Scholarship Opportunities


Scholarships come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. There are countless reasons a student would have to apply for financial aid or receive gifted funding to attend a post secondary school. But the bottom line is that scholarships provide an opportunity for most people to earn an education. Without assistance from an outside source, may have trouble paying for the degree they desire or need to enter the workforce.

Below is a list of websites that may be of interest to you. While this list is not a comprehensive list it is a starting place. See your guidance counselor for further guidance.

Spartan Alliance Scholarships

The Battle Spartan Alliance gives up to ten $500 scholarships each year to graduating seniors at Muriel Battle High School. Applications are due March 20th, 2020. See link below to begin application process.

Spartan Alliance Scholarship

Boone County Electric Scholarships (2020)

In recognition of former CEO/General Manager Robert Alderson (CEO 1977-2000) the Boone Electric Community Trust awards 13-$2,000 scholarships in May of each year. Scholarships are awarded to one graduating student from each of the public high schools in the Boone Electric Cooperative service area. Four at-large scholarships are also available to students from private schools, home schools and nontraditional backgrounds.

Public School Application Link: Boone Electric

Private School or Home Schooled Link: At-Large Applicants

Northwest Region of MSTA Scholarships

The Northwest Region of MSTA awards two scholarships to High School seniors each year. Districts may nominate ONE student for this one-time $800 scholarship. The Northwest Region Association of the Missouri State Teachers Association, recognizing the need for the recruitment of outstanding people into the teaching profession, has established a scholarship fund to be used to assist students going into the field of education. This scholarship must be used at a college or university within the state of Missouri. Two students from Northwest Region school districts will be selected.

Applications MUST be submitted on line by February 1. Apply now.

MSTA Scholarship Link: MSTA

Connections Bank Scholarship

Connections Bank awards $500 college scholarships for high school seniors throughout Boone County and Cooper County. The scholarships are to be used towards enrollment in a college or university. Students interested in applying for the Connections Bank Scholarship must complete and return an application by March 15.

A link to the scholarship was not available. You will need to contact the bank to receive a scholarship application.

Phone: 573 657-0606

Mail the completed form to:

Connections Bank

P.O. Box 228

Ashland MO, 65010

VFW Youth Scholarships

Voice of Democracy Scholarship -

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

Deadline: October of 2021

Amount - Up to $30,000

Rules and Eligibility - Voice of Democracy Rules

Entry Form: Voice of Democracy Entry Form

MNEA Scholarships, Grants and Contests

Entry Link: Click here

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

Amount - The total award is for $20000 and there are 20 awards given. The scholarship is open to US high school seniors who are currently involved in high school or after-school sports. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Deadline: December 13th, 2019

Application Link: Foot Locker Scholarship

Beacon Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 each Spring and Fall semester

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

Description: The Beacon® Scholarship for Rural America will award $1,000 scholarships to ONE winner in the Spring and TWO winners in the Fall semester, to graduating high school seniors, current college students, or adult learners planning to enroll in an accredited college program during the 2019 – 2020 academic year.

Eligibility: Applicants must be college-bound graduating high school seniors, current college students, or adult learners with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (high school or college) who are planning to enroll in an accredited college program. Applicants must also reside in a rural area and meet low-income criteria outlined in the application.

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MASFAP Who's Making a Difference Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Nov. 07, 2019

Description: The Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP) is dedicated to serving students and opening avenues to access the benefits of higher education and advocating for the maintenance of high ethical standards in the financial aid profession. Through early awareness and outreach we strive to help students to achieve and fulfill their dreams of a post- secondary education.

Eligibility: Open to any 2020 Graduating Senior from a Missouri High School planning to attend a private or public 2 or 4 year institution, or vocational-technical school in Missouri in fall 2020.

Application Link:

Central Methodist University Go Away to College Close to Home 50% tuition scholarship.

Amount: 50% off tuition

Deadline: Automatically considered for this award upon acceptance if a student submits the required application materials.

