Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship

The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship is designed to enhance recruitment and retention of academically talented undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are typically under-represented in higher education. This scholarship is named to honor Dr. Donald M. Suggs, newspaper publisher, retired oral surgeon, patron of the arts and distinguished community leader. His contributions to the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri are recognized and honored by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Minimum qualifications

  • Composite ACT score of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 1280 or higher for the new exam/1210 or higher for the pre-March 2016 exam.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrollment at MU the first semester after high school graduation
  • Membership in a racial or ethnic minority group that is under-represented in relation to the University's goal to achieve educational benefits of a diverse student body.
  • First preference shall be given to students who are residents of the greater St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area.

Award amount

  • Missouri resident: $15,000 per year for students receiving the scholarship for the first time on or after Fall 2016; $10,000 for students receiving the scholarship for the first time prior to Fall 2016
  • Non-Missouri resident: $15,000 per year for students receiving the scholarship for the first time on or after Fall 2016; $10,000 for students receiving the scholarship for the first time prior to Fall 2016. Either award amount also receives a waiver of nonresident tuition (approximately $15,000).  Waiver of nonresident tuition is for a total of 8 regular semesters (fall and spring), students are not eligible for the waiver during summer terms.  (Will be canceled or reduced if nonresident tuition is waived or paid by another source.)
  • An additional amount of up to $7,000 for a study abroad experience also is included
  • $2,000 stipend for freshman year participation in MU Discovery Fellows Research Program
  • Recipients of the Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship are eligible to receive the National Merit and Bright Flight Scholarships. The Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship cannot be combined with certain general University scholarships such as the Curator’s Scholar Award, Excellence Award, Chancellor’s Scholarship, George C. Brooks Scholarship, Diversity Award, Mizzou Scholars Award, Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship, Mizzou Heritage Award, and the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship. The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship may be reduced if all federal, state, institutional and private aid received by the student exceeds the cost of attendance as defined by the MU Student Financial Aid Office.

Application process

Interested applicants should apply for admission to MU, submit official transcripts and official test scores (from test score providers ACT or College Board) no later than Dec. 1.

Applicants who meet the criteria for this scholarship listed above should select one of the following essay prompts and write a one page response: 

1. Select one aspect of your background or one characteristic that reflects who you are and describe how that aspect or characteristic will allow you to succeed as a student and contribute to the diverse community at Mizzou.
2. Explain a time you stood up for something you passionately supported that has changed how you understand your school, community or the world. 
3. What do you see as the biggest threat to civility? 

Applicants can apply and submit their essays at the following site: futuretigers.missouri.edu/register/brooks 

Please note that this is a separate application and essay from the MU Scholarship Application.

Questions about this scholarship can be emailed to: SuggsAwards@missouri.edu.

Suggs Scholarship Coordinator
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

If selected for an interview, applicants will be invited to campus in January.

All materials must be received by Dec. 15.

Renewal

Renewable for an additional three years. Students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of eight consecutive (fall or spring) semesters, or until receiving a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first.

To remain eligible for the award, you must:

  • Remain continuously enrolled at MU for each regular (fall and spring) semester
  • Enroll for a minimum of 12 MU credit hours each semester (fall and spring)
  • Complete at least 24 graded credit hours each academic year
  • Maintain a cumulative MU grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Participate in the US Success* Program through the Center for Academic Success and Excellence and the Honors College

Dismissal from the University for any conduct reason will result in a loss of the scholarship award.  If renewal criteria (minimum completion of hours and cumulative GPA for the specific award) are met at the close of the academic year (spring semester), the student may regain eligibility.  However, the semester(s) during the suspension will be counted as part of the eight semester maximum award.

Failure to meet the renewal criteria will cause the recipient to be ineligible to receive the scholarship for the following academic year. If at the end of that academic year the renewal criteria listed above are met, the scholarship will be reinstated for the next academic year. However, all regular semesters of enrollment are counted toward the eight-semester limit of receiving the award.

Non-Missouri-resident students whose out-of-state fees are paid by another source are not eligible to receive out-of-state fee waivers through automatic scholarships.

Exceptions to any of the above renewal requirements must be requested in writing to sch-appl@missouri.edu or:

Office of Student Financial Aid
11 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Additional information

Not transferable among the campuses of the University of Missouri system.