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Freshman Admission Scholarships

Learn what scholarships you could qualify for automatically!

Truman offers a number of admission scholarships to incoming domestic freshman students. By completing your free undergraduate application to Truman, you are automatically considered for a number of Automatic Scholarship awards. Information on this site is for students entering Truman as freshman from Spring 2024 through Fall 2024.

TruMerit Scholarship

Any student eligible for the University’s TruMerit Scholarship is automatically admitted to Truman State University with only an application, transcript and verified test score required. Learn more about TruMerit Scholarship Eligibility >

Other Admission Scholarships

QualificationsAward Amount(s)
A+ RecognitionTruman-funded and automatically awarded to admitted freshman in recognition of Missouri A+ program completion. Program completion must be verified on the final high school transcript.$500 per year
Missouri Girls State & Missouri Boys StateAdmitted students who attended Missouri Girls State or Missouri Boys State.$1,000 per year
International Baccalaureate (IB)IB Diploma Candidate status must be noted on HS transcript for competitive consideration. Completion must be verified on official final transcript.$2,000 per year award
President’s HonoraryLimited number of awards given to students.Varying amounts
Bulldog LegacyAdmitted students who are children, step-children, or grandchildren of alumni of Truman, or whose sibling currently attends or graduated from Truman.Missouri residents - $1,000 per year
Out-of-State residents - $2,000 per year
JBA ScholarshipAutomatically awarded to students who were admitted to Joseph Baldwin Academy (JBA) in the past.$1,000 per year (not available until Fall 2024)
Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)Automatically awarded to admitted students from IN, KS, MN, NE, ND, OH and WI who do not qualify for an Out-of-State TruMerit Scholarship.MSEP amount for 2023-2024 academic year is estimated at $3,834. MSEP award value, determined annually, reduces out-of-state tuition to 150% of in-state tuition rate, with this scholarship covering the difference.
Non-Resident Tuition GrantAutomatically awarded to admitted students whose non-custodial parent is a Missouri resident or for students who are spouses, dependent children, or are a current/recent member of a branch of Military.Tuition grant covering the out-of-state portion of tuition ($8,400 for 2023-2024 academic year).
TruMusic ScholarshipAutomatically awarded to admitted students who are declared Music majors.$1,000 per year (not available until Fall 2024)

The Non-Resident portion of tuition for 2024 is estimated to be $8,400. Award packages for Non-Missouri residents are adjusted appropriately if the student becomes a Missouri resident. Out-of-State TruMerit, Non-Resident Tuition Waiver, Non-Resident Tuition Grant and MSEP are designed to assist the out-of-state portion of tuition and cannot be combined. Students eligible for multiple awards designed to assist with the out-of-state portion of tuition will receive the award of the greatest value. If awarded a tuition grant, other scholarships in your award package will be updated to reflect consideration as an in-state student.

Test Scores & GPA

Automatic scholarships are awarded based upon your cumulative GPA and college entrance exam scores (ACT or SAT) at the time of application. There is no need to make any special requests — when your GPA and ACT or SAT scores meet the award threshold, the Admission Office will automatically award these scholarships upon acceptance.

More Automatic Awards & Info

The best parts about scholarships? Many automatic scholarships and most competitive scholarships can be stacked and renewed. As a Truman student, you will simply need to meet the Scholarship Renewal Guidelines. Candidates may receive multiple automatic and/or competitive awards. Some larger awards may replace, or supersede, other awards. Scholarships are primarily intended to assist with the direct cost of tuition. Truman-funded scholarships apply only to tuition and on-campus room and meal plans; they do not apply to fees.

Keep Us Updated

Planning to take the ACT after you have applied? Maybe you finished your senior year with your best GPA yet? We will continue updating the TruMerit Scholarship and Non-Resident Tuition Waiver awards throughout the year, reflecting your improvement in GPA and/or ACT/SAT scores. We will accept either the ACT or SAT through the June test date of your senior year and improvements to your final GPA can also increase your automatic scholarship awards.

But I’m A Transfer Student

Never fear! Transfer students are eligible for a number of automatic awards as well. Jump over to our transfer scholarships page to learn about requirements and when you should complete your transfer application.