Brazeal Scholars

The Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship Fund was created in 2004 by Jim and Cathy Brazeal in order to attract and retain the best young scholars to the MU campus and Honors College. The Fund is a key element in allowing the College to address the issues of affordability, access, and diversity by helping us to enhance recruitment and retention of academically talented undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are typically under-represented in higher education, particularly African-American students.

Recipients of the Brazeal Scholarship will receive:

  • At least $15,000 a year, renewable for a total of four years
  • Waiver of out-of-state tuition (if necessary)
  • An additional $6,000 to cover the costs associated with an MU Study Abroad Program
  • $2,000 scholarship for freshman year participation in the MU Discovery Fellows Research program

Recipients of the Brazeal Scholarship are eligible to receive National Merit, Bright Flight Scholarships. They may not combine it with certain general University Scholarships, including the Curators Scholars Award, Excellence Award, Chancellor’s Scholarship, George C. Brooks Scholarship, Diversity Award, Mizzou Scholars Award, Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship, Mizzou Heritage Award, or the Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship..

Eligible Brazeal applicants are selected from among the applicants for MU’s George C. Brooks Scholarships, among other pools of candidates. Interested applicants should contact Admissions and Financial Aid in order to apply. The Brooks scholarship is designed for high-ability students from ethnic, racial, or demographic groups that are underrepresented in Missouri higher education.

The application deadline is usually in late fall / early winter. No applications will be accepted directly by the Honors College. Interested applicants should apply for admission to MU, submit official transcripts and official test scores (directly from test score providers) no later than December 1.

Brazeal candidates are interviewed by a committee of Honors College faculty and students. Each interview is 30 minutes in length. Interviewers have access to the applicant’s standardized test scores, high school GPA, and an essay you may have already submitted for the Brooks Scholarship.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements and favorably impress the interviewers will be asked to submit additional information in support of the Brazeal Scholarship application.

Enrollment and successful progress toward completion in the Honors College is required throughout the duration of the scholarship. Students will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA to continue receiving the award.

For additional information about the Brazeal Scholarship and application procedures, please contact Dr. J.D. Bowers, Director of the Honors College, at BowersJD@missouri.edu.

Brazeal Scholars

The students who have been selected as Brazeal Scholars have, over the years, left an astonishing legacy at Mizzou, both through their academic and co- and extra-curricular achievements.

  • Maya Hill (2020)
    Kansas City, MO
  • Londell Fowlkes (2019)
    Bolingbrook, IL
  • Emma Worgul (2018)
    Kansas City, KS
  • Breanna Carter (2016)
    Seattle, WA
  • Hannah Mitchem (2015)
    St. Louis, MO
  • Brian Gaffigan (2014)
    Kansas City, MO
  • Asare Cobblah (2013)
    Sedalia, MO