Competitive Scholarships

Now is the time to apply for admission!

Two Pursuits, One Application

Truman does not require a separate scholarship application for competitive scholarships, saving you the time and the hassle of finding a scholarship you qualify for. All materials that you submit with your application for admission are reviewed in the competitive scholarship selection process. Domestic scholarship candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for admission and submit an activities list by December 1.

Competitive ScholarshipsQualifications for ConsiderationAward Amount(s)
General John J. PershingMust be accepted by Jan. 15. Top candidates are typically in the top 3% of their HS class with ACT or SAT scores in the top 3% nationally with exceptional academic & cocurricular accomplishments.Twelve awards annually covering up to full tuition, room & board per year at the average 2-person room rate plus a one time study abroad stipend of up to $4,000/yr. Supersedes other Truman-funded scholarships.
Harry S. Truman LeadershipMissouri residents accepted by Jan. 15 who demonstrate impactful classroom, school and/or community leadership. Designed to recognize the important of diverse contributions in the Truman community and to invest in the development of tomorrow's leaders.A limited number of $10,000/yr awards that apply toward the cost of tuition and on-campus room & board. Includes a 4-year leadership development program. Supersedes other Truman-funded scholarships.
Missouri Boy's State/ Missouri Girl's StateMissouri residents who participated in the Missouri Boy's or Girl's State are considered competitively based upon academic & cocurricular records.A limited number of $1,000/yr awards.
International BaccalaureateIB Diploma Candidate status must be noted on high school transcript for consideration; completion must be verified on official final transcript.A limited number of $2,000/yr awards.
President's LeadershipExemplary record of leadership in classroom, community &/or cocurricular activities combined with outstanding academic achievement.Several renewable awards in varying amounts.
President's HonorarySignificant academic achievement & cocurricular involvement.Several renewable awards in varying amounts.
Jim Sears LeadershipMissouri residents with strong records of leadership & community service.Ten $1,000/yr awards; one per MO State Congressional District & two at-large.
National Merit ScholarshipAccepted applicants who are National Merit Finalists who designate Truman as their 1st choice institution.Several renewable awards in varying amounts.
Foreign Language ScholarshipStudents planning to major in a foreign language that is taught at Truman.Several renewable awards in varying amounts.
Art, Music or Theatre ServiceExcellence in music, art or theatre.Varying amounts; for details contact 660-785-4417.
Service in Forensics (Speech/Debate)Exemplary performance in forensics, speech & debate based upon audition.Varying amounts; for details contact 660-785-4065 or at
ROTC ScholarshipBased on GPA and ACT/SAT scores of ROTC participants.Varying amounts; contact 660-785-4451.

Give Us The (Extra) Goods

Although not required, students who provide details about their extracurricular involvements by submitting an activities list or résumé will have a stronger scholarship application. To make sure that you receive consideration for the most relevant awards, submit your document(s) with your admission application. Active outside of school? We would love to hear about that, too! Providing details about your volunteer efforts or how you started a new organization are welcome additions to your file.

Competitive Review

The Competitive Scholarship review process begins in early December and continues until all awards have been distributed. Most scholarship recipients are notified via mail of their additional awards by late January. Most competitive awards can be stacked with both automatic and other competitive scholarships. Additionally, all competitive scholarships are renewable according to our Scholarship Renewal Guidelines.

But I’m A Transfer Student

Never fear! Transfer students are eligible for a number of competitive awards, too! Head over to our transfer scholarships page to learn about requirements and when you should complete your transfer application.