Freshman Scholarships

Scholarships are education funds that don’t have to be repaid. Scholarship eligibility is based on the following factors:

  • Merit (academic achievement, athletic skills, community service, etc.)
  • Need (financial need, hardship, etc.)
  • Special characteristics (place of residence, intended major, etc.)

Automatic Scholarships

Once you apply and are admitted, you’ll automatically be considered for a range of scholarships. In fact, 4 out of 5 Mizzou students receive some form of assistance through grants, scholarships, loans or other aid.

Award details listed below apply to first-time college freshmen entering Fall 2024. All awards are renewable provided certain criteria are met. Renewal criteria are available on the Student Financial Aid website. Unless otherwise noted, scholarships may not be combined. Missouri resident scholarships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

Students applying test-optional for admission and do not have official test scores on file are reviewed holistically for scholarships.

AUTOMATIC AWARDS FOR FALL 2024AMOUNT PER YEARMINIMUM CRITERIAADDITIONAL CRITERIA
Chancellor’s Award$7,200See chart below
Curators Scholars Award$5,000See chart below
Excellence Award$3,500See chart below
Provost’s Award$1,000See chart below
Missouri Land Grant100% of unmet need for tuition and feesFor Pell-eligible studentsMust submit FAFSA to MU by Feb. 1. Also available to transfer students.
National Merit Finalist & Semifinalist Scholarship100% tuition
and fees
+ $3,500
additional stipend
+ $13,550 one year
on-campus
housing and
dining
+ one-time
payments $2,000
for research/study
abroad $1,000 for
tech enrichment
Deemed a National
Merit Finalist or Semifinalist by
National Merit
Scholarship
Corporation (NMSC)
Perfect Score Scholarship100% tuition
and fees
+ $3,500
additional stipend
+ $13,550 one year
on-campus
housing and
dining
+ one-time
payments $2,000
for research/study
abroad $1,000 for
tech enrichment
36 ACT or 1570-1600 SAT (superscores used)
This is a chart depicting automatic award amounts for Missouri residents. For help estimating your award amount, contact the Office of Admissions.

Other awards for Missouri residents

Award details listed below apply to first-time college freshmen entering Fall 2024. These awards are available to students enrolling at Mizzou the first semester after high school graduation and are renewable provided certain criteria are met. They may be combined with the automatic awards for Missouri Residents listed above.

OTHER AWARDSAMOUNT PER YEARMINIMUM CRITERIAADDITIONAL CRITERIA
Bright Flight*Up to $3,000Awarded by the State of MissouriCan be combined with other awards.

Unless noted, all scholarships/fee reductions require recipients to enroll at Mizzou the first semester after high school graduation. Some scholarships/fee reductions are subject to change without notice. They are not to be regarded as offers to contract. Financial aid awards from all sources (federal, state, institutional or private aid) may not exceed the annual cost of attendance assigned by MU. Scholarships are only applicable to the fall and spring semesters; therefore, students cannot receive these awards in the summer semester. Students starting in the middle of the academic year (Spring term) will receive half of the scholarship award for their first term of entry.

Award details listed below apply to first-time college freshmen entering Fall 2024. All awards are renewable provided certain criteria are met.  Unless otherwise noted, scholarships may not be combined. Nonresident scholarships can only be applied to the nonresident portion of tuition. Nonresident scholarships are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. Nonresident distance students admitted into an online program are not eligible for automatic scholarships due to paying a different tuition rate.

Students applying test-optional for admission and do not have official test scores on file are reviewed holistically for scholarships.

