Scholarships are a key way to fund your education. It's different from a loan because you don't have to pay this money back. There are so many out there! Look for scholarships that are specific to your school first and once you have applied to those, start expanding your search. 
Seek other scholarships through parent/student employers, organizations, church, special interest groups or websites that pertain to your interests and experience. 
It can seem overwhelming when searching for scholarships. But remember, it doesn't cost you anything to apply and the more you apply to the more likely it is you'll receive funds! 

Below we have provided a list of scholarship links and applications available throughout the year. The top section offers General Scholarship Websites for free searches and resources to explore.  Please keep in mind that you should not have to pay to search for scholarships or to submit applications; check out legitimate websites that offer this information to you. 

The second section offers a variety of scholarships listed by monthly DUE DATE. Keep an eye out for new scholarships because the list updated regularly.

*Many applications may be completed by downloading the application located at the bottom of the page.  If online application or information is available the scholarship name is linked, just click the scholarship name to go to the website for more information and the online application. 

General Scholarship Websites
College Board Scholarship Search: Available through the College Board On Line, this site is a free scholarship search.
College Net Scholarship SearchUse this link to find a particular scholarship or to search for types of scholarships.
College Tool Kit: Scholarship search website and financial aid information. 
Fastweb Scholarship Search:  A free scholarship search resource. Begin by entering data about yourself and course of study to create a scholarship mailbox. Information in your mailbox will be automatically updated for you, giving you the names, addresses, and details of the scholarships that you'd be eligible to apply for. Suggested form letters to each scholarship organization are also included.
Financial Aid.OrgA guide to financial aid, with a links for scholarships, financial planning information, etc. 
GoCollege - The Collegiate WebsourceOne of the largest free scholarship databases in the country. 
High Five Scholarships: A scholarship matching service that will find hundreds of scholarships that match personal characteristics, goals, and interests, free of charge.

How to Plan for College: Step by step approach to planning for college,  Scholarships are no cost to you, federal aid or student loans -- how to make financial planning work for you. 

UNIGO Scholarship ResourceA resource of various scholarships. Search by interest, state, specific college, major, interests, etc.  

ScholarshipAmerica.orgTo make sure the high cost of college doesn't keep you, your kids or your grandkids from earning their degrees, Scholarship America offers lots of resources for students and families.

Student ScholarshipsOne of the largest collections of scholarships on the web for quick access to a diverse offering of scholarships. 

Student Financial Aid SearchSearch engine to find and apply for financial aid. 

Scholarships (organzied by DUE DATE)

Feb 23 - LEAP CPA ScholarshipThe Missouri Society of CPA’s is offering scholarships to seniors who plan to pursue a degree in accounting at a Missouri College. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and a written “viewpoint.” Details, rules and the entire application are available at

Feb 28 - Pet Lifestyle and You (P.L.A.Y.): This $1,000 scholarship benefits students involved with animal rescues and welfare. 

Feb 28 - MCSC Volunteer ScholarshipThe Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) has established an outstanding state-wide awards program. It provides scholarships for high school student-volunteers who are committed to improving their communities, while inspiring others to serve through their volunteerism. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who attend a high school in Missouri and reside in Missouri, are eligible to be nominated if they meet or exceed the nomination criteria. Eight student-volunteers will be selected to receive an award for the 2017-2018 funding year. The MCSC is most grateful to the Monsanto Company for their generous donation to continue funding the eight $1,000 scholarships. See application at the bottom of this page.

Dec 1, 2017-March 1, 2018 - Univeristy of Missouri System Scholarship: Departmental scholarships are available for each of the four campuses. *Each campus has a different deadline.
March 1 - Farm Kids for College ScholarshipNational Farmers are honored to encourage the next generation to chase their ag dreams – and catch them. Part of how we at National Farmers do that, is through the national Farm Kids for College Scholarship. The competition is open to high school seniors who plan to pursue agriculture-related degrees and students must pursue degrees from accredited colleges or universities. National Farmers announces three national scholarship winners in the spring of each year, all three winners receive $1,000 each with the award is disbursed directly to the college or university.

