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 January 10, 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 or top 10% of your class
  • Receive an ACT score of 29 or better or a SAT score of at least 1330. The ACT (or SAT) test must be completed by December of 2019 .
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident outside the state of Missouri
  • Be a 2020 high school graduate
  • Applied for admission to Missouri S&T no later than December 27, 2019
  • Submit an application by the deadline: January 10, 2020

How to Apply

  • Apply for admission two weeks in advance of the January 10th 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 January 10, 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

You have been asked to write a persuasive letter to a Nobel Prize winner that convinces this very successful person to give a lecture at Missouri S&T. Such an inspirational person would receive many such invitations and you need to make S&T standout in your letter. You can include facts, statistics, and quotes about S&T so he or she knows about the campus and who his or her audience would be as you convince him or her to visit Rolla.  (This should be written to an authentic Nobel Prize winner.)


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.