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Missouri Southern State University will host the Four States Regional College Fair on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The fair will be held in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. There will be over 50 colleges, universities and technical schools at the fair.
The fair will be an automated fair. Students can register online at and receive a barcode that they can bring with them to the fair. This barcode will be scanned at the fair and the students will not have to fill out the inquiry card at the college's table.

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How to Apply for Scholarships

• Apply for all scholarships for which you may be eligible.

• You want to create a good impression. Pay careful attention to how you complete the application form.

• Type or print neatly using black ink.

• Fill in all spaces. If a space doesn’t apply to you, use N/A to indicate that it is not applicable. Do not leave items blank.

• Plan what you will write before you start writing on the application form.

• If you ask someone to write a recommendation letter for you, give the person plenty of time to write the letter. Use the Letter of Recommendation Request Form that is in the back of this booklet. If they are to mail the letter for you, supply them with a stamped envelope.

• Pay close attention to all deadlines. If your application is late, it most likely will not be considered.

• Contact the college or university in which you are interested for specific information about financial aid and scholarships available there. It is up to you to find out what is available and apply.

Special Note:

*Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this booklet. However, scholarship information may change; for the latest information on a scholarship, visit the appropriate web site.


AES Engineering
Criteria: Submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in reference the following question:
When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? To submit your essay or for further
information go to their website
Amount: $500
Deadline: October 6, 2016

American Ground Water Trust
Criteria: Must be a senior intending to pursue a career in ground water related field. For more information or to apply, go to their website
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: June 1

The American Legion 2011 Scholarship Programs
Criteria: Students under the age of 21 and a resident of Missouri who are unmarried and a descendant of a veteran with at least 90 days active service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, who received an Honorable Discharge for such service.
Several scholarships are available. Copies of the scholarships may be obtained on their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: April 20

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship
Criteria: Child/Children, or legally adopted child/children, of active duty United States military and Guard, and Reserve personnel who were federalized and died on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Must be a high school senior or high school graduate to apply for the scholarship. Scholarship is for undergraduate study at a U.S. school of higher education. Copies of the scholarships may be obtained on their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: April 15

American Legion 77th Annual Oratorical Scholarship Program
Criteria: Students under the age of 20 and enrolled in grades 9 through 12 may enter the competition. Interested students should see Mr. White. Each contestant will deliver a prepared oration, which must be an original effort. The oration must address some aspect of the Constitution of the United States, which emphasizes the attendant duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. A representative will be chosen from the high school competition to represent our school at county, district, zone and state finals. their website
Amount: State Winners receive $1,500.; National Winners range from $14,000.00 to $18,000.00
Deadline: Contest must be held before November 30

American Medical Technologists Scholarship
Criteria:The award is given to a student in need; therefore the applicant must provide evidence of financial need. The applicant’s course of study must lead to a career in one of the disciplines certified by the American Medical Technologists. The award may only be used to defray tuition costs, and will be sent directly to the school of the recipient’s choice.
their website
Amount: $500
Deadline: April 1

Criteria: Random student scholarship given away four times per year. There is no fee to sign up for this random scholarship drawing. Students can sign up by going to their website and clicking on the “Win a Scholarship” link.
Amount: $1,500.00
Deadline: September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.

AXA Achievement:
Criteria: Students must demonstrate ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for family, self and community; ability to succeed in college. For more information and an application, visit their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Dec. 1

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
Criteria: Seniors who will be enrolling for full-time study as first-time
freshmen at a 4-year college or university in the fall of 2012; plan to major
in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Business Administration, Finance,
Marketing, or Design; are interested in a career in the automotive or related
industries. Program details and the online application are available at their website
Amount: 1,000 scholarships at $2,000.00; renewable for up to 4 years
Deadline: TBA

Burger King Scholars Program
Criteria: Eligible students must have a cumulative gpa of 2.5 or higher and plan to enroll in an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university. To apply visit: their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Dec. 15

