The State of Missouri offers scholarships and grants to help students pay for college.

Some programs are based on financial need while others are awarded for merit. In addition, there are specific programs for Missouri high school students and others for students currently enrolled in college or university. There may be other terms and conditions, too. For these reasons, it’s important to consult eligibility requirements for all college scholarships.

It’s also important to know that federal and state scholarship programs typically require students to complete a  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While the prizes below are administered by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, state-level grants and scholarships are based on financial information submitted through the FAFSA process. The benefit is that you may qualify for federal financial aid like the Pell Grant program.

In addition to state and federal grants, there are many private scholarships available. In fact, there are likely thousands of scholarships you may qualify for as a college student. Scholarships are awarded for a variety of reasons. You may not have a perfect GPA or numerous extracurricular activities, but your profile may qualify you for a different type of prize. To find scholarship opportunities, speak with your school counselor, your school’s student financial aid office, and consult a scholarship database. The right prize is out there for you!

Now, here’s a list of scholarships and grants for Missouri residents. Remember, your search shouldn’t end here. There are many other opportunities for students attending Missouri’s colleges and universities.

Missouri Scholarship Programs

A+ Scholarship Program

The A+ Scholarship Program provides scholarship funds to eligible graduates of A+ designated high schools. Students must attend participating public community college or vocational/technical school, or certain private two-year vocational/technical schools.

The award will cover the difference between tuition cost and other grants received. The awarded amount is capped at the published standard per credit hour tuition rate charged by State Technical College of Missouri.

Bright Flight Program

The Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program is a merit-based program that encourages top-ranked high school seniors to attend approved Missouri post-secondary schools. To be eligible for this scholarship, you’ll need to meet a qualifying ACT and/or SAT score.

The award offers students between $1,000 and $3,000.

Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment Scholarship

The Dual Credit / Dual Enrollment Scholarship offers high school students a scholarship that covers the tuition and fees for their dual credit or dual enrollment courses. To qualify, students must demonstrate financial need and be taking dual credit or dual enrollment courses from a Missouri college or university in addition to meeting the program’s eligibility criteria. 

Award amounts vary.

Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program

The Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program is available to children of workers who were seriously injured or died in a work-related accident covered and compensated by workers’ compensation. The MDHEWD partners with Kids’ Chance, Inc. of Missouri, an organization that offers a similar, private scholarship, to identify eligible students. If you do not receive the state Kids’ Chance scholarship, you may be able to receive the private Kids’ Chance scholarship.

The award amount varies depending on several factors.

Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program

This scholarship is designed to assist academically talented minority and underrepresented individuals pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an environmental course of study that will lead to employment in a field that is clearly environmentally related. The Minority Environmental Literacy Advisory Committee selects recipients based on the degree to which applicants’ education, activities and career goals meet the goals of this program.

Award amounts vary annually.

Missouri Grant Programs

Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program

Access Missouri is a need-based program designed to be simple to understand, provide predictable, portable awards, and increase access to your school of choice. Your financial eligibility is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For two-year programs, students may receive between $300 and $1,300. Eligible students in four-year college programs may receive between $1,500 and $2,850.

Advanced Placement Incentive Grant

The Advanced Placement Incentive Grant is a nonrenewable grant designed to encourage high school students to take and score well on Advanced Placement tests in mathematics and science.

The award offers students a one-time grant of $500.

Public Service Officer or Employee’s Child Survivor Grant Program

This program provides tuition assistance to certain public employees and their families if the employee is killed or permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty.

The award amount is based on student enrollment status and funding availability.

Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program

The Wartime Veteran’s Survivors Grant Program is available to children and spouses of veterans who suffered death or injury while serving in combat.

Award amounts are $2,000 for room and board, up to $500 for books, plus lesser of the tuition charged for the number of hours in which you are enrolled OR the amount of tuition charged a Missouri resident enrolled in the same number of hours at the University of Missouri Columbia.

More Grants and Scholarships for Missouri College Students

If you’re looking to find money for education expenses, there’s good news. For high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, there are many more scholarships available. For example, here is a list of 10 scholarships due within the next month. Attending college can be costly, so it makes sense to apply for grants and scholarships. It may take some time and effort, but it’s worth it in the end. You’ve got this!