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State Scholarships

The Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE) offers the following state scholarships:

Missouri Higher Education Academic "Bright Flight" Scholarship

The Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship is awarded to Missouri High School Graduates who earn an ACT or SAT composite score in the top 3 percent of all Missouri students and choose to attend a participating Missouri school. Contingent on state funding, the value of the Missouri Bright Flight Scholarship is set at approximately $2,500 per academic year, awarded in two payments of $1,250 each semester.

Requirements:

  1. Have a composite score on the ACT or the SAT in the top 3 percent of all Missouri students taking those tests. For information about the qualifying ACT or SAT score, contact the Missouri Department of High Education;

  2. Be a graduating high school senior who enrolls as a first-time, full-time student at an approved Missouri school;

  3. Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen;

  4. Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity;

  5. Be making satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school.

Bright Flight Application Procedures:  MDHE will receive your approved Missouri college or university choices from your ACT or SAT assessment records along with your ACT and SAT composite score(s). Eligible students will receive approval letters from the MDHE. To be eligible, you must achieve a qualifying composite score by the June ACT and SAT test dates.

Marguerite Ross-Barnett Scholarship

The Marguerite Ross-Barnett Scholarship is a need-based, state funded scholarship that is awarded to part-time students who are employed and compensated for at least twenty hours per week. The amount of the award varies per student, but is limited to the cost of tuition.

Requirements:

  1. Be enrolled at least half time but less than full time (6 - 11 credit hours);

  2. Be employed and compensated for at least 20 hours per week;

  3. Not be employed under the Title IV College Work Study program;
  4. Be 18 years of age;

  5. Demonstrate financial need;

  6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school;

  7. Be a Missouri resident and a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen;

  8. Not be pursuing a degree or certificate in theology or divinity;

  9. Not have received your first bachelor's degree or completed 150 semester credit hours.
     

For more information, visit Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship

The Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship is funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The scholarship is a competitive, renewable award of $3,000.00 for up to four years.

Requirements:

  1. Be a Missouri resident;

  2. Be African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, or Native American;

  3. Be a high school senior, college student or returning adult (without a degree) who ranks in the top 25 percent of their high school class or scores in the top 25 national percentile on an ACT or SAT examination; Or, individuals with a baccalaureate degree who are returning to an approved math or science teacher education program;

  4. Be enrolled full-time in an approved teacher education program

For more information, visit Missouri Department of Higher Education.