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Future Freshman Scholarships

UCM has many financial assistance programs that can help you bring your total educational and living expenses well within reach. Each year, nearly $21 million in institutional aid and $1.3 million in foundational scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, special talents or potential in a specific field of study.

If you have questions or need clarification about any aspect of the UCM scholarship program, please contact the Scholarship Assistant via email at scholarships@ucmo.edu, in person at Ward Edwards 1100, by phone (660) 543-4541, fax (660) 543-8080, or by mail (University of Central Missouri, Attn: Scholarships, Student Financial Services, PO Box 800, Ward Edwards 1100,Warrensburg, MO 64093).

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. The UCM Scholarship Finder application for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available on August 1, 2020 with a deadline of February 1, 2021.  You can still apply after February 1, 2021, as some scholarships will still be awarded after that date.

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Scholarship Eligibility Calculator for Freshmen

All incoming freshmen students will automatically be considered for the scholarships below after submitting their UCM Application for Admission, high school transcript, ACT composite score, and application fee. No other application is necessary. Completing the application for admission process early is strongly encouraged. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail at their home address.

 

2022-2023 Freshman Scholarship Chart

Red and Black Scholarship

Value: Based on cumulative, official high-school transcript GPA (6th, 7th or 8th semester, whichever is higher), and official ACT composite score (or superscore, whichever is higher ) achieved on or before the June 2021 national ACT test (or SAT score/superscore earned on or before the June 2021 national SAT test). The UCM Scholarship Eligibility Calculator may be used to estimate the value.

Eligibility: To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Incoming freshman student
  • Be a regularly-admitted freshman (not provisionally admitted)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Must enroll full-time (12 hours) each semester

Renewability: The Red & Black Scholarship may be received for a maximum of eight (8) semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient:

  • Maintains status as a full-time UCM undergraduate student (12 or more undergraduate credit hours) each semester, and
  • Achieves the minimum cumulative UCM grade-point average required (see chart below) upon completion of the second semester as a full-time student at UCM (and each academic year thereafter).
Annual Value of the Red & Black Scholarship UCM GPA Required for Renewal
$4,500 3.25
$2,500 3.00
$1,500 2.75
$1,000 2.50

A+ Recognition Scholarship (Freshmen beginning Fall 2020)

 

Value: $500 per year

Beginning with the freshman class of Fall 2020, the University of Central Missouri is proud to share that it will be awarding this scholarship to A+ eligible students who meet the following criteria:

Available only to first-time freshmen with an ACT of 18-36 and minimum 2.50 GPA

Must enroll full-time (12 hours) each semester

Students must apply for admission and the FAFSA by February 1st of their Senior year of high school

Students must attend an A+ eligible Missouri high school and indicate A+ on the admissions application

Actual award will be made upon confirmation of completed A+ requirements (A+ Seal on the final transcript)

Renewable for one additional year with a 3.00 GPA and 24 credit hours completed

Stackable (can be added to the Red & Black Scholarship)

UCM Dual Credit Scholarship (Freshmen beginning Fall 2020)

 

Value: $1,000 per year

Eligibility: To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

Incoming freshman student who has taken at least one dual credit course with UCM
Received at least a 3.0 GPA or higher in all UCM dual credit coursework
Must enroll full-time (12 hours) each semester
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Be a regularly-admitted freshman (not provisionally admitted)
File a FAFSA by April 1st of senior year
Renewability: This scholarship may be renewed for up to six (6) semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient:

Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in all UCM coursework
Must enroll full-time (12 hours) each semester

Non-Resident Scholar Award

 

Value: Covers 25%, 50% or 100% of non-resident fees. Percentage is based on cumulative, official high-school transcript GPA (6th, 7th or 8th semester, whichever is higher), and official ACT composite score (or superscore, whichever is higher) achieved on or before the June 2021 national ACT test (or SAT score/superscore earned on or before the June 2021 national SAT test). The UCM Scholarship Eligibility Calculator may be used to estimate the value.

Eligibility: To be eligible, students must meet the following criteria:

Incoming freshman student
Non-resident of Missouri
Be a regularly-admitted freshman (not provisionally admitted)
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Recipients of the Non-Resident Scholar Award may not also receive the Choose Red Grant, Second Generation Grant, Non-Resident Fee Credit, Midwest Student Exchange Program, non-resident fee portion of the UCM Educational Development Program or other programs that cover all or partial non-resident fees.

A non-resident fee total and a credit equal to 25%, 50% or 100% of the non-resident fee portion will both appear on the UCM account of Non-Resident Scholar Award recipients.

