Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship Application

Application process

The scholarship application for the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship consists of two parts:

  1. Your address, contact and academic information, as well as a list of organizations and activities you have participated in and awards and honors received.
  2. Two essays.

You should also make sure that you have submitted a transcript showing your class rank percentile (6th semester in high school) and your highest ACT or SAT score to the Missouri State office of admissions by the Dec. 1 deadline. As long as the university has a transcript on file, it is not necessary to include a duplicate with the application for the scholarship.

How to apply

You may apply for this scholarship online below.

Based on submitted applications, finalists will be selected for on-campus interviews.

Inclusive Excellence Scholarship

The Inclusive Excellence Scholarship supports the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.  Students selected for this program will participate in a personal and leadership development program administered by the Office of Multicultural Services.


$4,000 per year. Total potential value over four years:  $16,000.  Non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of out-of-state tuition.

Number offered



Submit the Inclusive Excellence Scholarship Application by January 30.  You must also have submitted an application for admission, required transcripts and test scores, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by that date.

Selection criteria

To be considered for this scholarship, you must have a demonstrated commitment to the promotion of diversity and inclusion.  You must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be from a historically underrepresented group (including, but not limited to Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander/Desi American, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous (Native American, Alaskan, Hawaiian), Multiethnic, LGBTQ+)
  • Be from a low socio-economic background
  • Be a first-generation student (you are considered first-generation if neither of your parents has a bachelor’s degree)
  • Have a documented disability

Your academic performance and your record of school and community service will also be considered.

Students will be selected by a committee established by the Office of Multicultural Services.

Renewal criteria

Complete 27 MSU credit hours per year with a cumulative MSU GPA of 2.75 or higher and complete the requirements of the Inclusive Excellence Program established by the Office of Multicultural Services.

Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship, Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award and Diversity in Education Scholarship Application

Completing this application once will qualify you for consideration for all of the scholarships listed above.

Before completing the online application, we recommend that you review the required information in advance and have all materials ready to submit, as you must complete the application in one sitting.

You can fill in each field manually or cut and paste the required information. However, most formatting will be lost if you cut and paste, although hard returns will be preserved.

Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship Interview Day

Feb. 24, 2018

Deadline for 2018-19 passed

Thank you for your interest in the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship at Missouri State University. The deadline for the Inclusive Excellence Leadership Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year was December 1, 2017.

The application for the 2019-20 academic year will be available on this site beginning approximately September 1, 2018.

For more information contact:

Office of Admissions
417-836-3736 or toll free at 800-492-7900