Blatchford Scholars


The Dorothy Blatchford Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 1984 to honor the life and legacy of the woman who helped give life to the first pow wow held at the University of Missouri. It is intended to support Native American students who seek to academically excel and who wish to use their education to give back to their tribe and community.

Today, the fund is supported by Native American graduates of Mizzou, and others, who are committed to the success of Native Americans through education. The scholars program was put under the umbrella of the Honors College in 2017 in order to ensure its longevity and impact.

Eligibility Requirements

The Blatchford award is open only to Native American students who can document either tribal membership or provide a CDIB card; recipients must have a minimum ACT composite score of 28 or an SAT score of 1300.

Enrollment and successful progress toward completion in the Honors College is required throughout the duration of the scholarship. Students will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA to continue receiving the award.


Recipients of the Blatchford Scholarship receive:

A scholarship of at least $2,000 a year, renewable for a total of up to four years and, if needed, a waiver of out-of-state tuition.

Students will also participate in research or artistry program for your first year, with possible renewal for a second year, and join with our other Scholars & Fellows cohorts for workshops and leadership seminars, to lay the groundwork for academic and co-curricular success.

Recipients are eligible to receive National Merit, Bright Flight Scholarships, and certain other general University Scholarships, including the Curators Scholars Award, Excellence Award, Chancellor’s Scholarship, Mizzou Scholars Award, or others, as eligible; this award may not be combined with other Honors College Scholars & Fellows Awards.


The application deadline is December 1.

In order to ensure consideration, interested applicants should apply for admission to MU and admission into the Honors College (a subsequent process once you have been admitted to MU) by submitting official transcripts, official test scores (directly from test score providers), an essay, and a resume, all no later than December 15.

In order to be considered for this award you will also need to submit the following:

  1. A copy of your Tribal Membership Card of a federally recognized tribal nation or your Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB).
  2. An essay response of between 1000-1250 words (this is in addition to the required essay for Honors admission) to the following question: In what ways will you use your education to further the goals and mission of your tribe and the standing of Native American peoples throughout the United States? Be sure that your answer speaks to your intellectual, critical-thinking, community and civic engagement, and/or leadership capacities, as these are the primary traits we are looking for in our future Blatchford Scholars.

Send all additional materials to the Director of the Honors College:


A select number of Blatchford applicants will be chosen to be interviewed by a committee of Honors College faculty and students. Each interview is 30 minutes in length. Interviewers have access to the applicant’s standardized test scores, high school GPA, and an essay you may have already submitted for admissions into Honors.

For additional information about the Blatchford Scholarship and application procedures, please contact Dr. J.D. Bowers, Director of the Honors College, at Otherwise, please visit the program’s website at


The students who have been selected as Blatchford Scholars have left a significant legacy at Mizzou, both through their academic and co- and extra-curricular achievements. Their insights and contributions of Blatchford Scholars to Mizzou’s campus community, the climate of tolerance and diversity, and the evolving relationship and historical understandings and obligations to our Native peoples, has been incomparable. Through this scholarship it is hoped that we can give back to our Native peoples and assist our students in their success.


Current Blatchford Scholars

  • Kelsi Glover (Class of 2024)
    Neosho, MO
  • Sydney Hackwell (Class of 2021)
    Miami, OK

Important Links

Four Directions: Indigenous Peoples and Allies

Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor

“MU adds Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor” in The Maneater Feb 2017.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

University of Missouri Global Brigades