If you searching for scholarships in Missouri to cover the hefty price tag of attending one of the 37 public and 53 private post-secondary institutions within its borders, the information contained within this article will be helpful to you.

Situated in the Midwestern region at the confluence of the three greatest rivers of North America as the 21st most extensive and 18th most populous state, Missouri is home to some of the top-ranked universities in the Midwest and many scholarships to help its residents reach their fullest academic potential. The following are 25 of the most generous scholarships available specifically to residents and students within the “Show Me State.”

1. Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program

Deadline: April 1st

Established by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program provides up to $2,850 annually to undergraduate students enrolled full-time at a participating Missouri four-year institution who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $12,000 or less indicated on the FAFSA form. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree.

Contact

Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program
205 Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-2361
[email protected]

2. Ann and Doug Sickles Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 7th

Each year, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks presents the Ann and Doug Sickles Memorial Scholarship for $2,000 to a single parent, older student, returning student, or other non-traditional student who is pursuing a health-related or social science degree at any accredited Missouri institution. Qualified candidates must be residents of southwestern Missouri, be enrolled full-time with at least 12 credits, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

Contact

Ann and Doug Sickles Memorial Scholarship
425 East Trafficway
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801
(417) 864-6199
[email protected]
http://www.cfozarks.org/scholarships/scholarships/view/243

3. Bright Flight Higher Education Academic Scholarship

Deadline: July 31st

As a merit-based program designed to encourage top-ranked high school seniors to attend post-secondary schools in Missouri, the Bright Flight Higher Education Academic Scholarship offers up to $3,000 annually to those who have earned a composite score on the ACT or SAT in the top three percent of all Missouri students. Eligible candidates must be enrolled full-time at a participating Missouri institution and maintain satisfactory academic progress for renewal.

Contact

Bright Flight Higher Education Academic Scholarship
205 Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-2361
[email protected]

4. Charles E. Kruse Agricultural Scholarship

Deadline: March 15th

Sponsored by the Missouri Farm Bureau in honor of an outstanding agricultural leader, the Charles E. Kruse Scholarship awards $1,000 annually to graduating high school seniors who hold a current membership in Missouri and will be enrolling full-time with a declared major in an agricultural field. Along with the application, candidates are required to submit two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a copy of high school transcript, and proof of enrollment at a four-year institution in Missouri.

Contact

Charles E. Kruse Agricultural Scholarship
701 South Country Club Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 893-1414
[email protected]

5. Colonel Robert A. Miles Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

With the goal of promoting careers in business, transportation logistics, and physical distribution, the Scott-St. Louis Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) provides the Colonel Robert A. Miles Jr. Memorial Scholarship for $4,000 to top member dependents who reside in Illinois or Missouri. Qualified high school seniors and full-time college students must submit a 750-word essay on how their future career plans will contribute to the fields of transportation.

Contact

Colonel Robert A. Miles Jr. Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 25486
Scott Air Force Base, IL 62225
[email protected]

6. Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship

Deadline: Last Friday in November

Administered by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship is designed to grant up to $2,500 annually for undergraduate college students who are enrolled in an aviation program for initial or primary flight training. With preference given to residents of Kansas, Missouri, or Illinois, selection is based on academic performance, recommendations from an aviation professional, and flight qualifications.

Contact

Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly Scholarship
4226 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 845-9000
[email protected]
http://www.nata.aero/Scholarships/Dan-L.-Meisinger,-Sr.-Memorial-Scholarship.aspx

7. Donald Howard Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 1st and September 1st

Sponsored by the Missouri Recovery Network, the Donald Howard Scholarship Fund presents two $1,000 awards each semester to individuals who are currently in recovery from alcoholism or other drug addictions and are committed to pursuing an academic degree or vocational training. Eligible applicants must be Missouri residents, have a minimum of one-year sobriety, submit three letters of reference on recovery progress, and compose a brief 300-word essay.

Contact

Donald Howard Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 935
Columbia, MO 65205
(573) 634-1029
[email protected]

8. Dr. Joe McAdoo Southwest Missouri Public Relations Association Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Annually, the Dr. Joe McAdoo Southwest Missouri Public Relations Association Scholarship grants $1,000 to an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in communications or public relations at the College of the Ozarks, Drury University, Evangel University, Missouri State University, Missouri Southern State University, or Southwest Baptist University full-time. For consideration, applicants must attach an official sealed transcript, current resume of communication activities, and 600-word essay on career aspirations.

Contact

Dr. Joe McAdoo Southwest Missouri Public Relations Association Scholarship
P.O. Box 4807
Springfield, MO 65808
(417) 894-5071
[email protected]

9. Fred E. and Florence E. Kiefer Scholarship

Deadline: April 15th

Created by the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation in honor of two beloved residents, the Fred E. and Florence E. Kiefer Scholarship is designed to provide up to $1,000 to support young men and women residing in the St. Louis metropolitan area who would otherwise be unable to obtain post-secondary education. Qualified candidates must be active members of their church, maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better, have no police record, and show financial need.

