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

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 need to submit the MU Annual Scholarship Application by Dec. 15.

You must 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 March 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.

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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. 1

This award is for high-achieving students who are Missouri residents. Apply for this scholarship.

Transfer student scholarship deadline

Feb. 1

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

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