Scholarships and Fellowships

The Honors College recognizes the achievements of its students through a variety of scholarships and special awards.  Winners will be honored at the Honors College Spring Reception, held in April each year.

Honors College Student Experiential Learning Award (HC-SELA)

The Honors College offers small cash awards of between $100 and $500 each to students pursuing supplemental experiential learning opportunities. These awards are primarily designed to help support off-campus research and education, including attendance at academic conferences, internships, study abroad, and archival visits, among other possibilities. If you have a question about the eligibility of an experiential learning opportunity you have in mind, please contact us to discuss it.

To be eligible for funding, you must be a member of the Honors College in good standing. Applications are accepted year round but must be received by the Honors College at least two months in advance of the intended use of the funds.

The application has two parts:

  • Part I must be completed by all applicants.
  • In Part II, select and complete the section that applies to your opportunity—research, conference travel, an off-campus course, or other—and attach the required documentation.

Honors College Endowed Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded only to currently-enrolled MU students. Students may apply for any or all of these scholarships by completing the Honors Scholarship Application. Applications for each year will be accepted from the start of Spring Semester.

Honors College Freshman Scholarship

An applicant must be enrolled as a freshman,* have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have freshman year coursework that represents the ideals of a good honors education.

Rhodes Clay Scholarship

An applicant must be enrolled as an Arts and Science freshman.* Selection is based on scholarship and literary attainment, without regard to financial need.

W. Alton Jones Memorial Scholarship

An applicant must be enrolled as an Arts and Science freshman or sophomore.* Particular attention is given to those who plan a major or career in art, music, communications, art history & archaeology, classical studies, philosophy, English, German, Russian, Asian Studies, or romance languages. Scholastic excellence and financial need (as determined by Financial Aid standards) are the basis for selection.

* Class standing is determined by year in college, not credit hours.


Honors College Sequence Scholarships and Awards

  • Charles M. Hudson Scholarship in the Humanities — Awarded on the basis of outstanding performance in the HC Humanities Sequence and financial need.
  • Harry J. & Richard Hocks Scholarship in the Humanities — Awarded for outstanding performance in the HC Humanities Sequence.
  • Science Sequence Award for outstanding performance in the HC Science Sequence.
  • Human Sciences Sequence Award for outstanding performance in the HC Human Sciences Sequence.
  • Other Honors College Awards
  • Honors College Research Grant — Awarded to the junior Honors student with the most promising research proposal.
  • Discovery Fellows Award — Awarded for outstanding achievement as a Discovery Fellow.
  • Honors College Best LBC Student Award — Awarded for outstanding performance in a Learning-by-Contract course.
  • Outstanding Pre-Med Award — Awarded to an outstanding pre-medical or pre-dental student.
  • Honors College Outstanding Senior Award — Awarded to an honors graduating senior nominated by a faculty member and chosen by a selection committee as best representing the mission/vision of the Honors College.

Please note: Most substantial scholarships for high-achieving MU students are administered by the University of Missouri Office of Financial Aid. In addition, the MU Fellowships Office provides information about selective external scholarships available to MU sophomores, juniors, and seniors, many of them designed to fund study abroad.