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Presidential Scholarship Application

  • Presidential Scholarship

  • University Scholarship

  • Presidential Scholarship


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

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    Complete the Missouri State Presidential Scholarship Application and apply for admission by December 1.   

    Selection criteria

    Rank in the top 10 percent of class (or have a 3.90 grade point average on a 4.00 scale) at the end of the sixth semester and have an ACT of 30 (or SAT of 1330*). ACT or SAT scores taken during or before October of the senior year will be considered.

    Finalists will be selected following an on-campus interview process. Qualified students who apply but are not chosen will receive the Board of Governors Scholarship and be considered for the University Scholarship.

    *SAT score reflects the sum of the Critical Reading and Math portions of the SAT only.

    Renewal criteria

    Complete 30 Missouri State credit hours each academic year with a 3.60 cumulative Missouri State grade point average.

    Additionally, to renew for their fourth year, students must complete an average of 40 hours of community or campus service each year during their first three years.

  • University Scholarship


    Board of Governors Scholarship plus $2,000 per year for the first and second years to be applied to on-campus room and board. Total potential value over four years: $24,000 plus the Study Away voucher. Non-Missouri residents will also receive a full waiver of non-resident fees. 

    Number available



    Apply for the Presidential Scholarship.

    Selection criteria

    Students who are invited to interview for the Presidential Scholarship will be considered for this scholarship.

    Renewal criteria

    Complete 30 Missouri State credit hours each academic year with a 3.50 cumulative Missouri State grade point average.

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 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.

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

Ways to apply

You may apply online below or submit a paper application.

Paper applications are available from the Office of Admissions by calling (toll free) 800-492-7900 or by emailing You may also print a downloadable application.

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More information

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 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. If you have a pre-prepared resume or specially-formatted essay, you are encouraged to submit a paper application.

Presidential Scholarship Interview Day

Jan. 23, 2016

General information

Academic criteria

Please provide either your ACT score (minimum of 30) or your SAT score (minimum of 1330).

SAT requirements are based on a sum of the Critical Reading and Mathematics sub scores. The Writing score is not included in evaluation.

Please provide one of the following:

Class rank out of class size (must be top 10 percent) or cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

Involvement in organizations/community service

List organizations to which you belong, as well as community service you have performed. Include any offices held (if applicable) and appropriate dates. Please list:

  • Organization name/community service
  • Dates of membership
  • Offices held (dates in office)

Separate information by commas. Create a new line for each entry.


Pep club: Sept. 2013 - present (Vice President: Sept 2013 - May 2014, President: Sept. 2014 - present)
Student Council: April 2013 - April 2015 (Treasurer: April 2014 - April 2015)

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List awards and honors you have received. Create a new line for each entry.

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Please provide your essay which introduces you to the selection committee. The essay (no more than two pages in length) should consist of a creative personal profile describing your interests, academic goals, and career plans. We suggest that you use a word processing application to create your essay and then copy and paste it in to this form upon completion. Please note that most formatting will be lost, although hard returns will be preserved.

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