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Graduate Student Scholarships

Apply for Multiple Scholarships with a Single Online Application

UCM Scholarship Finder is the University's online system that makes it easy and convenient for students to apply for all UCM Alumni Foundation Scholarships established by generous friends of the University. Online application instructions and details about individual scholarships are provided in the UCM Scholarship Finder online application. Simply fill out a single application that is automatically submitted toward all eligible scholarships! Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will be available from Sept. 1, 2021 through Feb. 1, 2022. Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will be available from Aug. 1, 2022 through Feb. 1, 2023. 

Graduate Student Achievement Award

This award waives $500 of the recipient's Fall and Spring fees. The award is based on high academic achievement and leadership qualities. Students who receive a full-time Graduate Assistantship are not eligible for a Graduate Student Achievement Award.

Graduate Non-Resident Scholarship

Covers the non-resident fees for graduate study at Central Missouri for all students enrolling no later than the fourth semester following graduation from an undergraduate program at Central; the student must have earned a minimum of 69 hours at Central Missouri with a 3.0 or higher UCM GPA; renewable for six semesters if student maintains a graduate GPA of 3.4 or higher. Deadline: Open.  Application Form

Reid Hemphill Award

This cash award is given to the university's outstanding graduate student. The award was funded and established by Dr. Reid Hemphill, Central Missouri's first Graduate Dean. Nominations are made by faculty members to their deans. The deans of UCM's colleges then nominate one student from the college for the award. The recipient is selected by the Graduate Council.

UCM Bound Out of State Scholarship

Don’t let out-of-state tuition keep you from studying at UCM.  With the UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship, students in the following states will have the non-resident portion of their fees waived at UCM. These states include the eight states that border Missouri and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference (MIAA) border states.

New Mexico
South Dakota

Value: 100 % of non-resident fees.

Eligibility: Regularly admitted (not provisionally admitted) undergraduate, and Master's Degree-seeking graduate, students whose permanent legal residence is located in one of the above states AND is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Recipients of the UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship may not also receive the Second Generation Grant, Non-Resident Fee Credit, Midwest Student Exchange Program, Non-Resident Scholar Award, non-resident fee portion of the UCM Educational Development Program, or other programs that cover all or partial non-resident fees.

A credit equal to the non-resident portion of tuition fees will appear on the UCM account of UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship recipients.  

Renewability: Automatically renewed for students who maintain legal residence in one of the above states and aren't recipients of other programs that cover all or partial non-resident fees.

Scholarship Questions

How do I find a scholarship for my major?

Information regarding UCM Alumni Foundation scholarships is available through UCM Scholarship Finder (Formerly MoCents), the University's online scholarship application.


Where can I find more scholarships to apply for?

Information about scholarships external to UCM is available in the External Scholarships section on this page.

What do I do if I receive a scholarship check?

Complete details on how to submit your off-campus scholarship check(s) are located on this page under "Submitting Scholarship Checks to UCM."




Do I have to be a full-time student to receive a UCM scholarship?

Most of the UCM scholarships require full-time enrollment (earning a minimum of 9 (nine) Graduate hours per semester at UCM).

Can my conduct affect my UCM scholarship eligibility?

Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if the recipient fraudulently misrepresents any information or engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty.

Submitting Scholarship Checks to UCM

If you are the recipient of a scholarships sponsored by a civic organization, employer, church, etc., please instruct the sponsor to make the scholarship check payable to University of Central Missouri and forward it to:

University of Central Missouri
Student Financial Services - Scholarships
PO Box 800
1100 Ward Edwards Building 
Warrensburg, MO 64093

If the sponsor provides you with the scholarship check:

  1. Endorse the check if it is made payable to you.
  2. Attach the check to a photocopy of the award letter and any supporting documents.
  3. Bring the check and photocopy documentation to Freshman Orientation and Enrollment or mail/deliver them to the Student Financial Services Office.

Caution: If the scholarship check is made payable only to you, you will need to deposit it to your personal account (or cash it) to use for any educational expenses you may have.

When we receive your scholarship check, we will credit your UCM student account. The amount of the scholarship check will be divided evenly between the Fall and Spring semesters unless otherwise instructed in writing by the scholarship sponsor.


External Scholarships

Please Note: University of Central Missouri is making these links to external scholarships and/or loans available as a service. We do not control these award processes and offer no assurances related to them.


CollegeBoard Fastweb Sallie Mae Scholarship Search Scholarship Guidance RN to BSN


Wondering if a scholarship is too good to be true? Maybe it is. Check the following two sites to be sure.
The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Back to School Scams


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