Scholars & Fellows Programs

The Honors College at the University of Missouri is home or co-host to numerous distinct scholars and fellows programs, each of which provides unique (and sometimes linked) academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular benefits and opportunities to participants.

We are one of the nation’s leading providers of undergraduate research and artistry opportunities for students, starting in the first semester of the freshman year.  Our programs are robust and high-impact, providing research and artistry positions that work directly with many of the nation’s leading faculty, in the research labs, on stage, and in the archives, both here on campus and across the world.

When each of these programs is fully enrolled there are over 500 MU Honors College students who are engaged in undergraduate research, artistry, academic achievement, leadership development, peer mentoring, service, networking, and community outreach, all adding significant value to their education. A brief program description as well as the application deadline are listed below. Click on the link to learn more about each program.

                  – For Incoming Freshmen –  
Program Name Program Description Deadline
ASH Scholars Provides a $2000 scholarship in exchange for ten hours of research or artistry, in a one-year experience. Applications are accepted from all MU students, except graduating seniors. July 12, 2018
Blatchford Scholars Provides a four-year scholarship, dedicated mentor, and placement as a Discovery Fellow (with the additional DF scholarship). Applications are accepted from entering first-year Native American, Pacific Islander, Alaskan, Native Hawai’ian students ONLY. February 2, 2018
Brazeal Scholars Provides a four-year scholarship, dedicated mentor, study abroad grant, and placement as a Discovery Fellow (with the additional DF scholarship). Applications are accepted from entering first-year African-American students ONLY. December 15, 2017
CIRCA Scholars Scholars will enroll in a two semester class that explores current issues through interdisciplinary research. Scholars receive a one-time $4000 award. Applications are accepted from entering first-year students ONLY. February 2, 2018
Cherng Scholars Provides a $1500, one-time, first-year scholarship, a four-year experience of special opportunities, and $750 fund to be used for experiential learning; for out-of-state residents only. Applications are accepted from entering first-year students ONLY. February 2, 2018
Discovery Fellows Provides a $2000 scholarship in exchange for approximately eight hours of research or artistry, for up to a two-year experience. Applications are accepted from entering first-year or rising sophomores ONLY. February 2, 2018
Pre-Med Scholars Program Provides special internship opportunities and guidance, in conjunction with the MedOpp program, to ensure an enhanced portfolio during the medical and dental school admissions process. March 15, 2018
Show-Me Scholars Provides a four-year experience of special courses; research or artistry opportunities; a minimum $500 scholarship for study abroad/away, and a teaching assistant position; for MO residents only. For 2018-19 cohort, there is a one-time scholarship of $1500 available. Applications are accepted from entering first-year students ONLY. February 2, 2018
Stamps Scholars Provides a full cost, four-year scholarship, dedicated mentor, and a $16,000 educational enhancement fund, for students engaged in our full complement of research and artistry, leadership, and public scholarship. Applications are accepted from entering first-year students ONLY. December 1, 2017
Suggs Scholars Provides a four-year scholarship, dedicated mentor, study abroad grant, and placement as a Discovery Fellow (with the additional DF scholarship). Applications are accepted from entering first-year African-American students ONLY. December 15, 2017
Undergraduate Success* Program Engages students in a year-long experience designed to ensure academic and co-curricular success through programming, mentoring, and a series of workshops. July 21, 2018
                     – For Current Students –  
Program Name Program Description Deadline
ASH Scholars Provides a $2000 scholarship in exchange for ten hours of research or artistry, in a one-year experience. Applications are accepted from all MU students, except graduating seniors. July 12, 2018
Cherng Summer Scholars Provides a $7,000, one-time, summer semester (10 weeks) scholarship and access to a $1,000 research or artistry project expense account, to be used in undertaking advanced, self-directed research or artistry project during the summer before a student’s junior or senior semesters. Applications are accepted from rising MU juniors or seniors ONLY. February 23, 2018
Discovery Fellows Provides a $2000 scholarship in exchange for approximately eight hours of research or artistry, for up to a two-year experience. Applications are accepted from entering first-year or rising sophomores ONLY. February 2, 2018

Public Scholarship

We believe that research and artistry only has power and greater benefits to society if it is presented to a wider audience; that’s public scholarship. Thus, all students who participate in our Scholars & Fellows programs are expected to extend the impact of their learning, skills, artistic flair, and knowledge, through presentations.

Honors students regularly present their research at two annual on-campus Undergraduate Research Forums, as well as at several special class-based forums held at the end of each semester.  In addition, some Honors students have the opportunity to give presentations at regional and national conferences and even publish research papers in professional journals, with the added support of the Honors College–Student Experiential Learning Award.