March 1 - MOACAC Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship: The Missouri Association for College Admission Counseling (MOACAC) is pleased to offer the Braxton Rethwisch Scholarship to high school seniors who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated leadership skills and community service involvement. Two one-time $1,000 scholarships will be awarded, as well as a one-time $500 scholarship (this year only). Eligibility: Open to current High School Seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, applicants must be a Missouri resident, applicants must enroll as a full-time student at a MOACAC member post-secondary institution (list of member institutions is posted on the application website). If selected recipient does not enroll in a MOACAC post-secondary member institution, the scholarship will be revoked and awarded to another applicant. Deadline is March 1st. 

March 1 - Missouri Gaming Association, Project 21 ScholarshipThe goal of this scholarship program is to not only inform our youth that it is not permissible in Missouri for persons under the age of 21 to gamble in a casino, but to also educate them about the dangers and consequences associated with underage gambling. Project 21 Scholarship Program provides students an opportunity to disseminate their message by writing an article or creating a poster or video addressing the issue of underage gambling. Project 21 Scholarships will be awarded for 2017 as follows: Two $1,500.00 First prizes, and Four $1,000.00 Second Prizes. See application at the bottom of the page.

March 6 - Teresa O'Brien Pagliai Memorial Scholarship: This $500 memorial scholarship will be awarded to a Kirksville High School graduate who personifies many of the remarkable values and characteristics that Teresa O’Brien Pagliai was known to daily exemplify. Scholarship selection is not restricted to the following; however, preference will be given based on the following criteria: Kirksville High School Senior, minimum 3.25 GPA and 22 ACT, 90% Attendance in High School, demonstrates strong personal values; serves school, home and community with integrity and exemplary character, demonstrates an attitude of service with regard for others, actively involved in three service organizations or activities, completed Application Form,  250-500 word essay, official transcript required, three Recommender Evaluations, and a resume. Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 7 - MFA Foundation: This scholarship is DUE TO THE KHS COUNSELING OFFICE BY MARCH 7th. This ensures our office has time to complete Section II and get the applications to the committee by March 15. MFA Foundation Scholarships are offered to high school seniors in communities where MFA agencies are located. The scholarship winner is selected by a local committee of three to five persons. The scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university to pursue any course of study. Application can be found at the bottom of this page

March 8 - Harry Farr Memorial: The Harry C. Farr Scholarship is given each year to a worthy recipient in the Kirksville High School senior class.  Harry Farr was a graduate of KHS Class of 1963.  He will always be remembered for his wit, intelligence and having a fond, positive place in his heart for Kirksville Schools.  He represented the school district as the attorney for the schools, prosecuting attorney for Adair County and City Attorney for the City of Kirksville. Application is at the bottom of this page.

March 9 - Women Legislators of Missouri Scholarship: Women Legislators of Missouri are encouraging young women set to graduate from high school to apply for a $500 college scholarship. Each year the group selects one student from each of Missouri’s congressional districts to receive the award. The Women Legislators of Missouri Caucus created the senior scholarship program to provide financial assistance to students on the basis of leadership, academics and community service. Applications should be submitted online at by March 9, 2018.  Once on the website, click the blue “Apply Now” button, set up a password and complete General Application. The Women Legislators of Missouri Scholarship will be listed in the “Recommended Opportunities” for all Missouri, female, high school seniors. The group will select recipients and then a hold a reception in their honor on Monday, April 30 in the in the State Capitol. Following the reception, the scholarships will be presented to the recipients in the Missouri House Chamber.

March 10 - Kirksville Community Teacher's Association (KCTA) Scholarship$500 scholarships are provided to two students who demonstrate academic success, leadership, citizenship and good character.  These individuals may be planning to pursue a degree in education OR may be the child of a KCTA member regardless of their major. Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 16 - MACC Scholarship: Moberly Area Community College’s 2017-2018 scholarship application is available!  They provide one convenient application for all scholarships, institutional and endowment.  