Description: Central Methodist University Go Away to College Close to Home Program would offer a 50% tuition waiver to all non co curricular accepted Howard, Cooper, Saline and Boone County students who meet or exceed the 52.5 index score and are A+ eligible. The index is calculated based on high school grade point average and standardized test scores. Students may live on campus or at home with their parent or guardian. This scholarship may not be combined with any other CMU scholarship offer.

Eligibility: • Meet or exceed a 52.5 index score. The index is calculated based on high school grade point average (weighted or unweighted) and standardized test scores. (GPA x ACT=INDEX) • Be Missouri A+

Eligible • Attend high school in Howard, Cooper, Saline or Boone County.

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019

Description: The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual.

Eligibility: The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges.

Application Link:

Coolidge Scholarship

Amount: FULL tuition, room, board, and expenses for 4 years.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Description: The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.!

Eligibility: Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service.

Application Link:

Earl Collins Kiwanis Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Eligibility: See attached application

Downloadable Application: 2020EarlCollins.pdf

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Amount: $100 - $10,000

Deadline: Jan. 17, 2020

Description: The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.

Eligibility: The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools. Contest Topic Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917.

Application Link:

Additional Information: FAQs:

Successors Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

Description: Motivation drives us to succeed. Whether it is an internal motivation that keeps us committed to reaching our goals or an external challenge that makes us push forward beyond what we thought possible. Not all people are motivated by the same things. And not all people are motivated to accomplish the same things. Only your motivations are known to you. That is why we need you to tell us in less that 250 words, what is that X factor that keeps you determined to reach your goals.

Eligibility: Scholarship Applicant Requirements: Be fifteen (15) years of age or older at the time of application Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2026) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education - college, university or trade school.

Application Link:

Salute to Seniors - Columbia African American Association Scholarship

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020

Description: The Columbia African American Association (CAAA) is committed to the development of America’s youth; specifically targeting African American students living in the Columbia, Missouri area. Our children are the future leaders of America and we accept the challenge and responsibility of preparing them for success. Our top priority is to cultivate and develop responsible citizens and leaders.

Eligibility: Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: 1. Applicant must be African American. 2. Applicant must possess/maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (cumulative). 3. Applicant must attend high school in Columbia, Mo. 4. Applicant must submit complete 2020 application packet in PDF format (no photographs or JPEGs) ELECTRONICALLY (via email) NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2020.

Contact Information: Columbia African American Association (CAAA) ATTN: CAAA Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Keener Tippin:

Contact Email:

Downloadable Application: 2020ColumbiaAfricanAmerican.pdf

Pascal's Pals Scholarship

Amount: Three (3) $1,000 scholarships

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020

Description: Applicant must have been treated for a sustained period at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Applicant must be a high school student who has been previously diagnosed with a life threatening or chronic condition. The scholarship is for continuing education via college or trade school.

Application Link:

Downloadable Application: 2020PascalsPals.pdf

Paxton Keeley Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2020 by 4:00 P.M.

Description: The Paxton Keeley PTA offers a $500.00 (Five hundred dollar) scholarship as a way to congratulate our former students on their graduation from high school.The money is intended to be used for their continuing education in college or technical school.

Eligibility: 1. The applicant must have attended Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School for at least one full school year during their K-5th grade years. 2. Applicant must be a high school senior at Hickman, Rock Bridge, Battle and/or Douglas High School. 3. Applicant must submit the application along with an essay entitled “What Paxton Keeley Meant to Me”.

Contact Information: 4. Essays must be hand delivered to the office staff of Mary Paxton Keeley no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2020. Entries may also be mailed to the following address, but must be received before the 4:00 pm deadline.

Contact Email: Emailed entries will not be accepted.

Downloadable Application: 2020PaxtonKeeley.docx

Additional Documentation: 2020PaxtonKeeleyCoverSheet.docx

Additional Information: The essay should be no more than two pages in length, typed and should include the following: a. Timeframe and grade levels attended at Paxton Keeley b. Activities in which they were involved at Paxton Keeley c. Memorable experiences d. The impact their time at Paxton Keeley has had on their lives.

