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 five students. This would be a revised scholarship offer and will supersede any other offer that was provided by admissions. This is a four-year package renewable with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Out of state residents who become Missouri residents will be assessed instate tuition and forfeit out of state scholarships.

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 December 1, 2020 deadline.


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

  • Receive a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75  after six semesters of high school coursework 
  • Receive an ACT superscore of 29 or better OR a SAT EBRW superscore of 1330 or better. The ACT (or SAT) test must be completed by the December 2020 test.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident outside the state of Missouri
  • Be a 2021 high school graduate
  • Applied for admission to Missouri S&T no later than November 13, 2020
  • Submit an application by the deadline: December 1, 2020

How to Apply

  • Apply for admission two weeks in advance of the December 1st Distinguished Scholars Award deadline to allow time to process your application. Visit apply.mst.edu to complete the online admissions application, and submit your high school transcript and official test score.
  • Set up your S&T student account at least one business day prior to logging into scholarships.mst.edu. You will need the username that was sent to the email address you used when you applied for admission. Learn how to set up your student account.
  • Complete the Distinguished Scholars Award application, and submit your essay through scholarships.mst.edu by December 1, 2020. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 pm CST.


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 composed in a program compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF file. Please use MLA style formatting.   

The scholarship committee will judge the essay on the following:
  1. Purpose and theme
  2. Introduction and conclusion
  3. Organization and structure
  4. Research and documentation
  5. Language use and mechanics
Essay topic

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Missouri University of Science and Technology’s founding as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.  Choose one of the University’s Alumni of Influence from 2011 or 2016, located at https://influence.mst.edu/, and research their career field and accomplishments.  How does the alumnus/alumna you chose symbolize the spirit of science, technology, discovery and innovation that you would like to achieve at Missouri S&T?  Your essay should include your research on the alumnus/alumna’s discovery or innovation as well as the steps that individual took in his/her education and career.  How has your chosen alumnus/alumna inspired you to advance your journey of discovery and achievement?  How will your education in science, technology, the arts, social sciences, and the humanities guide you on your way when continuing the alumnus or alumna’s legacy? 


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