Scholarships and Awards

One of the benefits of the Honors College is the access to dedicated scholarships, financial support, and awards (often with an added monetary gift). The Honors College seeks to recognize the achievements of our students through a variety of scholarships and special awards, while many of our first-year students are eligible for awards that are determined through the admissions process.

With the support of alumni and supporters of the Honors College, we are able to give students a number of awards and scholarships each year. Students must submit an application, including an essay, must be actively enrolled in and pursuing the Honors College Certificate, and meet the criteria for each individual award. The recipients are honored at the Honors College Awards Ceremony, held in the late spring each year.


Honors College Endowed Scholarships

Students may apply for any or all of these scholarships by completing the Honors Scholarship Application (PDF). Applications for each year will be accepted from the start of Spring Semester.

These scholarships are awarded only to current and actively-enrolled, full-time MU Honors College students. Earned Honors credits in Honors and progress towards completion of the Honors College Certificate will factor into the selection decisions.  Scholarships are awarded for the subsequent fall and spring semesters and will be disbursed in two equal installments. Recipients of the scholarships must agree to enroll in at least one Honors College course for each of the two semesters for which the scholarship is awarded.

Honors College Freshman Scholarship — An applicant must be enrolled as a freshman,* have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have freshman year coursework that represents the ideals of a good honors education.

Honors College Sophomore Scholarship — An applicant must be enrolled as a sophomore,* have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have two years of coursework that represents the ideals of a good honors education.

Honors College Junior Scholarship — An applicant must be enrolled as a junior,* have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have three years of coursework that represents the ideals of a good honors education.

Rhodes Clay Scholarship — An applicant must be enrolled as an Arts and Science freshman.* Selection is based on scholarship and literary attainment, without regard to financial need.

Hayden Honors College / Arts & Science Scholarship — An applicant must be a sophomore or junior,* have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have substantial Honors coursework that represents the ideals of a good honors education; preference is given to students majoring in the humanities or arts and who have taken courses in our Humanities or Science Series.

Harry J. & Richard Hocks Scholarship in the Humanities — Awarded to a student, of any class year (except graduating Seniors), for outstanding academic and co-curricular performance in the Honors College Humanities Sequence.

Charles M. Hudson Scholarship in the Humanities — Awarded to a student, of any class year (except graduating Seniors), on the basis of outstanding academic and co-curricular performance in the Honors College Humanities Sequence and financial need.

W. Alton Jones Memorial Scholarship — An applicant must be enrolled as an Arts and Science freshman or sophomore.* Particular attention is given to those who plan a major or career in art, music, communications, art history & archaeology, classical studies, philosophy, English, German, Russian, Asian Studies, or romance languages. Scholastic excellence and financial need (as determined by Financial Aid standards) are the basis for selection.

Drs. Gary and Caroline Mueller Honors College – MU Medical School Scholarship — An applicant must be a graduating senior who has also been accepted into MU’s Medical School, have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, have coursework that represents the ideals of a good honors education; preference goes to a Biology major.

West Family Scholarship — An applicant must be enrolled as a freshman, sophomore, or junior,* have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, and have substantial Honors and major area coursework that represents the ideals of a good honors education; preference is given to a first-generation college student.

* Class standing is determined by year in college, not credit hours.


Honors College Awards

  • Discovery Fellows Award — Awarded for outstanding achievement as a Discovery Fellow.
  • Honors College Science Sequence Award for outstanding performance in the Honors College Science Sequence.
  • Honors College Human Sciences Sequence Award for outstanding performance in the Honors College Human Sciences Sequence.
  • Honors College Outstanding Senior Award — Awarded to an honors graduating senior nominated by a faculty member or fellow students and chosen by a selection committee as best representing the mission and vision of the Honors College.

National Fellowships and Scholarships

The MU Fellowships Office provides information about selective external scholarships available to MU sophomores, juniors, and seniors, many of them designed to fund study abroad or graduate educational opportunities. In the most immediate past years, MU Honors students have been recipients of the following awards:

  • Critical Language Scholarships
  • DAAD RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) Program
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Goldwater Scholarships
  • Humanity in Action Award
  • Mark Twain Fellow
  • Mitchell Scholarship
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Pickering Scholarship
  • Rhodes Scholars Program
  • Schwarzman Scholars Program
  • Truman Scholarship
  • US-UK Fulbright Summer Institute Scholarship

Contact Mr. Tim Parshall (parshallt@missouri.edu) for more information on how to compete for these awards.

In addition many of the MU students who are selected for membership in the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity, the nation’s oldest scholarly organization (founded in 1776 in the Randolph Tavern, in Williamsburg, VA) are also Honors College students. PBK selects a limited number of juniors each year (usually ten) and then about 100 graduating seniors.


Graduate School

Students who are interested in pursuing their graduate education at the University of Missouri can consult the University of Missouri Graduate School website for information about available financial aid, including fellowships and assistantships.