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. 


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 before the December 1, 2021 deadline
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident outside the state of Missouri
  • Be a 2022 high school graduate
  • Applied for admission to Missouri S&T no later than November 14, 2021
  • Submit an application by December 1, 2021

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.
  • Complete the Distinguished Scholars Award application, and submit your essay through the Distinguished Scholars Application website. The deadline for the 2022 Distinguished Scholars Award will be December 1, 2021. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59 am CST.

Distinguished Scholars Application


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

For over fifty years, people have attempted to mitigate the impact humanity has on the environment by recycling and reusing as much material as possible.  Write an essay describing the industries in which this effort has significantly benefited the environment, and industries that have fallen short.  Describe opportunities you will have at Missouri S&T to learn how to craft a more sustainable future.  Document the sources you used in developing your position.



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.