Diversity Award

Minimum qualifications

  • Competitive high school academic record, including grades, class rank and ACT or SAT scores
  • 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 underrepresented in relation to the University's goal to achieve educational benefits of a diverse student body.
  • First preference given to Missouri residents
  • Students admitted on probation are not eligible for the Diversity Award

Award amount

  • Missouri resident: $2,500 per year
  • Non-Missouri resident: 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

No separate application is required.  All admitted students are automatically reviewed for consideration for the scholarship and students who are eligible for the scholarship will be notified. 


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 2.2 or higher

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 whose nonresident tuition is 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.

Should a nonresident student apply for and be approved for Missouri residency, the scholarship will be cancelled and will not be replaced with a Missouri resident equivalent award.