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The State of Missouri has created a number of scholarships for students who seek to further their education. A number of these scholarships are only available to Missouri residents while others are open to out-of-state students who attend colleges or universities in Missouri. The best place to start off in your search for Missouri scholarships is to complete a FAFSA application. This will help you determine whether you are available for any state or federal funding. If you have already decided on the college or university you will be attending, it is also recommended that you inquire at your financial aid office to determine whether there are any additional scholarships you may qualify for based on your Missouri status. If you are still searching for Missouri scholarships, check out the list below for some scholarships you may be eligible for:
A+ Scholarship Program assists Missouri residents who have graduated from an A+ designated high school attend college. This award is open to both high school students and current college students. The criteria for high school students include the following requirements: reside in the U.S., attend an A+ high school for three years in a row, hold at least a 2.5 grade point average, maintain a 95% attendance record, volunteer as a tutor or mentor for at least 50 hours, and be a citizen in good standing. Students may receive up to $159.75 per credit hour. Additional information about this award can be found here: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.php.
Bright Flight Program is open to students who are residents of both Missouri and the United States. These awards help fund top students from Missouri. Only students who have scored in the top 5% of all Missouri students who take the ACT or SAT may apply. In order to receive the award, students must plan to enroll at a participating Missouri college or university during the fall semester that follows their graduation date. Students must also attend college on a full-time basis, unless they have a disability in which case they must attend at least six credit hours. The award provides up to $3,000 worth of tuition assistance. Additional information can be found here: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/brightflight.php.
Kids Chance Scholarship Program was created to aid the dependent children of workers who were killed or disabled as a result of their job duties. In order to be eligible, children must be residents of both Missouri and the United States and be between the ages of 17-22 years old. In addition, they must be the child of a Missouri employee who was killed or severely injured in the line of duty. The student must plan to enroll for at least six credit hours at a participating Missouri college or university. In order to apply, students must complete a FAFSA application and a Kids’ Chance Scholarship form prior to the April 30th deadline. This award is not open to students who plan to major in divinity or theology. Furthermore, the student must show financial need. The scholarship may cover up to the full amount of tuition. Additional information can be found here: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/kidschance.php.
Author: Jeff Gitlen