March 18 - Booster Club ScholarshipThis scholarship was established to further the education of a deserving senior male and female. Eligibility criteria include seniors who have participated in KHS sponsored organization and/or sport, have at least a 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a technical program, college or university.  Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 23 - Monday Club: The Kirksville Monday Club is offereing two (2) $500 scholarship for two female high school seniors graduating from Kirksville High School. Applicant requirements: must be graduating from high school, must be attending Truman State University or Moberly Area Community College, must have a minimum GPA of 3.00, must present a written account of herself, must submit letters of recommendation from two teachers. Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 23 - Adair/Schuyler County Farm BureauAnnual financial awards to support continued education will be provided to one selected graduating senior from each of the area high schools: Schuyler County R1—Queen City, Adair County R1—Novinger, Adair County R2—Brashear, Kirksville R3 High School, and La Plata High School. Financial awards will be in the amount of $250 for each recipient. Applications must be received by the secretary of the Adair/Schuyler County Farm Bureau Office by April 1st, 2018 (Please have them to KHS Counseling office by March 23rd).  Applications will be reviewed by a financial award committee comprised of Adair/Schuyler County Farm Bureau Board members.  The selection of a recipient and alternate for each area high school will be determined each year. Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 30 - John P. Schwarz ScholarshipThe John P. Schwarz Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor John P. Schwarz, former Kirksville High School Band and Jazz Band Director.  As an educator and musician, he was an inspiration to many students throughout the course of his career.  He generously served his community and state, fostering countless young men and women as a thoughtful mentor through his inspiring decades of service.  A fund in John P. Schwarz’s name is established with the Kirksville R-III School District to provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to recognize a deserving senior in Kirksville High School’s band. Applications are due in the Kirksville High School Counseling office by March 30, 2018.  The recipient will be announced at the Senior Awards Reception and Spring Concert.  Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

March 31 - MO Masonic Scholarship: The Masonic Scholarship Fund of Missouri, Inc. proudly offers three different scholarships to Missouri high school students. These scholarships are available to students graduating this year from a Missouri high school, seeking to attend an accredited institution or higher education anywhere.
  • Masonic Merit Scholarship A $1,000/year scholarship available to students in any degree program.
  • Ruth Lutes Bachmann Scholarship A $1,000/year scholarship for students seeking a degree in the education or healthcare fields.
  • Samuel Smith Stewart Masonic Scholarship A $12,000/year scholarship available to students in any degree program

March 31 - MIEF ScholarshipThe MIEF provides scholarships for four (4) Missouri high school graduating seniors interested in or intending to purse an insurance, risk management or actuarial science course of study in a Missouri college or university.

March 31 - Kirksville Regional Airport Association Scholarship: The Kirksville Regional Airport Association is offering a scholarship to high school seniors in Adair, Knox, Linn, Macon, Putnam, Scotland, Schuyler, and Sullivan Counties.  The scholarship is intended for students planning to pursue a career in the rapidly growing aviation industry.  Careers considered for the scholarship include pilot certification, A & P mechanics, airport management, aerospace engineering, air traffic control, or other aviation related occupation.  The application is at the bottom of this page. The deadline for applying is March 31.

March 31 - Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for AgricultureMissouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture awards four $500 scholarships annually to students pursuing a degree or appropriate certification in fields related to and supportive of agriculture. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) Heavy Equipment Operations; 2) Electronics; 3) Welding; and 4) Diesel and Farm Machinery Repair. All applicants or their parents or guardians must hold an active Farm Bureau member, must be enrolled as a full time student, must be enrolled for the fall semester of the year in which the scholarship is awarded and must be pursuing an associate of applied science degree or certification in a trade related to agriculture as listed above.  For more information and to access the application, go here: Applications are due March 31, 2018!

March 31 - Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central: The University of the Aftermarket Foundation operates the Automotive Aftermarket Scholarships Central website and, along with more than 40 other automotive organizations and donors, awards scholarships to students who apply online at In 2017, more than $400,000 in scholarships were awarded to more than 300 students. Available scholarships range from $1,000-$10,000 and will be awarded to students attending colleges and ASE/NATEF certified post-secondary Automotive, Collision, HD, or Alternate Fuel programs. Completed applications must be submitted by 3/31/2018. The scholarships are open to full time post-secondary students. Graduating high school seniors and former recipients are welcome to apply. Each completed scholarship application is reviewed by the organizations where the student meets the qualifications.  Last year, more than 50 students received multiple awards from one application. The application review begins in April. Recipients will be notified by each organization so that awarded scholarships will be available for summer or fall 2018 terms.

