Founders’ Memorial Scholars

Established in 2018 to mark our 60th anniversary as the nation’s first honors college, the Founders’ Memorial Scholars are a select group of undergraduate students chosen to work alongside the director of the College to enhance the research profile or work of the College towards its priorities, while furthering their skills and knowledge.

Recipients receive a two-year award that includes a scholarship and a specific research or programmatic assignment, and will participate in the wider Honors College Scholars & Fellows Program workshops and professional development opportunities.

The name evokes the memory and legacies of the numerous founders of the University of Missouri, from James S. Rollins and George Caleb Bingham, to those who established the numerous colleges and programs that are, today, the essential bodies of the University’s academic mission, including the Honors College.

Directors of the Honors College: Dr. Rod McGrew (1958-1964); Dr. William “Mac” Jones (1964-1966); Dr. Richard Renner (1966-69); Dr. Bill Bondeson (1969-1972); Dr. James Holleran (acting, 1972-1973); Dr. Paul Nelson (1973-1975); Dr. George Fasel (1975-1977; 1978-1979); Dr. Ted Tarkow (acting, 1977-1978; 1979-1983); Dr. Edwin Kaiser (1983-1991); Dr. Stuart Palonsky (1991-2011); Dr. Nancy West (interim, 2011-2015); and Dr. J.D. Bowers (2015-present).

All applicants for our Scholars & Fellows programs will be considered for the FMS program; no special application, check-box, or additional materials are required. Recipients will be notified by April 1.

The FMS program is further unique in that it will be funded, in part, by the annual and endowed giving of past and present directors of the College.


Founders’ Memorial Scholars

2019-2020 |  Isaiah Wikles (’23)  |  Madison Greer (’23)  |  Chiara Evans (’23)

2018-2019  |  Mary Grace Newman (’20)