Contact

Fred E. and Florence E. Kiefer Scholarship
319 North Fourth St. Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 588-8200 ext. 132
[email protected]

10. J.R. Popalisky Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 27th

Established by the Missouri Section American Water Works Association, the J.R. Popalisky Scholarship Fund (JRPSF) provides one or more scholarships annually for $1,000 apiece to undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in civil engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, or another field associated with water supply. Eligible candidates must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in Missouri with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Contact

J.R. Popalisky Scholarship Fund
227 East Dennis Avenue
Olathe, KS 66061
(913) 782-0541
[email protected]
http://www.awwa-mo.org/site/?page_id=10

11. Janelle Downing Memorial 4-H Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

For current or former 4-H members within the state of Missouri, the Janelle Downing Memorial 4-H Scholarship presents $1,000 to incoming freshmen who have been accepted with a major in veterinary medicine, pre-veterinary medicine, or animal science. While preference is given to applicants planning to enroll in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, consideration will be given to candidates enrolling at any accredited public four-year Missouri institution.

Contact

Janelle Downing Memorial 4-H Scholarship
1110 South College Avenue
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-9359
[email protected]

12. Kansas City IFMA Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th

Each year, the Kansas City Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) distributes up to $5,000 in tuition assistance to full-time undergraduate or graduate students in Missouri who demonstrate the effective communication and problem-solving skills for excellence in facility management. Qualified candidates must be studying interior design, architecture, engineering, business operations, construction science, environmental design, or facility management at any accredited Missouri college.

Contact

Kansas City IFMA Scholarships
P.O. Box 412591
Kansas City, MO 64141
(913) 894-5202
[email protected]

13. Mizzou Alumni Association True Sons & Daughters Alumni Scholarships

Deadline: Feb. 1

Students who are children or grandchildren of University of Missouri – Columbia and who are currently accepted to the university (with a valid student I.D. number) are welcomed to apply for the True Sons & Daughters Alumni Scholarship. Students must have graduated within the top 20% of their high school class (or achieved at least a 26 on the ACT) and maintain a 2.75 GPA during their fall semester of their freshman year at U of M. Only online applications are accepted.

Contact

Mizzou Alumni Association
23 Reynolds Alumni Center
Columbia, MO 65211
Toll Free: (800) 372-6822, Local: (573) 882-6611
Fax: (573) 882-5145
Email:[email protected]
Scholarship Application

14. Kids’ Chance Inc. of Missouri Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th and October 30th

In partnership with the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Kids’ Chance, Inc. of Missouri offers up to $3,000 to children of workers who have been seriously injured or killed in a work-related accident covered by workers’ compensation within Missouri. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, legal Missouri residents, between the ages of 17 and 22 years old, enrolled at least half-time at a participating institution, and have an EFC of $12,000 or less.

Contact

Kids’ Chance Inc. of Missouri Scholarships
P.O. Box 410384
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 997-3390
[email protected]
http://www.mokidschance.org/application.html

15. Larry Carp Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 15th

Sponsored by the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, the Larry Carp Memorial Scholarship grants $1,000 to graduating high school seniors within the St. Louis metropolitan area who are either immigrants or the children of an immigrant to the United States. Eligible applicants must demonstrate financial need, be enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. institution, be pursuing a degree in a STEM field, and submit an essay on scientific interests.

Contact

Larry Carp Memorial Scholarship
319 North Fourth St. Suite 300
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 588-8200 ext. 132
[email protected]

16. Missouri Advanced Placement Incentive Grant Program

Deadline: June 1st

Administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, the Missouri Advanced Placement Incentive Grant Program offers a one-time $500 grant to students graduating from Missouri public high schools with two grades of three or higher on AP examinations in the fields of math or science, including biology, calculus, chemistry, environmental science, physics, and statistics. Eligible candidates must submit an application, proof of post-secondary school enrollment, and a copy of the official AP score reports.

Contact

Missouri Advanced Placement Incentive Grant Program
205 Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-2361
[email protected]

17. Missouri Corn Growers Association Scholarships

Deadline: February 7th

For a maximum of $1,000 each, the Missouri Corn Growers Association Scholarships are granted to graduating high school seniors from a Missouri farm or rural area who have been accepted to attend a two or four-year institution within the state with a major in the field of agronomy or agriculture. Along with the completed application, students are asked to attach an official high school transcript, at least one letter of recommendation, and proof of enrollment.