AUTOMATIC AWARDS FOR FALL 2024AMOUNT PER YEARMINIMUM CRITERIAADDITIONAL CRITERIA
Mark Twain Level 1$21,500See chart below
Mark Twain Level 2$8,500See chart below
Black & Gold Level 1$21,500See chart belowHave a biological, adoptive or stepparent who graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou)
Black & Gold Level 2$11,000See chart belowHave a biological, adoptive or stepparent who graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou)
Black & Gold Border County Award$21,500Have a biological, adoptive or stepparent who graduated from the University of Missouri (Mizzou)Reside in a county bordering Missouri
Tiger Border County Award Level 1*$21,5003.8+ cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scaleReside in a county bordering Missouri
Tiger Border County Award Level 2*$17,0003.25-3.799 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scaleReside in a county bordering Missouri
Border State Award**$3,000See chart belowReside in one of the eight states that border Missouri.
Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee
National Merit Finalist Scholarship$21,500Deemed a National Merit Finalist by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)Declare the University of Missouri first choice with NMSC
Declare by May 1 for an additional $1,000

Awards cannot be combined unless otherwise noted.
*Tiger Border County Award cannot be combined with other MU grants or scholarships
**Border State Award can only be combined with Mark Twain Level 2 or Black & Gold Level 2

This is a chart depicting Mark Twain Award amounts for non-Missouri residents. For help estimating your award amount, contact the Office of Admissions.
This is a chart depicting Black & Gold Award amounts for non-Missouri residents. For help estimating your award amount, contact the Office of Admissions.
This is a chart depicting Border State Award amounts for non-Missouri residents. For help estimating your award amount, contact the Office of Admissions.

Unless noted, all scholarships/fee reductions require recipients to enroll at Mizzou the first semester after high school graduation. Some scholarships/fee reductions are subject to change without notice. They are not to be regarded as offers to contract. Financial aid awards from all sources (federal, state, institutional or private aid) may not exceed the annual cost of attendance assigned by MU. Scholarships requiring a separate application (including ScholarshipUniverse Application, Stamps, and all Scholars & Fellows programs in the Honors College) have a due date of Dec. 1. The recommended date to apply for Admission to meet this deadline is Nov. 15. Scholarships are only applicable to the fall and spring semesters; therefore, students cannot receive these awards in the summer semester. Students starting in the middle of the academic year (Spring term) will receive half of the scholarship award for their first term of entry.

Visit the International Student Scholarships page for information on scholarships for international freshmen and international transfer students.

Competitive Scholarships

Competitive award details listed below apply to first-time college freshmen entering Fall 2024. These awards are available to students enrolling at Mizzou the first semester after high school graduation. They are renewable provided certain criteria are met. Renewal criteria are available on the Student Financial Aid website. Unless otherwise noted, none of these scholarships may be combined with any other awards.

COMPETITIVE AWARDSAMOUNT PER YEARMINIMUM CRITERIAADDITIONAL CRITERIA
Stamps Scholars AwardFull Scholarship
(up to estimated cost of attendance)
+ one-time award
$16,000 for academic development and leadership
32–36 ACT or 1420–1600 SAT
and 3.5 core GPA
Must be admitted to Mizzou and the Honors College by Dec. 1 and submit required documents by Dec. 1.
The most distinguished applicants will become semifinalists and will be notified of the next steps in the interview process.
Mizzou Scholars Award
(Missouri only)
$11,000Must be a Missouri resident with 33–36 ACT or 1450–1600 SAT and excellent academic recordAn application for admission, a résumé and essay must be submitted by Dec. 1. A committee will review candidates’ credentials and supplemental material. Strongest consideration will be given to the strength of the academic record.
Columns Award
(Nonresidents only)
Starting at $15,000Nonresident, incoming, first-time college studentsRecipients are automatically screened upon admission and selected based on criteria including, but not limited to, geography, legacy status and overall academic record. This award cannot be combined with other MU grants or scholarships. A limited number of these awards are available.

General & Departmental Scholarships

You aren’t automatically considered for every scholarship at Mizzou. To be considered for general and departmental scholarships from Mizzou, log into ScholarshipUniverse to answer a series of matching questions. Then complete the individual applications for even more scholarships – both internal and external.

You’ll access ScholarshipUniverse via your Application Status Page after you submit the application for admission.

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