April 1 - American Legion Scholarships: There are a variety of scholarships avilable on the American Legion website

April 1 - Merrell University of Beauty Arts & Science: Merrell University offers an annual Scholarship for Cosmetology and Esthetics to each area high school. The Scholarship amounts are $1,000 for Cosmetology and $1,000 for Esthetics and are non-renewable. One Scholarship is awarded per high school and applied to tuition and fees upon completion of the course. Candidates should be in the upper 50% of their graduating class and indicate an interest in Cosmetology or Esthetics. Merrell University selects the recipient. Please check our website for an application.

April 1 - Student of Integrity Judge Kristie J. Swaim offers three (3) $50 awards to Adair County students who demonstrate character, leadership and ethical values. One award will be given to a 2018 senior at each of the following schools: Brashear, Kirksville and Novinger. The awards are intended to encourage students to become future Missouri community leaders and to promote ethical standards as they pursue their careers. 
Judge Swaim, or her designee, will announce the recipients of the 2018 Student of Integrity Awards at the senior awards ceremony or graduation for each student’s high school. Each recipient will be presented with a certificate of award and a $50 check at that time. Criteria: *Student must be a resident of Adair County, Missouri *Student must attend a public high school in Adair County, Missouri *Student must maintain a 3.5 or better cumulative GPA *Student must plan to attend an accredited Missouri institution of higher education *Student must be in the 2018 graduating class *Student must attend the high school senior awards ceremony for their school Documentation: *Student must submit a completed, signed and dated application form *Student must submit a signed and dated letter from guidance counselor stating current GPA *Student must submit two (2) letters of recommendation specific to the student’s integrity Procedure & Deadline: *Applications and supporting documentation must be mailed to Judge Kristie J. Swaim, 22673 Shady Oak Trail, Kirksville, MO 63501 *Applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked by no later than April 1, 2018. Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

April 1 - Missouri Patriot Guard Riders Scholarship: This non-renewable $2,500 scholarship is being offered to Missouri students who are sons or daughters of those who fall within the following categories: 
        1. ) Those who have given their lives in the line of duty, including both military and first                         responders (police/fire)
        2. ) Those honorably discharged veterans who have passed after their term of service
        3. ) Those veterans or first responders disabled in the line of duty to the extent that providing              an advanced education cannot be easily realized. 
Application located at the bottom of this page.

April 3 - Kirksville Women of TodayA scholarship will be award to a senior girl who will be attending an accredited college or university. Applicants must demonstrate leadership through school or community organizations, is a good citizen and positive role model. Applications are at the bottom of this page.

April 9 - Mary Immaculate Alumni & Booster Club ScholarshipThe Mary Immaculate Alumni & Booster Club is pleased to award two scholarships in the amounts of $500 and $250.  Applications will be accepted from college-bound senior students that have graduated from Mary Immaculate Parish School, in Kirksville, Missouri. Applications are due 4/9/18. Two scholarships ($500, $250) will be awarded to two individuals based on the applicant’s demonstration of Faith, Knowledge, and Service during his/her high school career, as well as a submitted one page/500 word essay that answers the prompt: How did your experience at Mary Immaculate School make a positive impact on your life? Complete application is located at the bottom of this page.

May 31 - Dan Schall Ministries Scholarship Fund: Individuals going into Christian ministries may apply for a $500 scholarship. For more information visit:

June 1Animation Career Review "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship: This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student interested in pursuing an animation related degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit to find eligibility information along with an online application. This is the seventh year we have offered this scholarship.

June 1Fashion Schools "Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship: This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit to find eligibility information along with an online application. This is the fifth year we have offered this scholarship.

June 1Online MBA Report "Aspiring Business Professional" Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit to find eligibility information along with an online application. This is the third year we have offered this scholarship.
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