Doug Mooney Heart of a Champion Scholarship

Amount: $1,000-$3,000

Deadline: Apr. 01, 2020

Description: The Douglas R. Mooney Heart of a Champion Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 to provide financial assistance to deserving Central Missouri high school graduates who have consistently demonstrated the qualifies, traits and characteristics, both in the sports arena and in the classroom, that made the late Doug Mooney not just a great athlete, but also a great person: DEDICATION -- DETERMINATION -- PERSEVERANCE -- INTEGRITY -- HONESTY -- PASSION

Eligibility: 1. Must submit a completed scholarship application prior to April 1st of their Senior year 2. Will be a graduate of a Central Missouri High School 3. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 4. Must be enrolled or planning to enroll full-time in a 2 or 4-year college, university or trade school in the semester immediately following graduation 5. Must have written recommendations from 1 coach or teacher 6. Plans to participate in collegiate athletics is NOT required but will be considered.

Downloadable Application: 2020DougMooneyScholarship.pdf

PLATO's Closet Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Apr. 01, 2019

Description: YOUR STORY… Tell us how you’ve made a difference—at home, at school, or in the community. Did you start a project? Are you part of a team? Maybe you made a difference individually. Send us a one-page summary (because you’ve got better things to do than write some lengthy essay about the things you’ve already done!) Bonus points if you tell us how you’ve helped to “reduce, reuse, or recycle”. Submit Application To:

Eligibility: Scholarship recipient must be enrolled full-time for two subsequent semesters to quality. Recipient will be selected by the owner and a small selection community of Rocket Scientry LLC DBA Plato’s Closet. Scholarship amount will be paid in the form of two $500 reimbursements of the purchase of textbooks (hopefully used!) during the subsequent fall and spring semesters. Paid receipts for books must be submitted for reimbursement.

Contact Email:

Maison Law Central Valley Community Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 01, 2020

Description: The Maison Law Central Valley Community Scholarship is available to high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall.

Eligibility: ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: We ask that all applicants: Be a graduating high school senior Have a minimum 3.0 GPA Submit an essay of approximately 500 words in the form below telling us “How you would make the streets of the Central Valley (or your city) safer”. Your answer could address anything from a dangerous intersection to how to curb texting and driving or even making roads safer for cyclists. It’s up to you.

Application Link:

B. Davis Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 22, 2019

Description: To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Contact Email:

Application Link:

Pro Stock Hockey Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Aug. 01, 2020

Description: Through the Pro Stock Hockey Scholarship, we award the winning student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree.

Eligibility: To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must attend an accredited college or university based in the USA.

Application Link:

Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2019

Description: The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergrad in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual.

Eligibility: The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges.

Application Link:

Other Scholarship Links

First Time College Students: Missouri Residents

University of Missouri Scholarships

Truman University Scholarships

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri Area Community College Scholarships

Linn State Technical College Scholarships

University of Missouri - St. Louis Scholarships

Columbia College Scholarships

Stephens College Scholarships

University of Central Missouri Scholarships

Crowder College - 2 year college

Missouri State

North Central College - 2 year A+ Scholarship College

Ozark Technical College - 2 year

State Fair Community College - 2 year

Three Rivers Community College - 2 year

Top Scholarships for Children of Veterans

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Wartime Veteran Survivors Grant Program - Missouri Specific

Dolphin Scholarship Fund - National

High school seniors and current college students who are children/stepchildren of members or former members of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force can apply for financial awards through the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation.

How to qualify: Candidates must be unmarried and under the age of 24 during the year of application. Applicants must attend a four-year accredited college or university. Applicants are evaluated based on academic proficiency, extracurricular activities, community service, references and an essay.

When to Apply: October 1st to March 15

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Tailhook Educational Foundation Scholarship Awards

The Tailhook Educational Foundation grants scholarships to children and grandchildren of individuals who serve or formerly served in the U.S. Navy as naval aviators, flight officers or aircrewmen, or as carrier aviation air wing or ship’s company personnel.

How to qualify: Applicants must be accepted to an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Graduate students are not eligible.

When to apply: December 15 to March 1.

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Scholarship Resource Websites

Big Future Scholarship Search


College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Raptor Scholarship Search


Going Merry

Good Call

Guaranteed Scholarships

Sallie Mae Scholarship Search



Wace National Co-op Scholarship Program