Scholars & Fellows Programs

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

We are the nation’s leading provider of undergraduate research and artistry opportunities for honors 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 their labs, on the stage, and in the archives–both here on campus and across the world.


All together there are over 450 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. For further details on each program, please see navigation menu on the left.

For Incoming Freshman

Please note that in order for your Scholars & Fellows application to be considered, you must have already been admitted into MU.

While our Office of Admissions is working diligently to process applications, we know that many are still waiting to hear about their admission status or are waiting for ACT to send test scores. For these reasons, we have extended the deadline to apply for several of our Scholars & Fellows Programs to January 1. These programs include Discovery Fellows, Cherng Scholars, Brazeal Scholars, Show-Me Scholars, Blatchford Scholars, Senator Wayne Goode Scholars, and Founders’ Memorial Scholars.This extension does not apply to Stamps Scholars.

Please note that many of these Scholars & Fellows programs are mutually exclusive and cannot be “stacked” by students. Students may apply for multiple programs, but if offered more than one, they will have to make a decision as to the best program for them. Many of these awards also cannot be part of a student’s overall aid package if they are receiving Mizzou Land Grant Honors (MLGH) or National Merit awards.

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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. August 16
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 21
Discovery Fellows Provides a $2000 scholarship in exchange for approximately eight hours of research or artistry, for a one year experience. Applications are accepted from current first-year and current sophomores, ONLY. January 31

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.