Coca-Cola Scholars Program:
Criteria: Students must have a GPA of 3.0 at the end of their junior year to be eligible, and applicants cannot be children or grandchildren of employees or owners of any division of The Coca-Cola Company. Students must progress from Semifinals to Finals and then be designated as one of 200 Regional Scholars to be awarded $10,000 or one of 50 national scholars to be awarded $20,000. For more information on eligibility and to apply, visit their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Oct. 31

Community Foundation of the Ozarks
Criteria: There are several scholarships available. The criteria, amount available and deadlines are listed under each scholarship. For more information, go to their website

Conservation Foundation of Missouri Natural Resource Scholarship
Criteria: The Foundation’s Ed Stegner Natural Resource Scholarships were established to provide major financial aid to encourage and assist students in five areas of natural resource management: fisheries, forestry, wildlife, parks and recreation and soil and water conservation. Download more information and application here.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: December 31

Daughters of the American Revolution
Criteria: The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: history, political science, economics, government or nursing. For more information, please visit: their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline:Feb. 15

Elks National Foundation 2011 Most Valuable Student Scholarship
Criteria: Senior excelling in scholarship and leadership, having financial need. Contest details and applications are available on line at their website. Completed applications should be returned to the Joplin Elks Lodge, 1802 W. 26th Street, Joplin, MO 64804.
Amount: Varies. The Elks National Foundation awards $2,296,000 in college scholarships to a total of 500 high school seniors nationwide.
Deadline: Dec.2

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards:
Criteria: Primary eligibility includes that the students must be a child or grandchild of a living Elk; must exhibit core values of Elks National Foundation: Knowledge, Charity, Community and Integrity; may apply for more than one scholarship, but only one will be awarded; cannot be used for vocational-technical schools; students must take the ACT or SAT by Dec. 31, 2010. Students must apply online. For additional eligibility requirements and to apply, visit their website
Amount: $1,000 per year for four years
Deadline: Feb. 1

The (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), or FAFSA, is the first step in the financial aid process. Use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as the Pell Grant, student loans, and college work-study. In addition, most states and schools use FAFSA information to award their financial aid. For instructions on how to complete the FAFSA, go to their website

Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund Scholarships
Criteria: Student must be a dependent of a federal employee. For more information and to apply, go to their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Varies

Criteria: Fireside Catholic Publishing is pleased to recognize five outstanding Catholic High School seniors who are daily "putting their faith into action." Five winners will receive $1000 cash awards for writing a 750 word essay on how their religious education is influencing their lives. For more information, please contact their website
Deadline: Dec. 19

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Criteria: Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American; are a citizen/legal permanent resident or nationals of the United States; have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (un-weighted); will be enrolling for the first-time at a U.S. accredited* college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student in the fall of 2011; or GED; have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities; meet the Federal Pell Grant* eligibility criteria; and have all three forms (Nominee Personal Information Form completed by the student, Nominator Form completed by an educator familiar with the student’s academic record and a Recommender Form completed by a person familiar with the student’s leadership and community service) submitted by the deadline.
The online application process is available at their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Jan. 14

Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program
Criteria: Senior with financial need who has exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Must have a critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is preferred; if higher, an explanation must be provided);
Minimum GPA of 2.0, with involvement in co-curricular and community service activities. Commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree; must be a U.S. citizenship Submit an online application on their website
There is a Missouri Scholarship Program and also a National Scholarship
Amount: One-hundred and Four $20,000.00 scholarships
Deadline: October 30

Horatio Alger Missouri Scholarship Program
Criteria: Senior with critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family is preferred; if higher, an explanation must be provided); who has exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Minimum GPA of 2.0, with involvement in co-curricular and community service activities. Commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree, resident of Missouri and U.S. citizen. Submit an online application at their website
Amount: Ten $5,000.00 scholarships
Deadline: October 25

Imagine America Scholarship
Criteria: Must plan on attending a technical, vocational or career college. Likelihood of successful completion of postsecondary education; high school grade point average of 2.5 or greater; financial need; demonstrated voluntary community service during senior year.
For more information or to apply, go to their website
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Dec. 31

Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarships
Criteria: Kohl's accepts nominations for the Kids Who Care scholarship program. Nominees are evaluated based on their volunteer service and are awarded scholarships and prizes at three levels: Store, Regional and National.
Store winners are awarded a $50 Kohl's Gift Card, Regional winners a $1,000 scholarship toward their post-secondary education and National winners a $5,000 scholarship, plus Kohl's donates $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on behalf of each National winner.
their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Apply February 1 through March 15

Military Scholarships
Criteria: There are many scholarships available from the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. For more information, visit the appropriate website:
Air Force ROTC
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Missouri Insurance Education Foundation
Criteria: Four $1500 scholarships will be awarded to Missouri graduating high school seniors who will be full-time students in an accredited Missouri college or university and with an interest or intent of pursuing an insurance, risk management, or actuarial science course of study. their website
Amount: $1,500
Deadline: March 31

Missouri Sheriff’s Association Scholarship
Criteria: Will be presented to sixteen college-bound Missouri high school seniors who intend to pursue a criminal justice career and will be attending a Missouri college or university.
Student must be in good standing with his/her school and must have a good reference from his/her high school counselor. Student must demonstrate financial need and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Student should be active in extra-curricular activities. Student must include a paragraph with the application detailing his/her goals ten years after high school graduation. Amount: $1,000
Due Date: Jan. 31

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award
Criteria: An applicant for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards need to be a graduating high school senior who is entering his or her freshman year at an accredited two-or four-year university, college, or vocational institute in the fall of 2015 and who owns/operates an established business. Many applicants participate in organizations such as DECA, Junior Achievement, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), among others, but this is not a requirement. The Award recipients are selected by an independent scholarship organization. Scholarships are merit-based, not based on financial need.
Award recipients are selected by an independent scholarship organization. Scholarships are merit-based, not based on financial need. Apply online at their website
Amount: $1,000 - $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 18

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Criteria: The Prudential Community spirit Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated exemplary community service. To be eligible you must be a high school student and be engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred last year. Applicants need to visit their website to complete the online application.
Amount: $1,000 - $6,000
Deadline: Nov. 4

SAE Engineering Scholarships
Criteria: In recognition of the important contributions made by engineers to improve the quality of life, the society of Automotive Engineers is proud to offer a number of scholarships to qualified students who are interested in the study of engineering or related sciences. Scholarship requirements include:
Being a High School senior, pursuit of an engineering or related degree field, competitive ACT scores. For more information and to obtain a application, visit their website
Amount: Varies
Deadline: Jan. 15

Show-Me Chapter Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Scholarship
Criteria: SWCS provides financial assistance to students wishing to pursue degrees in a conservation or natural resource-related field at properly accredited colleges or universities. An essay is required. The topic is on the website. Go to their website for an application and more information.
Amount: $2,000 awarded.
Deadline: Dec. 1

Many scholarships are available from individual colleges and universities. Students should contact the Financial Aid office at the school(s) of their choice for more information.

DISCLAIMER: These scholarships are listed for the student’s convenience only. The MHS Academic Advisory Department does not endorse any of these scholarships. We also caution students and parents to be aware that any personal information submitted in the paper applications or over the Internet has no guarantee of privacy. Please read each web site’s privacy statement before submitting any personal information (including your e-mail address). In addition, it is important for every applicant to research all pertinent information regarding the scholarship application and requirements in this file on the scholarship sponsor’s web site.


Writing a Letter of Thanks

When you receive a scholarship, you should acknowledge the donor with a thank you letter.

Following are some guidelines for writing thank you letters:

• Write legibly and use quality paper or stationery. If your handwriting is not legible, type the letter.
• Address the donor by name, thank him/her for the scholarship and tell how you will use the scholarship.
• Tell a little about yourself and your future plans.
• Close by thanking the person again and using an appropriate closing, such as “Sincerely” and sign your name.

*Do not send a thank you note by email. A written thank you letter is best.

Financial Aid Information on the Internet

The Internet can be a valuable tool for finding information on financial aid and scholarships, as well as college and career information. However, please remember that any personal information submitted online has no guarantee of privacy. Be sure to read each web site’s privacy statement before submitting personal information, including email addresses. Also be wary of web sites that charge for using their services. There are many free web sites available.

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