Cherng Scholars

New for the 2017-2018 academic 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 up to thirty-five 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic cohort, selected students will receive a $1500 one-time, first-year scholarship award and $750 experiential grant deposited into an account to be used before the end of their junior year for approved educational and leadership development.

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, as a leading, national research-intensive university and premier AAU institution.
  • 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 site visits arranged to enhance the knowledge and engagement in various fields of study
    • Senior year opportunity to be a Teaching Assistant (TA) in an Honors course or continue research & artistry