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 (ethnicity, place of residence, intended major, etc.)

Mizzou scholarships

Automatic scholarships

When you apply to Mizzou, you are automatically considered for several mutually exclusive scholarships. To be eligible for automatic scholarships, you must be enrolled:

  • at Mizzou the first semester (fall or spring) after graduating high school
  • as a full-time, degree-seeking student

National Merit Scholarship

Minimum qualifications include status as a National Merit finalist or semifinalist, and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Students must enroll at MU the first semester after high school. Finalists must declare the University of Missouri as their top choice with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Award amounts vary for Missouri residents and nonresidents.

Missouri Land Grant

The Missouri Land Grant may be awarded to all undergraduate Missouri residents who are full-time Pell Grant eligible and working toward their first undergraduate degree. For those eligible, the grant will cover all tuition and fees not covered by other grants or scholarships.

Departmental scholarships

MU Scholarship Application

You aren’t automatically considered for every scholarship at Mizzou. There are several departmental scholarships that you must apply for. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must submit the MU Annual Scholarship Application by Dec. 15.

Apply to Mizzou by Dec. 1 to get access to the scholarship application.


Mizzou gives out many scholarships based on financial need. You must complete the your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline on Feb. 1 to be considered for these scholarships.

Scholarships for first-time college students

Other scholarships

Private scholarships

Check out the Office of Student Financial Aid’s guide to private scholarships to see a list of organizations that provide online scholarship resources and search services.

When looking for scholarship search services, always be aware of any potential scams.

Stamps Scholars Program

MU has partnered with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation to recognize and reward up to five incoming Mizzou students who exemplify leadership, scholarship and service with full scholarships.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students should:

  • have a 32 ACT score
  • have a 3.5 or better core GPA
  • be admitted to MU and the Honors College
  • submit a resume, essay and recommendation letters by Dec. 1

See more information on the Stamps Scholars Program.

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Dates & deadlines

Apply for general and departmental scholarships

Dec. 15

You can apply for general and departmental scholarships after you’ve applied for admission.

Apply for the Brooks Scholarship

Dec. 15

The George C. Brooks Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are underrepresented at MU. Apply for this scholarship.

Apply for the Mizzou Scholars Award

Dec. 15

This award is for high-achieving students who are Missouri residents. Learn more about this scholarship.

Transfer student scholarship deadline

Feb. 1

Scholarship applications for transfer students are due. Apply for transfer scholarships.

See all dates and deadlines →