George C. Brooks Scholarship

Named after former MU Financial Aid Director George C. Brooks, this scholarship is designed to enhance recruitment and retention of undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are underrepresented at MU.

Minimum qualifications

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrollment at MU the first semester after high school graduation
  • Member of a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in relation to the University's goal to achieve educational benefits of a diverse student body.
  • High school seniors with a minimum ACT composite score of 25 or an SAT score of 1200
  • Students admitted on probation are not eligible for the Brooks Scholarship

Award amount

  • Missouri resident: $7,500 per year
  • Non-Missouri resident: $7,500 plus waiver of nonresident tuition (approximately $15,838).  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.

Application process

Interested applicants should apply for admission to MU, submit official transcripts and official test scores 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. We all have goals, but those who are most successful in reaching them take concrete and bold actions towards them rather than merely imagining them. Describe an unattained goal you have in your life – intellectual, personal, or academic – and explain why and how it became a goal, as well as the considered and aspirational steps that you plan to take to achieve it.

2. We have all been challenged in our lives and forced to accept changes that we may not have wanted or been prepared for. Describe a time in your life when you tackled a challenge or stood up for a belief, your motivations for doing so, the outcome of the situation, and how you see that as a shaping factor for your future endeavors.

Applicants can apply and submit their essays at the following site:

Please indicate which prompt you have selected and include your name at the top of the page. Note that this is a separate application and essay from the MU Scholarship Application.

Questions about this scholarship can be emailed to:

If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted regarding the next steps in the review process which will take place in January.

All materials must be received by Dec. 1.


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, recipients 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.

Nonresident students that have nonresident tuition paid by another source are not eligible to receive out-of-state fee waivers through automatic scholarshipss.

Exceptions to any of the above renewal requirements must be requested in writing to

Center for Academic Success and Excellence 
101 Student Success Center
Columbia, Mo 65211-6310

Additional information

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