Renewability: The Non-Resident Scholar Award may be received for a maximum of eight (8) semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient:

Maintains status as a full-time UCM undergraduate student (12 or more undergraduate credit hours) each semester, and
Maintains legal residence status as a non-Missouri resident, and
Achieves the minimum cumulative UCM grade-point average required (see chart below) upon completion of the second semester as a full-time student at UCM (and each academic year thereafter).

Annual Value of the Red & Black Scholarship % Non-Resident Fees Reduced UCM GPA Required for Renewal
$4,500 100% 3.25
$2,500 100% 3.00
$1,500 50% 2.75
$1,000 50% 2.75
$0 25% 2.75

UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship

 

Value: 100 % of non-resident fees.

Eligibility: Regularly admitted (not provisionally admitted) undergraduate students whose permanent legal residence is located in one of the following states: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas or Wyoming 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.

NOTE: Eligibility for the UCM Bound Out-of State Scholarship for students in Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming will go in to effect for the fall 2021 Semester.

Second Generation Grant

 

Value: 100% of non-resident fees.

Eligibility: To be eligible, a student must meet the following criteria:

Incoming freshman student
Non-resident of Missouri
Child/grandchild or step-child/step-grandchild of an individual who earned a degree (bachelors, masters, education specialist, or cooperative doctorate) from University of Central Missouri
Be a regularly-admitted freshman (not provisionally admitted).
Recipients of the Second Generation Grant may not also receive the UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship, 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 non-resident fee total and a credit equal to the non-resident fee portion will both appear on the UCM account of Second Generation Grant recipients.

Renewability: The Second Generation Grant may be received for a maximum of eight (8) semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient:

Maintains status as a full-time UCM undergraduate student (12 or more undergraduate credit hours) each semester, and
Maintains legal residence status as a non-Missouri resident, and
Achieves a minimum cumulative UCM grade-point average of 2.75 upon completion of the second semester as a full-time student at UCM (and each semester thereafter).

Midwest Student Exchange Program

 

Value: At University of Central Missouri, non-Missouri residents are charged the in-state tuition rate plus a non-resident fee. The Midwest Student Exchange Program will provide 50% of the non-resident portion of the fees of qualifying students. Students are responsible for the remaining 50% of the non-resident portion of the fees plus the in-state tuition rate.

Eligibility Criteria for Freshmen Students: To be considered, a student must meet the following criteria:

To be considered for participation in University of Central Missouri's Midwest Student Exchange Program (and pay 150% of University of Central Missouri's regular resident tuition, plus all required fees), students must be legal residents of one of the participating states.

Criteria for entering freshmen students:

  • To be considered for the Midwest Student Exchange Program, an entering freshman must be admitted to University of Central Missouri by March 1 of his/her senior year of high school. The student's application for admission and high school transcript are reviewed to determine eligibility. There is no separate application.
  • An entering freshman must have an ACT superscore of at least 22 and rank in the top 25% of his/her high school graduating class (or at least 3.5 high school grade-point average).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

Status in the Midwest Student Exchange Program is automatically renewed for students who complete 12 or more credit hours each semester at University of Central Missouri, with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 (entering freshmen may benefit for a maximum of 8 semesters; transfer students a maximum of 6 semesters).

The total number of Midwest Student Exchange Program participants is limited to 100. Current recipients receive priority consideration.

Legal resident of one of the following participating states: Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio or Wisconsin

Recipients of the UCM Bound Out-of-State Scholarship, Second Generation Grant, Non-Resident Fee Credit, 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 may not also benefit from the Midwest Student Exchange Program.

Missouri Boys State/Girls State Scholarship

 

Value: $1,500 one-time scholarship (10 scholarships available for Missouri Boys State participants and 10 scholarships available for Missouri Girls State participants)

Eligibility: To be considered, a student must:

Be an incoming freshman
Be admitted to UCM as a regularly-admitted freshman (not provisionally admitted)
Successfully complete the June 2020 Missouri American Legion Boys State or Girls State Program. Missouri Boys State or Missouri Girls State personnel will be contacted for verification of successful completion.
Submit the online scholarship application by February 1, 2021
The Missouri Boys State/Girls State Scholarship may be received in addition to other University of Central Missouri funded scholarships.

To Apply: Submit the  online scholarship application by February 1, 2021. (After completing the general application click on the "Recommended Opportunities" tab and complete the extra steps required for the Missouri Boys State/Girls State Scholarship.) Missouri Boys State/Girls State Scholarships are competitive and are limited to ten for Missouri Boys State participants and ten for Missouri Girls State participants. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email.

Not Renewable: The $1,500 value will be divided evenly between the Fall and Spring semesters of the recipient’s freshman year.

