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.

ASH Scholars*

Blatchford Scholars

Brazeal Scholars

Cherng Scholars

Cherng Summer Scholars

 

 

* in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research

Discovery Fellows

Pre-Med Scholars

Show-Me Scholars

Stamps Scholars

Suggs Scholars+

Undergraduate Success Fellows+

 

+ in partnership with Academic Retention Services


Scholars and Fellows: Research & Artistry Programs

One of the greatest benefits of attending a major Research I university is the opportunity to participate in the excitement of new discoveries and the production of new knowledge. Honors College students participate in research all over campus, in subjects ranging from infant cognition to iconographic traditions of the American Southwest, from the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald, to gene therapies for brain cancer. We have students growing crops and tending herds at our research farms, conducting medical experiments at our nuclear reactor, and interviewing victims as well as lawyers, investigators, and judges at the International Criminal Court.

  • Stamps Scholars … provides a full cost, four-year scholarship, dedicated mentor, and a $16,000 educational enhancement fund, for students engaged in our full compliment of research and artistry, leadership, and public scholarship. Applications are accepted from entering first-year students ONLY.
    (Application Deadline: 2017 Application period has CLOSED.)
  • Discovery Fellows … provides a $2000 scholarship in exchange for ten hours of research or artistry, for up to a two-year experience. Applications are accepted from entering first-year or rising sophomores ONLY.
    (Application Deadline: February 3, 2017)
  • ASH Scholars Program … 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.
    (Application Deadline: July 21, 2017)
  • Show-Me-Scholars Program … 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 2017-18 cohort, there is a one-time scholarship of $1500 available. Applications are accepted from entering first-year students ONLY.
    (Application Deadline: February 3, 2017)
  • Cherng Scholars Program … 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.
    (Application Deadline: February 3, 2017)
  • Cherng Summer Scholars Program … provides a $7500, one-time, summer semester (10 weeks) scholarship, 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.
    (Application Deadline: February 24, 2017)

Scholars and Fellows: Endowed Programs

Three programs within the College are supported through endowed scholarship programs established by our generous donors and alumni. Each of these programs, intended to ensure the diversity and strength of the College, ensures access and affordability to highly accomplished and talented underrepresented students, while also integrating them into the research, artistry, mentoring, and networking programs within the College.

  • 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.
    (Application Deadline: 2017 Application period has CLOSED.)
  • 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.
    (Application Deadline: 2017 Application period has CLOSED.)
  • 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.  (Application Deadline: February 3, 2017)

Scholars and Fellows: Discovery & Networking Programs

  • 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.
    (Application Deadline: July 21, 2017)
  • 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.
    (Application Deadline: March 15, 2017)

Applications

Please see each individual Scholars & Fellows page (linked above) for specific application instructions. The general university priority deadline for scholarships is December 15. We have the following deadlines, in date order, for each of the above:

  • Stamps Scholars: November 15
  • Brazeal Scholars: December 1
  • Suggs Scholars: December 1
  • Discovery Fellows: first Friday in February
  • Show-Me Scholars: first Friday in February
  • Cherng Scholars: first Friday in February
  • Cherng Summer Scholars: final Friday in February
  • Blatchford Scholars: first Friday in February
  • Pre-Med Scholars: March 15
  • ASH Scholars: end of Summer Welcome
  • Undergraduate Success: end of Summer Welcome

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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.


Scholars & Fellows Partners

The Honors College partners and works very closely with a number of partners to facilitate and execute our scholars and fellows programs and programming.This extends the impact of our efforts across the campus, into departmental and college programs, various majors, and well beyond the traditional boundaries of most other Honors colleges and programs. Please contact each of these programs / offices directly for more information.

Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research has a core mission to help students discover additional and advanced research opportunities that are right for them. A list of research programs for students in every major is available on the Undergraduate Research website.

Academic Retention Services

Academic Retention Services provides extensive support services and connections to campus resources from the time a student enters MU until the time of their graduation, while fostering success/excellence, providing programs and activities, and promoting academic excellence.

Walter Williams Scholars

MU School of Journalism: Walter Williams Scholars are “designed for the top tier of what is already an elite group. If you qualify, you will truly be the best among the best” within the School of Journalism. WWSs also live in the same residence hall as students in the Honors Learning Community (HLC) and HFIGs.

Nursing Scholars Program

MU School of Nursing: Nursing Scholars Program offers the Nursing Scholars Program for incoming freshman who are Honors College eligible. Applications for Nursing Scholars are sent out early in the students’ first semester on campus, and if selected (and you meet minimum criteria) you are guaranteed admission into the Nursing clinical major.