Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

Most scholarships for high-achieving MU students are administered by the University of Missouri Office of Financial Aid. Prospective Honors students should contact the Office of Financial Aid for information and eligibility requirements.

PRIORITY DEADLINE for all MU and Honors College scholarships is December 15

For Future Students

Most substantial scholarships for high-achieving MU students are administered by the University of Missouri Office of Financial Aid. All incoming students should work directly with Financial Aid and Admissions in order to compete for these awards. Most Honors College – eligible students will be qualified for one or more of the following:

  • Chancellor’s Award
  • Curators Scholars
  • Mizzou Scholar
  • National Merit Scholarship
  • Quadrangle Award

There are also some competitive awards that require additional steps, for which students will be asked to submit additional essays, participate in interviews, and come to campus.

Recipients of these awards are, in the case of the Brazeal and Suggs awards, required to be members of the Honors College throughout their term of enrollment at MU. Recipients of the Brooks Award may or may not be extended an invitation to join the Honors College.

All initial inquiries about any of these awards and scholarships should begin with the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office by visiting the Scholarships webpage.


The Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship

The Honors College awards one scholarship to an incoming student: the Brazeal Endowed Diversity Scholarship. This Scholarship, made possible through the generosity of James H. and Catherine A. Brazeal, is designed to be a four-year award for high-ability minority students, with any major, from anywhere in the United States. Preference is given to African-American students.

Recipients of the Brazeal Scholarship will receive:

  • At least $15,000 a year, renewable for a total of four years
  • Waiver of out-of-state tuition (if necessary)
  • An additional $6,000 to cover the costs associated with an MU Study Abroad Program
  • $2,000 scholarship for freshman year participation in the MU Discovery Fellows Research program

Recipients of the Brazeal Scholarship are eligible to receive National Merit, Bright Flight Scholarships. They may not combine it with certain general University Scholarships, including the Curators Scholars Award, Excellence Award, Chancellor’s Scholarship, George C. Brooks Scholarship, Diversity Award, Mizzou Scholars Award, Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship, Mizzou Heritage Award, or the Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship..

Eligible Brazeal applicants are selected from among the applicants for MU’s George C. Brooks Scholarships, among other pools of candidates. Interested applicants should contact Admissions and Financial Aid in order to apply. The Brooks scholarship is designed for high-ability students from ethnic, racial, or demographic groups that are underrepresented in Missouri higher education.

The application deadline is usually in late fall / early winter. No applications will be accepted directly by the Honors College. Interested applicants should apply for admission to MU, submit official transcripts and official test scores (directly from test score providers) no later than December 1.

Brazeal candidates are 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 the Brooks Scholarship.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements and favorably impress the interviewers will be asked to submit additional information in support of the Brazeal Scholarship application.

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.

For additional information about the Brazeal Scholarship and application procedures, please contact Dr. J.D. Bowers, Director of the Honors College, at BowersJD@missouri.edu.


The Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship

The University awards this scholarship to one incoming student each year. Eligible candidates should be a high-ability student, with any intended major, from St. Louis or surrounding counties. Students should have at least a 27 ACT (or SAT equivalent).  Preference is given to African-American students.

Recipients of the Suggs Scholarship will receive:

  • At least $12,500 a year, renewable for a total of four years
  • Waiver of out-of-state tuition (if necessary)
  • An additional $7,000 to cover the costs associated with an MU Study Abroad Program
  • $2,000 scholarship for freshman year participation in the MU Discovery Fellows Research program

Recipients of the Suggs Scholarship are eligible to receive National Merit, Bright Flight Scholarships. The Suggs Scholarship may not be combined with certain general University scholarships, including the Mark Twain Nonresident Scholars Award, Curators Scholars Award, Chancellor’s Scholarship, Excellence Award, George Brooks Scholarship, Mizzou Scholars Award, Mizzou Heritage Award, Brazeal – Honors College Scholarship, and the Diversity Award.

Eligible Suggs applicants are selected from among the applicants for MU’s George C. Brooks Scholarships, among other pools of candidates. Interested applicants should contact Admissions and Financial Aid in order to apply. The Brooks scholarship is designed for high-ability students from ethnic, racial, or demographic groups that are underrepresented in Missouri higher education.

The application deadline is usually in late fall / early winter. No applications will be accepted directly by the Honors College. Interested applicants should apply for admission to MU, submit official transcripts and official test scores (directly from test score providers) no later than December 1.

For additional information about the Suggs Scholarship and application procedures, please contact Mr. Donell Young, Director of Academic Retention Services, at youngdon@missouri.edu.