Most Mizzou scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and other first-time college students. As a continuing student, many of these scholarships can be renewed each year by meeting the minimum renewal requirements established.
Other Mizzou scholarships (both internal and external) may require you to login to ScholarshipUniverse to apply.
Maintaining scholarships you were awarded upon admission
Scholarship award amounts can vary for scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen | first-time college students in the admissions process each year. If you were awarded one of these scholarships upon admission to the university, you will not have to reapply for that award each year. If you continue to meet the criteria to receive/renew the scholarship, then the amount and terms and conditions of the scholarship you were initially awarded will be renewed and automatically added to your financial aid package.
Other scholarships for continuing students
Mizzou Alumni Scholars Program
Award Amount: $500 – $5,000 per year
This scholarship is only available in the fall and spring semesters (i.e., you will not receive this award in the summer term).
How to apply: The Mizzou Alumni Association uses ScholarshipUniverse to award all incoming freshmen, transfer students, and continuing students. Log into ScholarshipUniverse and answer a series of matching questions. Once you have been matched to your scholarships, you can search for those offered by the Mizzou Alumni Association organization and complete the applications provided. Incoming students must submit their applications for Alumni scholarships by the December 1 deadline; transfer and continuing students must complete their applications by the January 1 deadline.
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships
Bright Flight Program
The Bright Flight Program is a scholarship that is a Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (DHEWD) merit-based program that encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend an approved Missouri college or university. For more information on the criteria and award amounts for this program please review the Bright Flight Program DHEWD website.
UM MOST Scholarships
How to apply: Complete the online application.
Minimum Qualifications: For application deadlines, information on the award amount, and minimum qualifications visit the University of Missouri MOST Scholarships website.
The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The foundation seeks to improve quality of life through post-secondary student scholarships (now provided to more than 48 institutions of higher education across the nation) and arts and humanities grants. It also supports selected programs in integrative medicine as well as a national network of lifelong learning institutes for older adults. Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes operate on the campuses of more than 100 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii, including at MU.
Award Amount: Through the San Francisco-based Bernard Osher Foundation, the University of Missouri will award more than $74,000 in scholarships, and each recipient may receive up to $5,000. Scholarship funds may be applied only toward the cost of tuition and course fees. Several types of financial aid may affect the Osher Scholarship amount. Unused funds will be returned to the Osher scholarship fund for reallocation.
- Must be a Mizzou student working toward your first bachelor’s degree;
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Have experienced a cumulative five-year interruption in your studies. The interruption does not have to be consecutive, and may include a gap between graduating high school and entering college;
- Plan to participate in the workforce after graduation;
- Have financial need, but not necessarily have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
- Students who meet the criteria who are taking 50 percent or more of their courses in a traditional classroom setting during the period covered by the Reentry scholarship can be considered eligible to apply.
How to apply: The application materials for scholarship assistance can be submitted via ScholarshipUniverse by logging in and searching for the Osher Scholarship Application materials to include the criteria listed below.
- A résumé outlining your education, honors and awards, leadership roles, qualifications and work experience;
- An original essay, maximum of three pages, double-spaced (Times New Roman, 12pt. font is recommended), which describes the following:
- Reasons for beginning or resuming your undergraduate studies
- Career goals and objectives
- Financial need
- Any other relevant information, such as special circumstances, that the committee should take into consideration when reviewing your application; and
- A headshot to be used in the annual report to the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Tuition Settlement Scholarships
Minimum qualifications: Tuition Settlement Agreement revised scholarship criteria
Additional information: Tuition Settlement Scholarships
Deadlines: Feb. 15 for fall and summer semesters; Aug. 16 for spring semesters
Financial aid maximum limits and other terms and conditions of scholarships
All scholarships, grants, and financial resources you receive are subject to being reduced if the combined total reaches your maximum Cost of Attendance. If you feel that you have additional educational costs that exceed your standard Cost of Attendance (COA) then you can contact the Student Financial Aid office to see if there is an opportunity to appeal to increase your COA. Keep in mind, that even if your COA is able to be increased it does not mean that all of your financial aid scholarships, grants, or other resources can be increased.
All Mizzou scholarships are not transferable among other campuses of the University of Missouri System unless specifically indicated. Mizzou scholarships are only available in the fall and spring semesters (i.e., you will not receive the scholarships in the summer term).