Cesar Chavez Scholarship

The Cesar Chavez Scholarship is available through the University of Central Missouri for a graduating high school senior from the Kansas City metropolitan area, who is of Hispanic or Latino descent or demonstrates involvement in the Hispanic or Latino Community, and is planning to attend the University of Central Missouri.

Value: $3,125 per year (renewable 4 years total)

Eligibility: To be considered, a student must:

  • Be a graduating senior of a high school located in the Kansas City metropolitan area (Eligible Kansas City, MO counties include: Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson and Platte; Eligible Kansas City, KS counties include: Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte);
  • Be accepted to the University of Central Missouri;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold legal immigration status;
  • be of Hispanic or Latino descent or demonstrate involvement in the Hispanic or Latino community;
  • Have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale following the seventh semester of high school;
  • Demonstrate financial need as defined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid);
  • File the FAFSA by April 1, 2021.

To Apply: Submit the Cesar Chavez Scholarship Application by March 1, 2021. The Cesar Chavez Scholarship is competitive and limited in number.

Renewability: The Cesar Chavez Scholarship may be received for a maximum of eight (8) semesters of undergraduate study provided the recipient:

  • Maintains status as a full-time UCM undergraduate student (12 or more undergraduate credit hours) each semester, and
  • Achieves a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 upon completion of each semester, and
  • Participate in the UCM Success Coaching/Mentoring Program (for more information about the Mentoring Program, contact Ken Schueller, Director of Success Advising (660-543-4995).
  • Be an active participant in a registered UCM student organization at the time of renewal.

Girl Scouts Scholarships

Girl Scouts Daisies to Ambassadors scholarship - $500 one time.

Gold Award Scholarship - $1,000 one time.

 

Eligibility requirements for the scholarships:

Girls Scouts Daisies to Ambassadors Scholarship:
-Must be a member of the Girls Scouts who had recurring membership from Daisies to Seniors.
-Must be enrolled full-time as a first time freshman
-3.0 GPA or higher

Gold Award Scholarship:
-Must be enrolled full-time as a first time freshman
-Must be a Gold Award Certificate holder
-3.0 GPA or higher


How to receive the scholarship:
Students will check a box through their student portal after they apply, letting us know they meet either of the scholarship requirements (or both as they can be combined).

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.

How do I apply for a UCM Freshman scholarship?

Your high school transcript and the information you provide on University of Central Missouri's application for admission are reviewed to determine your eligibility for freshman academic scholarships. Students must submit the online scholarship application to be considered for UCM’s Missouri Boys State/Girls State Scholarship and UCM Alumni Foundation Scholarships.

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."

What if I improve my High School GPA or ACT score? (Incoming Freshmen)

Your scholarship eligibility will be reconsidered if your 7th semester high school cumulative gpa is higher than your 6th semester and/or your ACT composite score improves on or before the April national ACT test. Please note: Scholarship reconsideration is contingent upon receipt of your official 7th semester high school transcript and/or the receipt of your official ACT scores by the Office of Admissions, University of Central Missouri, Ward Edwards 1401, Warrensburg, MO 64093.

What if I lose my UCM scholarship due to ineligibility?

Certain UCM renewable scholarships may be reinstated. To be considered for reinstatement, earn the required grade-point average and maintain status as a full-time (at least 12 undergraduate credit hours ) UCM undergraduate student each semester. See reinstatement information under "Current Students" for more details.

Are scholarships available for transfer students?

Students transferring from an accredited 4-year or 2-year, private or public college or university may be considered for a scholarship.

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 twelve undergraduate hours per semester at UCM). However, if otherwise eligible, you may be enrolled in less than twelve hours and receive a proportional amount of the award value under the following conditions:

  • Be enrolled in a University-approved off-campus internship
  • Be a last semester senior completing a degree program

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 scholarship 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, we suggest you deliver the check to the Student Financial Services Office (1100 Ward Edwards) and endorse it immediately before you hand it to the cashier.

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.

If the scholarship sponsor requests verification of your enrollment at UCM:

1. Provide the scholarship sponsor with a copy of your class schedule which you can print from MyCentral after you attend Freshman Orientation and Enrollment.

OR

2. If the sponsor cannot accept a copy of your class schedule, you can request an enrollment verification certificate by calling the UCM Office of the Registrar at (660) 543-4900, option 3 (not option 2) after you attend Freshman Orientation and Enrollment.

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.

FREE SOURCES OF INFORMATION ABOUT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIP LINKS 

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Please note: UCM scholarships may be reduced or canceled in the event the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors determines a financial exigency exists or state appropriations are substantially reduced to such an extent that funding is not available - or - if the recipient fraudulently misrepresents any information or engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty.

 

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