Students enrolling at the University of Missouri or MU the first semester after high school graduation are welcome to apply for this tremendous scholarship opportunity which will ultimately reduce their financial burden. The University of Missouri is inviting candidates to apply for its worthy Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship. Fellows should be United States citizens or permanent residents with an excellent academic standing. Membership in a racial or ethnic minority group is required to be eligible for this scholarship.
The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship is designed to enhance recruitment and retention of academically talented undergraduate students from ethnic groups that are typically under-represented in higher education. This scholarship is named to honor Dr. Donald M. Suggs, a newspaper publisher, retired oral surgeon, patron of the arts, and distinguished community leader. His contributions to the City of St. Louis and the State of Missouri are recognized and honored by the University of Missouri-Columbia. This scholarship reduces a lot of financial burden on students.
The University of Missouri System supports more than 70,000 students across four universities, serves all 114 counties, and generates billions of dollars of economic impact for the state of Missouri. Their vision is advancing the opportunities for deserving students and representing the students at a global level. Throughout its history, the University of Missouri System has been the state’s partner in the education of Missouri’s citizens and the growth of its economy. The University of Missouri was established as the first public university west of the Mississippi River in 1839. Built by proud Missouri citizens determined to leave a legacy for their children and the generations to come, the University of Missouri System grew from the very roots of the state.
Get a glance of all the details about the scholarship in the table below:
|Organization||University of Missouri|
|Educational Level||Freshmen students|
|Number of Awards||Undefined|
|Application Deadline||December 1, 2020|
Who May Be Eligible?
The eligibility requirements for the Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship are as follows:
- Fellows should have a composite ACT score of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 1260 or higher for the new exam.
- Candidates should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- Enrollment at MU the first semester after high school graduation is mandatory.
- Membership in a racial or ethnic minority group that is under-represented in relation to the University’s goal to achieve the educational benefits of a diverse student body.
- First preference shall be given to students who are residents of the greater St. Louis, Missouri, metropolitan area.
How to Apply
The interested candidates should apply for admission to the University of Missouri. Applicants should provide all the mandatory data during the admission. Incomplete or invalid data provided during the admission process will not be considered for the scholarship. After the selection process fellow will be invited for the interview. Applicants who meet the criteria should submit the essays on the official link. Only the eligible students are welcome to submit the essay.
- Official transcripts and official test scores from test score providers ACT or college board should be provided.
- One-page response or essay on the following:
We all have goals. But those who are most successful in reaching them take concrete and bold actions towards them rather than merely imagining them. Describe an as yet unattained goal you have in your life – intellectual, personal, or academic – and explain why and how it became a goal, as well as the considered and aspirational steps that you plan to take to achieve it.
We have all been challenged in our lives and forced to accept changes that we may not have wanted or been prepared for. Describe a time in your life when you tackled a challenge or stood up for a belief, your motivations for doing so, the outcome of the situation, and how you see that as a shaping factor for your future endeavors.
Immense benefits of the scholarship are given below:
- Missouri resident: $15,000 per year award.
- Non-Missouri resident: Nonresidents also receive a waiver of nonresident tuition (approximately $15,838). Waiver of nonresident tuition is for a total of 8 regular semesters (fall and spring), students are not eligible for the waiver during summer terms. (Will be canceled or reduced if nonresident tuition is waived or paid by another source.)
- An additional amount of up to $7,000 for a study abroad experience also are included
- $2,000 stipend for freshman year participation in MU Discovery Fellows Research Program.
- Recipients of the Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship are eligible to receive the Bright Flight Scholarship. The Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship cannot be combined with certain general University scholarships such as the Curator’s Scholar Award, Excellence Award, Chancellor’s Award, George C. Brooks Scholarship, Diversity Award, Mizzou Scholars Award, Mark Twain Nonresident Scholarship, Black and Gold Scholarships, Border State Scholars, and the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship.
- The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship may be reduced if all federal, state, institutional, and private aid received by the student exceeds the cost of attendance as defined by the MU Student Financial Aid Office.
Applications and other materials should be provided before December 1, 2020.