Contact

Missouri Corn Growers Association Scholarships
3118 Emerald Lane
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573) 893-4181
[email protected]

18. Missouri Public Service Survivor Grant Program

Deadline:

Annually, the Missouri Public Service Survivor Grant Program provides full-tuition scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled at participating public Missouri schools who are the spouses or children of a public safety officer that was killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty, including firefighters, police officers, parole officers, correctional officers, park rangers, or highway patrolmen employed by Missouri. Eligible applicants must be Missouri residents, be pursuing their first bachelor’s degree, and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Contact

Missouri Public Service Survivor Grant Program
205 Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 1469
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-2361
[email protected]
http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/publicserviceofficer.php

19. Missouri Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Internships

Deadline: May 1st

With the goal of engaging, training, and preparing young engineers for NASA’s future missions, the Missouri Space Grant Consortium offers numerous Undergraduate Research Internships each summer with a $2,500 scholarship to undergraduate students enrolled in any Missouri post-secondary institution with a major related to the aerospace or space science industries. Selection for the competitive internships is based on academic performance, letters of recommendation, and potential for success.

Contact

Missouri Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Internships
400 West 13th St.
Rolla, MO 64509
(573) 341-4887
[email protected]

20. Paul and Helen L. Grauer Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st

Sponsored by the Midwest Division of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Paul and Helen L. Grauer Scholarship is presented annually for $1,000 to residents of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, or Nebraska who have an active amateur radio license and are attending an accredited post-secondary institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Eligible candidates must be majoring in broadcast journalism, communications, electronic engineering, media studies, public relations, publishing, radio and television broadcasting technology, or sports communication.

Contact

Paul and Helen L. Grauer Scholarship
31992 Knolwood Place
Macon, MO 63552
(660) 385-5204
[email protected]

21. Peggy Cochran NEA Student Member Scholarship

Deadline: February 10th

In honor of the former Executive Director of the Missouri National Education Association (MNEA), the Peggy Cochran NEA Student Member Scholarship provides financial assistance to members who are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate teacher education program in Missouri with the goal of teaching in elementary or secondary schools. For consideration, individuals must submit an essay, two letters of recommendation, and a list of leadership positions in extra-curricular activities.

Contact

Peggy Cochran NEA Student Member Scholarship
1810 East Elm St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(800) 832-5726 ext. 1117
[email protected]

22. Richard E. Dorr Memorial Law Scholarship

Deadline: March 7th

For those who have graduated from high school in Springfield or Jefferson City, the Richard E. Dorr Memorial Law Scholarship has been established by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks to provide $3,000 to second or third-year law students who are attending any accredited law school in the state. Along with the application, eligible candidates are required to attach a 500-word essay on reasons for pursuing a law degree, an official college transcript, and documentation of financial need.

Contact

Richard E. Dorr Memorial Law Scholarship
425 East Trafficway
P.O. Box 8960
Springfield, MO 65801
(417) 864-6199
[email protected]
http://www.cfozarks.org/category/scholarships/

23. SWCS Missouri Show-Me Chapter Scholarships

Deadline: December 2nd

Each year, the Missouri Show-Me Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) presents $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships to provide major financial aid to undergraduate Missouri students who are planning to or are currently pursuing a degree related to natural resource management for career goals in soil and water conservation. All interested applicants must compose an original three to five-page essay discussing the best actions for resolving any Farm Bill-related issue.

Contact

SWCS Missouri Show-Me Chapter Scholarships
7005 Southeast Ketchem Rd.
Cameron, MO 64429
(816) 632-0735
[email protected]

24. William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund

Deadline: March 1st

Founded in 1985 to address the profound problem of talented high school students lacking the financial resources to achieve college education, the William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund is available for graduating high school seniors in the First Congressional District of Missouri who demonstrate financial need to enroll in a post-secondary institution full-time. Applicants must submit an autobiographical statement, three letters of recommendation, an official transcript, college entrance scores, and a copy of parents’ income tax return.

Contact

William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund
P.O. Box 4693
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 721-0091
[email protected]

25. William R. Kimel Engineering Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the William R. Kimel Engineering Scholarship is awarded annually for $2,500 to undergraduate students who are enrolled as a junior in an ABET-accredited engineering program at any institution in either Kansas or Missouri. Selection for the scholarships will be based on grade point average, internship experience, extra-curricular involvement, faculty recommendations, honors or awards, and an essay on engineering career aspirations.

Contact

William R. Kimel Engineering Scholarship
200 East McCarty St. Suite 200
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 636-4861
[email protected]
http://www.nspe.org/resources/students/scholarships

While there may be no getting around the rising costs of pursuing a post-secondary education today, there are plenty of tuition assistance resources available to help reduce the financial burden of attending college and avoid accumulating large amounts of student loan debt. Whether you were born and raised or are planning to attend school in the “Show Me State,” be sure to check out these 25 excellent scholarships in Missouri to cover your academic expenses for opening educational and career opportunities.