The Show-Me State isn’t just known for high-quality museums and the Ozarks, Missouri is also home to top universities like the University of Missouri and Missouri State University. But studying here doesn’t come cheap. Throughout the state, in-state students can expect to pay an average of $6,463 while that price jumps to $16,381 for out-of-state students. Luckily, scholarships can help!

Benefits of Scholarships & How to Apply

Scholarships are awesome because they never need to be paid back (and who doesn’t like free money?). Plus, there are all types of scholarships out there for all kinds of people. Going Merry is the best place to start your search. We make it easy by matching you with the scholarships you qualify for and allowing you to apply directly through the site. Next, talk to your high school guidance counselor or college financial aid office for more information.

In the meantime, check out our step-by-step guide to applying for scholarships or our expert tips for bringing your scholarship application to the next level.

scholarships in missouri

Now, here are 11 scholarships in Missouri to save you money on tuition:

1. Purdy Emerging Leaders Scholarship

These scholarships in Missouri provide merit-based awards for emerging leaders. Applicants should demonstrate a strong work ethic and have a passion for changing the world. The amount of the award is determined by Estimated Family Contribution (think FAFSA).

Amount: $2,000 to $5,000

Provider: The Missouri Scholarship & Loan Foundation (MSLF)

Who Can Apply: College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors

Requirements: (a) Full-time Student Status, (b) Minimum GPA of 3.0, (c) Residency in Missouri. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

2. Bright Flight Scholarship Program

Created for top high school seniors attending approved colleges or universities within the state, the Bright Flight Scholarship Program provides merit-based aid. The winner is determined heavily based on ACT and SAT scores and applicants must have a composite ACT or SAT score that either is in the top 3% of all Missouri students taking the test or in the top 4th or 5th percentiles of all Missouri students taking those tests. This scholarship is also renewable!

Amount: Up to $3,000

Provider: Missouri Department of Higher Education

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Plans to attend an approved college or university in Missouri, (b) Qualifying SAT or ACT scores, (c) Residency in Missouri, (d) U.S. citizen or permanent resident, (e) Full-time student status. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

3. Honeywell Opportunity for Prosperity Through Education Scholarship

With the aim of giving financially challenged high school students a shot at college, these scholarships in Missouri specifically focus on those entering a manufacturing trade or technical profession. Preference is given to students graduating from Kansas City Public Schools, Kansas City, KS Public Schools (USD #500), Independence Public Schools, Grandview High School, Center High School, Ruskin High School, Alta Vista Charter School or Bishop Ward High School as well as students who have participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and/or Boys and Girls Club.

Amount: Varies

Provider: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Enrollment (or plans to enroll) in a relevant program, (b) Financial need, (c) Minimum 2.5 GPA (unweighted), (d) Residency in Missouri. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

scholarships in missouri

4. Q104 Future Voices Scholarship

High school graduates between 18 and 49 years old can apply for these generous scholarships. Applicants must be residents of Jackson, Clay, Cass, or Platte Counties in Missouri or Johnson or Wyandotte Counties in Kansas. Recipients can attend any two- or four-year college, university, or technical school. Emphasis is placed on factors such as perseverance, financial need, educational interest, and community service.

Amount: $2,500

Provider: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, High School Graduates

Requirements: (a) Residency in the Kansas City area, (b) Minimum 2.5 GPA. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

5. The Missouri Bankers Association Scholarship

High school students with a love for banking are eligible to apply for these scholarships in Missouri. A total of seven scholarships are awarded each year.

Amount: $1,000

Provider: The Missouri Bankers Association

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Plans to pursue a banking-related degree, (b) Residency in Missouri. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

scholarships in missouri

6. Nolan Moore Foundation Scholarship

In memory of the late Executive Director of PIA-Texas, who was widely known for his passion for industry workforce development and career awareness, these awards are available to students in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas. Applicants should be pursuing a career or degree in printing technology/management. Winners are selected based on both academic and non-academic scholarships.

Amount: $500 to $2,500

Provider: PIA MidAmerica

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, Undergraduate College Students

Requirements: (a) Enrollment in an accredited printing management or technology program, (b) Residency in OK, TX, MO, or KS, (c) Residency in Missouri. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

 

7. The Mayflower Society of Missouri Scholarship

High school seniors in the state of Missouri can apply for this unique niche scholarship. Applicants must write an essay on a topic related to the Mayflower Pilgrims. The awards are primarily funded by member contributions and corporate matching grants.

Amount: $500 to $1,500

Provider: Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Missouri

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors

Requirements: (a) Plans to attend a college or university, (b) Residency in Missouri. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

8. Harley and Geneva Anderson Memorial Scholarship

An awesome study abroad scholarship, the Harley and Geneva Anderson Memorial Scholarship supports academic travel between Kansas City students and students in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, or Iceland. The recipient can be either a high school or college student and can be either an American or Scandinavian student. 

Amount: Varies

Provider: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, Undergraduate College Students

Requirements: (a) Accepted to study abroad, (b) Minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent, (c) Residency in Missouri. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

scholarships in missouri

9. Notes for Life Scholarship

These scholarships in Missouri are aimed at supporting instrumental music, voice, and dance education for students living in Boone County, MO; St. Louis, MO; or Klamath County, OR. The winner is heavily determined based on financial need.

Amount: $600 to $1,020

Provider: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, Undergraduate College Students, Graduate College Students

Requirements: (a) Residency in one of the counties listed above, (b) Financial need. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

10. Dennis Feary Memorial Scholarship

Students pursuing a two- or four-year degree in a field related to agricultural studies, including Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Technology, Agronomy, Animal Science (including veterinary medicine, biological sciences, etc.), Crop and Soil Science, Dairy Science, Food Science and Technology, Mechanized Systems Management, and Resource Conservation and Management. These scholarships are only available to employees or immediate family members of employees of AgriLabs or an affiliated distributor.

Amount: $2,000

Provider: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, Undergraduate College Students

Requirements: (a) Enrollment (or plans to enroll) in a relevant program, (b) Qualifying affiliation with AgriLabs, (c) Residency in Missouri. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

11. Transition into Post-Secondary Studies Scholarship

Aimed at assisting students with special learning needs, these scholarships help students in Johnson or Wyandotte Counties in Kansas or Clay, Jackson, or Platte Counties in Missouri who are pursuing a two- or four-year degree.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Provider: Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Who Can Apply: High School Seniors, Undergraduate College Students

Requirements: (a) Residency in a county mentioned above, (b) Special learning needs, (c) Minimum 2.5 GPA. For more information, please visit the scholarship website.

Soon you’ll be able to apply to all of these on Going Merry (let us know in the comments section if there are others we should include). In the meantime, we already have thousands of scholarships which you can apply for directly.

Just fill out your profile, see what we match you with, and click apply! It’s that easy.