Distinguished Scholars Award

2019 Distinguished Scholars Award

The Distinguished Scholars Award is Missouri S&T’s most prestigious academic scholarship for incoming freshmen who reside outside the state of Missouri. This highly competitive scholarship of $30,000 per year will be awarded to 5 students. This would be a revised scholarship offer and will supersede any other offer that was provided by the Admissions Office. This is a four-year package renewable with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25.

To apply for the Distinguished Scholars Award, all eligibility requirements must be met and all instructions followed for an application to be considered. Applications are evaluated as received, up to the January 30, 2019 deadline.


Eligibility for the Distinguished Scholars Award is met by the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better after six semesters of high school coursework
  • Take the ACT (or SAT) test by December of 2018 and receive an ACT score of 29 or better to be eligible. (If taking the SAT, a CR+M score of 1330 is needed)
  • Be a US Citizen or US permanent resident outside the state of Missouri
  • Be a 2019 high school graduate

How to Apply

  • We recommend that you apply for admission two weeks in advance of the January 30th Distinguished Scholars Award deadline to allow time to process your application. Please go to apply.mst.edu and complete the online admissions application.  Please submit your high school transcript and official test score.
  • You will need to set up your S&T student account at least 1 business day prior to logging into scholarships.mst.edu.  To do this you will need the username that was sent to the email address you used when you applied for admission.  Click here if you need more information about setting up your student account. 
  • Complete the Distinguished Scholars Award application and submit your essay through scholarships.mst.edu by January 30, 2019. (Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 pm)


Because of the outstanding credentials of all applicants, the scholarship essay is a critical part of the early evaluation process. Your narrative essay should be between 500 to 750 words (excluding a bibliography page), typed in maximum 12 pt. Times New Roman font and double spaced. The essay will need to be in a program compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file. Please use MLA style formatting.   

  1. Purpose and theme
  2. Introduction and conclusion
  3. Organization and structure
  4. Research and documentation
  5. Language use and mechanics

 2019 Distinguished Scholars Award Essay Topic

Imagine that you are in your last semester at Missouri S&T, and you have been asked by a prospective employer or graduate school, to include a personal narrative, in your application. In your narrative, you will discuss your educational, personal and co-curricular or extra-curricular experiences while at S&T. You are encouraged to discuss how you see yourself as an S&T student and a member of the S&T community. Given the limitations on your time because of your academics, think carefully about the opportunities in which you will participate, both in your first year and then throughout your education at S&T. Then in your narrative as you consider yourself near graduation, reflect on your educational path, how your education at S&T has prepared you for your life and career, and how will S&T be different because you chose to become a Miner.


Students will be notified if they are or are not moving on in the process. Each finalist will receive an invitation to discuss his/her essay via a virtual interview.