Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship

The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship is designed to enhance recruitment and retention of academically talented undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are typically under-represented in higher education. This scholarship is named to honor Dr. Donald M. Suggs, newspaper publisher, retired oral surgeon, patron of the arts and distinguished community leader. His contributions to the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri are recognized and honored by the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Minimum qualifications

  • Composite ACT score of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 1260 or higher for the new exam
  • 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 under-represented in relation to the University's goal to achieve educational benefits of a diverse student body.
  • First preference shall be given to students who are residents of the greater St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area.

Award amount

  • Missouri resident: $15,000 per year 
  • Non-Missouri resident: Nonresidents also receive a 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.  (Will be canceled or reduced if nonresident tuition is waived or paid by another source.)
  • An additional amount of up to $7,000 for a study abroad experience also is included
  • $2,000 stipend for freshman year participation in MU Discovery Fellows Research Program
  • Recipients of the Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship are eligible to receive the Bright Flight Scholarship. The Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship cannot be combined with certain general University scholarships such as the Curator’s Scholar Award, Excellence Award, Chancellor’s Award, George C. Brooks Scholarship, Diversity Award, Mizzou Scholars Award, Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship, Black and Gold Scholarships, Border State Scholars, and the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship. The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship may be reduced if all federal, state, institutional and private aid received by the student exceeds the cost of attendance as defined by the MU Student Financial Aid Office.

Application process

Interested applicants should apply for admission to MU, submit official transcripts and official test scores (from test score providers ACT or College Board) 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 as yet 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: futuretigers.missouri.edu/register/brooks2019.

Please note that this is a separate application and essay from the MU Scholarship Application.

Questions about this scholarship can be emailed to: SuggsAwards@missouri.edu.

Suggs Scholarship Coordinator
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

If selected for an interview, applicants will be invited to campus 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, you 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.

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.