Centennial Leaders Scholarship Program

  • Centennial Leaders

The Centennial Leaders scholarship is a program designed to provide recipients the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in order to excel in campus and community leadership roles, while providing academic financial assistance.


The Hutchens/SGA Centennial Leaders Scholarship is a two-year scholarship program jointly funded by a generous donation from the Hutchens family and a matching contribution by the students at Missouri State. The scholarship provides to recipients $2,500 of financial aid per year.  The program is designed to recognize deserving students who exhibit outstanding leadership potential. To receive financial aid and acceptance into the program, applicants must excel in three of the four areas:

  • Leadership
  • Volunteerism
  • Performing Arts
  • Athletics

First Year

The first year of the Centennial Leaders Program is designed to integrate the students into the campus.  The first year program includes the following aspects:

  • Welcome Banquet: A meet and greet dinner to get to know all the scholarship recipients, facilitators, faculty, and staff.
  • Leadership Program:  A 5-week course led by older students that meets once every other week to teach students valuable leadership skills.
  • Fall Weekend Retreat:  An all expenses paid weekend long leadership retreat including a ropes course at the Windermere Conference Center in Roach, MO.
  • Spring Sessions:  Special workshops focused on professional development.
  • Centennial Leaders Interviews:   Assist in interviewing incoming Centennial Leader applicants.
  • Socials: Opportunities for peers to get to know one another. 
  • Volunteer opportunities within the Springfield community.

Second Year

The second year designed for the sophomore level scholarship recipients encourages them to pursue campus and community leadership roles.

  • Points System:  Sophomores are asked to obtain at least 100 points in their second year of the program.  Points are earned by getting involved in organizations on campus, working, community service, and many other options.
  • STAR Awards Banquet:  Students are recognized for their completion of the program.
  • Spring Sessions: Special workshops focused on professional development. 
  • Volunteer opportunities within the Springfield community.

How to Apply - Recipient

To apply, complete the online application no later than Jan. 30th. Your scholarship application and your application for admission to Missouri State must be received by the deadline to be considered.  Based on submitted applications, finalists will be selected to attend interviews on the Missouri State campus.  For more information or to apply for this program,  please visit link provided below:

The Hutchens/SGA Centennial Leaders Scholarship

How to Apply - Facilitator

During their first fall semester, Centennial Leaders participants' will complete a ropes course and 5 leadership sessions. The leadership program component is led by older students and gives the scholarship participants differing perspectives on leadership and values. The facilitators for this program take responsibility for helping plan session content, leading the sessions, and working with students as they develop. Facilitators gain valuable skills in leadership development, small group communication, program facilitation, and planning. Any student interested in applying to be a Centennial Leaders Facilitator should follow the link below and the instructions therein.

Applications open in April 2019!