Freshmen Merit-Based Scholarships

When you apply for admission to S&T, you are also applying for some S&T merit-based scholarships.  

Merit-based scholarships are awarded when you are admitted to S&T and are based on your academic accomplishments and ACT/SAT scores. The following merit-based scholarships are only available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. See international student merit-based scholarships.


If you are eligible for merit scholarships, an award letter will be included in your admit packet from S&T. In late March, a complete financial aid award package will be sent that details all aid you qualify for, including scholarships, need-based grants, and state and federal loan programs. Below are the scholarship packages for all new freshman starting in fall 2020. (All merit scholarships for past years will continue under the terms and amounts previously awarded.)

Fall 2020 scholarships: Missouri Resident

All merit scholarships require a minimum cummulative GPA of 3.00 to qualify.

Scholarship name Award for Missouri residents Minimum ACT/SAT 
Groundbreaker Package

$7,000 33 ACT / 1450 SAT
$6,500 30 ACT / 1360 SAT
$4,500 27 ACT / 1260 SAT
$2,500 24 ACT / 1160 SAT
  • Most entering freshmen merit-based awards require the student to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours at Missouri S&T and maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA for renewal. They are available for up to 8 semesters.
  • A first-time college freshman is defined as a student who enrolls at Missouri S&T during the first regular academic semester (fall or spring) after high school graduation.

Fall 2020 scholarships: Out of State Residents

All merit scholarships require a minimum cummulative GPA of 3.00 to qualify.

Scholarship name Award for out of state residents Minimum ACT/SAT 
Groundbreaker Package $16,000 30 ACT / 1360 SAT
$12,000 27 ACT / 1260 SAT
$6,000 24 ACT / 1160 SAT
  • Most entering freshmen merit-based awards require the student to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours at Missouri S&T and maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA for renewal. They are available for up to 8 semesters.
  • A first-time college freshman is defined as a student who enrolls at Missouri S&T during the first regular academic semester (fall or spring) after high school graduation.
  • Out of state residents who become Missouri residents will be assessed instate tuition and forfeit the out of state merit scholarships.

Scholarship Renewal Criteria

Scholarship renewal criteria varies between scholarships. See our scholarship renewal criteria table or visit a particular scholarship's page on our site for more information.

View scholarship renewal criteria