National Merit Scholarships

Minimum qualifications

  • Must be a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
  • Declare University of Missouri as your first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, if you are deemed a Finalist in early February
  • Enroll at MU the first semester after high school
  • U.S citizen or permanent resident

Award amount

National Merit Finalist Scholarship (Missouri Resident)

  • Full Tuition and Fees approximately $11,000/year ($44,000 total award over four years)
  • One year on-campus housing and dining (maximum may not exceed published estimate for the current academic year: 2018-19 year is $10,786)
  • $3,500 additional annual stipend
  • $2,000 research/study abroad support (one-time adjustment)
  • $1,000 tech enrichment (one-time adjustment)

National Merit Semi-Finalist Scholarship (Missouri Resident)
Does not require declaring the University of Missouri as your first choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

  • Full Tuition and Fees approximately $11,000/year  ($44,000 total award over four years)
  • $2,000 research/study abroad support (one-time adjustment)

Non-Missouri Residents

  • Waiver of non-resident tuition (approximately $15,000)
  • Additional $1,000 scholarship (or $2,000 scholarship with demonstrated financial need)

Non-Missouri resident students whose non-resident tuition is paid by another source are not eligible to receive the National Merit non-resident tuition waiver.  If Missouri residency is obtained, the waiver of non-resident tuition will be removed and will not be replaced with any comparable Missouri resident award.

PLEASE NOTE: Awards from all sources (federal, state, institutional, or private aid) may not exceed the annual cost of attendance assigned by MU.

Application process

Contact your high school guidance counselor.

Additional information

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

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.

Renewal

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.  Students may not utilize the scholarship during the summer term.

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 3.25 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.