Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship

Minimum qualifications

  • Effective for students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2019:
    • Level 1: Eligible composite ACT score will be 30 or higher (SAT of 1360 or higher); class rank qualification will be eliminated. All other qualifications will remain unchanged. 
    • Level 2: Eligible composite ACT score will be 27-29 (SAT of 1260-1350); class rank qualification will be eliminated. All other qualifications will remain unchanged. 
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Nonresident
  • Enrollment at MU the first semester after high school graduation

For information on scholarship criteria prior to Fall 2019, please contact us                                by email at


Award amount

Effective Fall 2019. Criteria for award amounts are listed above.

Level 1: Full nonresident tuition waiver (approx. $15,838)

Level 2: $7,000

Note: Recipients of the Level 2 amount may also receive the Border State Scholars Award, provided they also meet the qualifications for that award.

Effective Fall 2014.  New criteria for students receiving the Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship for the first time Fall 2014.

The Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship will be canceled or reduced if nonresident tuition is waived or paid by another source. 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.

Application process

No application required. Students are automatically considered once admitted to MU.


Renewable for an additional three years. Students can receive the scholarship for a maximum of eight regular (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

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.

Additional information

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