Presidential Scholarship Application

Application process

The scholarship application consists of two parts:

  1. Address, contact and academic information, as well as a list of organizations and activities participated in and awards and honors received
  2. An essay consisting of a personal profile describing interests, academic goals and career plans

You should also make sure that you have submitted a 6th semester transcript showing your cumulative grade point average 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.

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

Ways to apply

You may apply online below.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Sean Kliethermes, Presidential Scholarship recruitment coordinator. He may be reached by calling 417-836-4353 or 800-492-7900, or by email at

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is the University’s top academic scholarship.


$12,500 per year ($6,250 for tuition and $6,250 for on-campus housing). Total potential value over four years: $50,000. Non-Missouri residents also receive a full waiver of out-of-state tuition.

Number offered


Another 50 students who interview for the Presidential Scholarship will be offered the University Scholarship, equal to the Board of Governors Scholarship plus an additional $2,000 per year for the first two years that can be applied to on-campus housing.


Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application and apply for admission by December 1 of your senior year.

Selection criteria

ACT composite score of 31 (SAT of 1390) or higher from a test taken on or before October of your senior year and a cumulative sixth semester GPA of 3.90 or higher. National Merit Semifinalists may also apply. Finalists are selected through an on-campus interview process.

Renewal criteria

Presidential Scholars must complete 27 MSU credit hours per year with a cumulative MSU GPA of 3.50 or higher. To renew for their fourth year, Presidential Scholars must also complete an average of 40 hours of community or campus service each year during their first three years. Renewal criteria for the University Scholarship are the same as for the Board of Governors Scholarship.

Presidential and University Scholarship Application

Completing this application once will qualify you for consideration for the Presidential Scholarship and University Scholarship.

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.

Presidential Scholarship Interview Day

Jan. 26, 2019

Deadline for 2019-20 passed

Thank you for your interest in the Presidential Scholarship at Missouri State University. The deadline for the Presidential Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year was December 1, 2018.

The application for the 2020-21 academic year will be available on this site beginning approximately September 1, 2019.

For questions, contact:

Office of Student Financial Aid
417-836-4432 or 800-283-4243