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 (5) 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, 2023 deadline
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident outside the state of Missouri
  • Be a spring 2024 high school graduate
  • Applied for admission to Missouri S&T no later than November 14, 2023
  • Submit an application by the deadline, December 1, 2023 11:59pm CST

How to Apply

  • Apply for admission at least two weeks before the December 1 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.

Distinguished Scholars Award Application

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 and reflect on your educational path and how your education at S&T has prepared you for your life and career.

Essay Requirements

  • Your essay should be 500 - 750 words, typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman font and double spaced.
  • You must use MLA style formatting.
  • An abstract page is not needed.
  • Your reference page should include a minimum of three references (various S&T website pages are acceptable).
  • Uploaded essays should be in PDF format.

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


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.