset some costs of production and printing of a nonfiction, scholarly book for a first-time author.

The grant is named for Robert Schnucker and Paula Presley. Dr. Schnucker, founder of Truman State University Press and director until his retirement in 1998, helped establish the Sixteenth Century Essays & Studies series. Paula Presley spent eighteen years at the Press in various capacities, and served as director from 1998 to 2004. Both are dedicated to scholarly publishing and continue to encourage research by newer scholars.

Grant Requirements


The manuscript must be the author’s first book after Ph.D. completion; a nonfiction, scholarly book; and already accepted by TSUP for publication.


An award up to $1,000 may be given for publication expenses.

How to Submit

A letter of recommendation must be submitted by the author or the Press staff.

To Make a Contribution to the Fund

To support the Schnucker-Presley Publishing Grant make your contribution online. On the Contribution Form under “Other” specify TSUP and the amount of your gift. Or you may send your gift by mail at the address below. You will receive a receipt for your tax records.

Office of Advancement
Truman State University
McClain Hall 100
100 East Normal Avenue
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221

If you would like additional information about this fund, call TSUP at (660) 785-7336.