Competitive Scholarships

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. Competitive scholarship selections are currently underway.  Submit your admission essay and activities list as soon as possible for consideration. Most selection processes will take December through early February.

Competitive ScholarshipsQualifications for ConsiderationAward Amount(s)
General John J. PershingTop candidates have exceptional academic and co-curricular accomplishments and are typically in the top 3% of their HS class with ACT or SAT scores in the top 3% nationally. Must be accepted by Jan. 15 for consideration.Twelve awards annually. Covers tuition and average on-campus room and meal plan annually, plus a one-time $4,000 per year study abroad stipend. Supersedes other Truman-funded awards.
Harry S. Truman LeadershipMissouri residents who demonstrate impactful classroom, school and/or community leadership. Designed to invest in the development of tomorrow’s leaders, recognizing the value of diverse contributions in Truman’s community.Limited number of $10,000/yr awards granted annually that assist with tuition and on-campus room and meal plan costs, plus a 4-yr leadership development program. Supersedes other Truman-funded awards.
Live, Learn, Lead ScholarshipEngaged, service-oriented students who will enhance the University’s vibrant on-campus residential community of learners.Limited number of $1,500/yr awards granted annually to assist with on-campus living expenses.
Missouri Boy’s State & Missouri Girl’s StateMissouri residents who completed Missouri Boy’s State or Missouri Girl’s State, considered competitively.Twenty $1,000/yr Boy’s State and twenty $1,000/yr Girl’s State awards granted annually.
International Baccalaureate (IB)IB Diploma Candidate status must be noted on HS transcript for competitive consideration; completion must be verified on official final transcript.Fifteen $2,000/yr awards granted annually.
President's LeadershipSignificant record of leadership in classroom, community and/or co-curricular activities while maintaining exemplary academic achievement.Limited number of awards in varying amounts.
President's HonoraryRecord of exceptional academic achievement.Limited number of awards in varying amounts.

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. Many 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

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.