Cherng Scholars

In its second year for the 2018-2019 school year, the Cherng Scholars program is supported by Andrew and Peggy Cherng and the Panda Charitable Foundation as part of our new Cherng Program in Honors at the University of Missouri.

Designed to enroll high-achieving out-of-state students each year, the program’s goal is to create a cohort of students representing every college on campus who are actively engaged in the campus, local, and state communities, but who have also achieved great academic success, and show great potential for leadership in a multitude of social and civic realms.

We firmly believe that the range of programming and opportunities will mean that, upon graduation, Cherng Scholars will go on to graduate schools or career choices that have been shaped by the pride and engagement they demonstrated in their university and their state.

The goals of the program are as follows:

  • To create a highly selective and cohesive program that capitalizes on the strengths and opportunities available at MU and within Missouri
  • To offer a four-year, sequential and progressively high-impact experience with unique opportunities that transcend the traditional classroom and co-curricular experience
    • First-year tutorials (up to six students) designed expressly for Cherng Scholars
    • Sophomore year research & artistry experiences and workshops
    • Junior year grant for study abroad or study away(on an approved program)
    • Senior year opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant (TA) in an Honors course or continue research & artistry


Entering freshmen who are non-Missouri residents and have an ACT composite score of 33 or better are eligible for the Cherng Scholars Program. Eligible students are identified from application data and are contacted by December.


Entering freshmen will be invited to apply via the email used on the MU online application and current students will be contacted via their MU email address. Applications will be available December 1, 2017 and are due by February 2, 2018.



Participants are selected by the Honors College Scholars and Fellows Committee in the spring. There are thirty-five available spots for this award. To continue in the program you must maintain the GPA and participation requirements in the Honors College.


Owing to the support of the Cherng Program in Honors, students entering Mizzou in 2018-2019 who are selected as Cherng Scholars will receive a one-time scholarship of $1500. Every student in the program also has access to a study abroad/away grant of $500.

For More Information

For more information, please contact the Scholars & Fellows Coordinator, Ava Corn (, or contact the Honors College at 573-882-3893.